Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll was not at the podium as the Pennsylvania Senate reconvened today.
It's the first time in six years that Knoll has missed a Senate session. One of her main duties as lieutenant governor is to preside over the Senate.
Knoll, 77, is undergoing cancer treatment. She disclosed her illness over the summer, but was at the podium when the Senate opened its fall session on Sept. 15.
"As I have stated recently, I am looking forward to a productive fall legislative session and my continuing support of the governor's agenda," Knoll said in a statement issued by her office.
Knoll said she is heeding the advice of her doctors, family members and colleagues to
continue her recovery from cancer treatments at home until she regains her
strength, according to her office.
She said her goal has not changed, which is full recovery and a return to the ambitious schedule she has maintained since taking office in 2003.
She plans to follow Senate proceedings by television and to conduct other official duties from the Lieutenant Governor's residence in Indiantown Gap.
For more in Knoll, visit her Web site at http://www.ltgovernor.state.pa.us