U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is back on the job. Kirk made a triumphant return to Capitol Hill for the start of the new Congress, the first time he has appeared in the Senate since suffering a debilitating stroke almost a year ago.
Even though his mobility on the left side of his body remains clearly limited, Kirk climbed the 45 steps of the U.S. Capitol, supported by Senate colleague Joe Manchin and Vice-President Joe Biden, and surrounded by cheering well-wishers including fellow Illinois Senator Dick Durbin.
The Republican senator says climbing the Capitol steps was a symbolic but meaningful goal as he continues his recovery.