By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – Sen. Jack Gordon, D-Okolona, has just started the process of undergoing 30 days of radiation and chemotherapy treatments, but he doesn’t plan to let it sideline him from serving the state.
Gordon said he hopes to make the 12 hearings across the state to gain public input before the Legislature undertakes the task of congressional and legislative redistricting next session.
Gordon, one of 20 members of the Joint Legislative Redistricting Committee that will hold the public hearings, underwent surgery on a tumor on the right frontal lobe of his brain in July. Earlier this week he attended a meeting of the Joint Legislative Committee.
The public hearings Gordon plans to attend start Monday and end Sept. 15.
Gordon said doctors said the tumor “was treatable and curable.”
He also said his stay at the University Medical Center after the surgery on Friday, July 23, was unusually short.
“They let me go on Monday,” said Gordon, 65. “They said they do not discharge that many people so soon after surgery, but I started walking the floor of the hospital Sunday morning. I am taking it easy, though. I am doing what they say.”
Gordon represents state Senate District 8, which includes Chickasaw, and portions of Lee, Calhoun and Grenada counties.