INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Sue Landske, R-Cedar Lake, likely will miss at least the first few weeks of the 2014 legislative session as she continues to undergo treatment for lung cancer.
The veteran lawmaker revealed her cancer diagnosis in November but vowed to continue representing south Lake, Newton and Benton counties in the Senate as she has since 1984.
Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said he spoke with Landske on Tuesday. He said she is "fighting hard" and wants to make it to the Statehouse before the Legislature adjourns for the year March 14.
"She is feeling better, but she has some tough treatment ahead of her," Long said. "She'll take it a day at a time and she hopes to get down here yet this session to rejoin us and contribute where she can, but for now she's in a good state of mind."
Long said he and state Sen. Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis, who also spoke with Landske, told her she is their prayers.
Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said every senator and Senate staffer is rooting for Landske.
"The health of any member of this family that we call the Indiana Senate is something which is paramount. So I'm glad to hear that she's in good spirits," Lanane said. "It certainly puts what we do here in perspective, when you have someone as dear to us as Sen. Landske is."
Landske, the assistant Senate president and chairwoman of the Senate Elections Committee, is being treated at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
She has said her doctors are confident she will make a full recovery, and she shares that confidence.