Scalise Returns to Capitol for First Vote Since Being Shot: ‘I’m Back’

Rep. Steve Scalise (R., La.) / Getty Images
Rep. Steve Scalise (R., La.) / Getty Images

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) returned to the Capitol on Thursday for the first time since being wounded in a mass shooting in June.

While at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., on June 14, Scalise and four others were shot by a far-left gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, who was killed by Capitol Police. Scalise was taken to the hospital in critical condition after taking a bullet to the hip.

Scalise's office released a statement that he would participate in Thursday's vote series and later address his House colleagues in his first public appearance since the shooting.

"Starting today, Whip Scalise will be resuming his work at the Capitol, while also completing an extended period of out-patient rehabilitation over the coming months," his office stated.

Scalise tweeted out a photo looking out over the National Mall from the Capitol on Thursday, simply writing, "I'm back."

He discussed the injuries he suffered in an interview with "60 Minutes" that will air Sunday.

"My femur was shattered," he said. "The hip and pelvis had serious damage where the bullet went through and, you know, did some damage to areas that had to be shored up with steel plates and then they did a phenomenal job of rebuilding, you know, kind of the, rebuilding Humpty Dumpty. I mean, there were, there was a lot of damage inside that had to get fixed."