The morning after a monumental election in the Yellowhammer State, Alabama 5th District U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks announced he has “high-risk” prostate cancer.
The Tea Party-aligned Republican, who has served in Congress since January 2011, announced his diagnosis in an emotional speech on the floor of the House Wednesday morning.
Brooks said he will have surgery on Friday and will have to miss several important House votes next week that were rescheduled after his surgery was on the books.
Brooks also added that losing the Senate primary in August may have saved his life. He was running against eventual nominee Roy Moore, but came in third to Moore and U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, who both went on to a run-off. Brooks said had won, he would not have been able to schedule his physical, which ultimately led to his diagnosis.
“God does work in mysterious ways,” he said.
Watch Brooks’ emotional floor speech below:
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