Grijalva announces cancer diagnosis

By Kelsey Brugger | 04/02/2024 01:30 PM EDT

The Natural Resources Committee ranking member said he would return to work “as soon as I am able.”

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.).

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) at the Capitol last year. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva, the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, announced Tuesday he has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

In a statement posted on social media, Grijalva said he was diagnosed with pneumonia after a persistent cough, but further testing revealed the cancer.

“This diagnosis has been difficult to process, but I am confident in the vigorous course of treatment that my medical team has developed, and I’ve begun my journey to fight this cancer,” he said.


Grijalava — whose district spans parts of Tucson, Yuma and Nogales as well as some bits of Phoenix — added that his office will remain open for constituent services.