Political Notebook

  • Messer wants GOP leadership position
    Another Hoosier seeks a leadership post with the U.S. House Republican caucus.
  • Lugar Series taking applications
    The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, a political leadership development course for Republican women, is taking applications for its next class until Aug. 1.
  • Zoeller mum after ban ruling
    Attorney General Greg Zoeller has never been shy.He regularly comments on cases, files briefs around the nation and issues a ton of press releases about office activities.

Souder out of hospital


Mark Souder, a former congressman in Indiana's 3rd District, has returned to Fort Wayne after a lengthy hospital stay in Iowa.

Souder and his wife, Diane were driving back from Denver after visiting their son Nathan and his family when the ex-federal lawmaker fell ill March 23 in Iowa City. His said his abdominal pain turned out to be gallstones that were causing pancreatitis, liver problems, a blood infection and high blood pressure.

"I experienced severe pain and needed to go to the emergency room for the first time in my life," Souder, 61, said in a Facebook message Thursday. "After several surgeries and 11 nights of hospitalization, we are finally home. I was very fortunate that our motel the night the attacks started was just a few miles from the University of Iowa Medical Hospitals, where I received excellent care."

He said he and his wife appreciate "all the prayers we received."

Souder was a Republican member of Congress from 1995 until 2010, when he resigned after acknowledging an extramarital affair.