SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) — Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) is recovering in the hospital after falling from a ladder at his home in Sarasota on Wednesday.
The congressman’s staff posted to Twitter to thank everyone for their well-wishes and to give an update on his condition.
Rep. Steube fell 25 feet from a ladder while cutting tree limbs on Wednesday afternoon. In a 911 audio recording obtained by News Channel 8, a witness told dispatchers a branch fell onto the ladder and knocked it out from under Steube. The impact left him with lacerations and bruising on a large area of his body, as well as cognitive symptoms, according to the 13-minute-long recording.
“It’s a bad sight, man,” the caller said. “It’s an emotional sight, is all.”
The congressman was rushed to the hospital, where he spent the night in the intensive care unit. Rep. Steube was moved from the ICU on Thursday afternoon, according to a statement from his staff.
“He is making progress and in good spirits,” Steube’s staff wrote on Twitter. “Congressman Steube and his family would like to express their deepest thanks to the team of doctors, nurses, and medical personnel treating him.”
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) spoke with Rep. Steube and his wife Thursday morning, according to a post on his Twitter account. McCarthy said Steube was tapped to serve on the newly-approved “Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.”
It appears Rep. Steube will not be able to participate in a House vote until he recovers and can travel to Washington D.C. The Speaker announced just hours before that members will no longer be allowed to vote by proxy.
“Effective immediately, Members of Congress have to show up to work if they want their vote to count,” McCarthy wrote.
Rep. Greg Steube represents District 17, which covers all of Sarasota and Charlotte counties, as well as parts of Lee county.