Update on John Sullivan

Tulsa, OK – Spokesman: Sullivan constituent needs will be met

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A spokesman says the needs of the constituents of an Oklahoma congressmen who took a leave of absence to seek treatment for an alcohol addiction will be met while he is gone.

The Tulsa World reports from its Washington bureau that spokesman John Tidwell says U.S. Rep. John Sullivan "made specific arrangements to ensure his congressional offices in both Oklahoma and Washington will remain open and fully functional."

Sullivan released a statement Friday saying he had entered the Betty Ford Center in California to receive treatment for his addiction. According to information on the center's Web site, the length of first-time inpatient treatment often is 30 days.

The 44-year-old Tulsa Republican did not say in his statement how long he would be at the center.

Concerning legislation that Sullivan might miss during his absence, Tidwell could not be as specific, because legislative schedules can be uncertain.

Congressional leaders have indicated that members of Congress should expect a full agenda during the coming weeks.


Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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