Rep. Wayne Howard is being treated for a “serious but not life-threatening” medical condition and his family desires privacy as his treatment continues, a family member says on the state legislator’s voicemail message.
The message says Howard’s treatment began after “most of the serious business” of this year’s legislative session ended. He will address the condition and treatment once he’s cleared by his doctor to speak, it says.
Fellow members of the Augusta legislative delegation said Howard sought privacy but expect him to bounce back after the treatment and remain in office.
“He asked for all of us to continue to pray for him,” Rep. Gloria Frazier, D-Hephzibah, said. “I know he’s going to recover and do what he’s got to do to continue.”
Howard, the delegation’s chairman, successfully defended his seat last year from challenger Gregory Hill to win a sixth two-year term representing the 124th district. He told The Augusta Chronicle during the session he was proud of the delegation’s efforts to lay the groundwork for growth at Augusta University and the passage of the Transportation Investment Act.