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Rep. Ken Buck home after hospitalization for chest pains at congressional baseball practice

Colorado Republican stayed in D.C. hospital overnight with heart pains, but is ‘doing well’

Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., left the Republicans’ congressional baseball team practice on Wednesday with chest pains, but appears to be recovering. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Ken Buck is at home resting and appears to be in high spirits after experiencing chest pains and being rushed to the hospital earlier this week in Washington, D.C.

A spokeswoman for the Colorado Republican confirmed in an email to Roll Call Friday that the congressman was back home after an overnight hospital stay Wednesday night.

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“For 25 years as a prosecutor people told me I had no heart. Yesterday I proved them wrong! I’m truly thankful for everyone’s thoughts and prayers and look forward to a full and speedy recovery,” the Buck tweeted Thursday.

Buck texted a thumbs-up emoji to The Denver Post on Wednesday afternoon when asked if he was feeling OK.

He stayed overnight on Wednesday at a D.C. hospital but said he was “doing well” Thursday, Colorado Politics reported.

Buck, a member of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus, left for the hospital Wednesday morning after practicing with the GOP congressional baseball team. The annual Congressional Baseball Game pitting Republicans against Democrats is scheduled for June 26.

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The Coloradan has come in as a relief pitcher in previous years’ games. In 2018, he struck out two batters in relief, but also gave up five runs.

Democrats crushed the Republicans in the 2018 game, 21-5.

Proceeds from the congressional baseball game go to multiple charities, including the Boys and Girls Club and the U.S. Capitol Police Memorial Fund. The fund honors the officers who saved the lives of dozens of Republican congressmen and aides at a shooting at a team practice in Alexandria, Virginia, in 2017.

Left-wing Illinois man, James Hodgkinson, 66, opened fire on the members and aides with a handgun and an assault rifle. Four people were wounded before Hodgkinson was shot and killed during a gunfight with Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and officers from the Alexandria Police.

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