Political Notebook


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.