Governors who have dealt with illness or serious injury

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Posted: Jun 23, 2015 5:30 PM

Below is a list of some governors, like Maryland's Larry Hogan, who experienced illness or injury while in office:

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January 2013: California Gov. Jerry Brown, 74, concluded radiation treatment for early-stage prostate cancer, his second health scare since taking office two years earlier. "I'm ready to go," Brown boasted. "You're going to have me ... to kick around for a long time." Brown became California's oldest sitting governor last year. In 2011 he reclaimed the office he first held from 1975 to 1983. When his radiation therapy was announced in December 2012, his office said he planned to maintain his regular schedule.

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April 2007: New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine, 60, broke his left leg in two places in a near-fatal high-speed car crash on the Garden State Parkway, in which his state-trooper driver was going 91 mph and the governor was not wearing a seat belt. He also sustained 11 broken ribs, a broken sternum and a broken collarbone. Hospitalized for 18 days, he then did physical therapy while working at the governor's mansion. He gradually resumed his normal heavy schedule by August. Democratic Senate President Richard J. Codey filled in for Corzine for more than three weeks after the crash, and again in September when Corzine was sedated for surgery.

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Dec 2006: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, 59, worked on his inaugural speech and budget for his second term while hospitalized for four days after undergoing surgery to repair his right thigh bone, which he broke while skiing in Idaho. He skipped inaugural festivities in January, and minimized public appearances and traveling for a couple of months, but was said to be nearly completely healed by March 2007.

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December 2004: Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell, 58, underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after doctors found early-stage breast-cancer following a routine mammogram. Rell, who spent a couple of months at home recuperating after the surgery, felt she had helped restore confidence in state government by initiating ethics reforms and was re-elected in November 2006. She retired in 2010 at the end of her term.

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November 2004: Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, 46, had surgery to remove her right ovary and an ovarian cyst, which was benign. She resumed a normal work schedule three days after the surgery. Napolitano, a two-term Democratic governor first elected in 2002, previously had surgery in 2000 to have her right breast removed after being diagnosed with cancer.

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February 2002: New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey, 44, fell off a ledge and broke his leg while walking on the beach a couple of weeks after his inauguration. Democratic Senate President Richard J. Codey served as acting governor for about three hours while McGreevey was in surgery. McGreevey resumed work less than half a day after his 90-minute surgery.

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February 1999: New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, 52, broke her leg while skiing in Switzerland during the annual World Economic Forum. She resumed work on crutches less than a week later and didn't curtail her travel schedule. Whitman was particularly unlucky with injury and illness during her seven years as governor, breaking her wrist, having an ovarian cyst removed and coming down with appendicitis and a tick-borne disease.

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November 1998: In his second term, Mississippi Gov. Kirk Fordice announced he had cancer again five years after his prostate was removed. Fordice, 64, began radiation treatment in December, after a checkup had uncovered residual cancer. He said he would curtail activities, but the radiation should not interfere with his duties as governor. Previously, he was hospitalized for three weeks in November 1996 after a near-fatal car accident, in which he suffered cuts, broken bones and a bruised heart and lungs. Claiming no memory of the day of the crash, he made his first public appearance nearly two months later when he made his annual State of the State address.

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1982: Three months after taking office, New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean, 44, spent three weeks hospitalized in traction for a herniated disc. Kean, who served as governor from 1982 to 1990, held bill signing ceremonies and kept up with correspondence while in the hospital, but could not immediately return to his office in the capital, Trenton.

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April 1980: Connecticut's first female governor, Democrat Ella Grasso, 61, announced she had uterine cancer and underwent a hysterectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatment. With the prognosis said to be good, she was pronounced "in excellent health" by her physician in July. But she remained unwell with gastric problems, and had curtailed her schedule to work a few days a week for limited periods. On Dec. 4, she announced liver and intestinal cancer had also been discovered, and said she would resign at the end of the year "by reason of physical disability." Lt. Gov. William A O'Neill was sworn in as governor on Dec. 31. Grasso, who had been elected governor in 1974 and re-elected in 1978, died on Feb. 5, 1981.