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Doggett Breaks Leg

Congressman breaks leg while cycling, recovering after surgery

By Daniel Mottola, 4:09PM, Mon. Apr. 21, 2008

U.S. Rep. Doggett: Word on the street is that Doggett was trying to jump Lady Bird Lake on his BMX. Get well soon, Lloyd.
U.S. Rep. Doggett: Word on the street is that Doggett was trying to jump Lady Bird Lake on his BMX. Get well soon, Lloyd.

U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett was injured and hospitalized after crashing his bike Sunday while riding in Austin with his wife Libby. Surgery was performed to repair a broken leg the same day, according to a statement issued by his office Monday, which added that Doggett was wearing a helmet and that he commended the excellent care he received from Austin EMS and Seton Hospital.

“With spring in full swing, we decided to hit the trail, I just hit it a little harder than I had planned,” Doggett said in the statement. He'll be recovering in Austin, and will be on crutches for some time after that. A member of the Bike Caucus, Doggett said he looks forward to returning to work in Washington, even though it will be on crutches.

Demonstrating that his wit wasn't damaged in the crash, Doggett concluded with this zinger: “With one good leg left to stand on, that’s still one more than this lame duck President.”

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