House Democrat suffers serious fall, admits to alcohol dependence

Arizona Democrat Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick just shocked Congress with a major confession.

According to, Kirkpatrick revealed on Wednesday that she suffered a major fall last week that resulted in her being rushed to the hospital for treatment of multiple cracked ribs and spinal fractures. She also admitted that the underlying cause of the was alcohol dependence.

She was granted an emergency leave of absence from the House on Jan. 10 for undisclosed reasons and just came forward to reveal what’s been going on.

Seeking treatment

The fall obviously created some embarrassment for the Arizona congresswoman. To her credit, though, she did not try to hide the truth of the incident from her constituents.

On Wednesday, Kirkpatrick officially put rumors to rest regarding the fall, her physical recovery, and the plan to move forward.

“I sincerely thank the many people who have reached out in support after my accident last week. The fall was serious, but with physical therapy, I will fully recover,” she said.

She went on: “I do, however, have another challenge I must face, which was the underlying cause of the fall. Beginning next week, I will receive treatment that I have struggled to ask for, to treat my alcohol dependence.”

Kirkpatrick, who is 69 years old, said that while she is in recovery, her office will remain open and fully operational. She added that her voice votes would be recorded and submitted for the congressional record.

Three-time representative

Kirkpatrick has been in the headlines before for her battle against the late Sen. John McCain (R) for his seat during his final Senate race.

Prior to unsuccessfully facing off against McCain in 2016, Kirkpatrick served a total of three terms in the House. Her first stint was in 2009, where she only served her freshman term.

After being defeated in the 2010 election, Kirkpatrick returned to the Senate for two terms, serving from 2013 to 2017. She left the House to run against McCain in 2016, but lost, then ran for Congress again in 2018 to win her current seat.

Kirkpatrick will talk an extended time away from the House while she goes through her alcohol recovery program.

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