Rep. Mark DeSaulnier In Critical But Stable Condition: Family

Nick Garber

March 31, 2020

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA ­ Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D–Contra Costa County) remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition on Tuesday, his 68th birthday ­ more than two weeks after he suffered a traumatic rib fracture during a fall and later contracted pneumonia.

"We’ve been heartened by all the support, strength, and birthday wishes for our Dad," DeSaulnier's sons, Tristan and Tucker, said in a statement. "It’s inspiring to hear from so many who care for and have shared so much with him over the years."

The congressman's sons said their father has been "characteristically resilient" since the injury, which he suffered during a run.

"While his situation remains serious, he is showing progress as his doctors continue to treat his pneumonia," they said. "His road to recovery is uncertain, ongoing, and will take time. Right now, our priority – and his – is ensuring improvement continues."

DeSaulnier's office first announced his hospitalization on March 16, saying he was in serious but stable condition. By March 24, his office said his condition had deteriorated and that he was listed as critical.

DeSaulnier has tested negative for COVID-19, according to his office. He lives in Concord, and his official biography describes him as an "avid runner," having completed 21 marathons.

The 11th congressional district covers most of Contra Costa County, including Concord, El Cerrito, Lamorinda, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, Walnut Creek, most of Danville and parts of Martinez.

This article originally appeared on the Walnut Creek Patch