By Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — Massachusetts Speaker of the House Ron Mariano was recently hospitalized in Florida and fitted with a pacemaker. In a statement, the 74-year-old Democrat from Quincy said he and his wife are heading home and he’ll be seeing his doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“While in Florida for a few days I was admitted to the hospital after experiencing some medical discomfort. I have taken statin medication for some time but have never had an incident before,” Mariano said in a statement. “After some tests I was fitted with a pacemaker and remained in the hospital to monitor and adjust it.”

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Mariano, who was elected speaker late last year after the resignation of longtime Speaker Bob DeLeo, indicated he plans to be back at work soon.

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“I continue to feel stronger and am confident I will resume my regular, full schedule shortly,” he said.

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