After being diagnosed with a rare neurological condition known as progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), Democratic Representative Jennifer Wexton of Virginia has declared that she would not run for re-election for a fourth term in the House of Representatives. This decision comes after Wexton was given the diagnosis. Wexton had already disclosed, back in April, that she had been given a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis but that she planned to continue serving in Congress despite having the condition.
When compared to Parkinson’s disease, PSP is a condition that is both more severe and more quick in its progression. It has the potential to disrupt functions such as walking, eye movements, speaking, and other activities. Patients diagnosed with PSP have an overall survival rate that ranges between six and nine years, on average.
Wexton released a statement in which she expressed her regret at being forced to step down from her position in Congress but also stated that she was looking forward to spending more time with her family. In addition, she emphasized her determination to continue her work in Congress for the remainder of her term in order to “help build the future we want for our children.”
Wexton was elected to the United States Congress in 2018 and serves as the representative for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. As the district in question has been hotly fought in previous elections, her decision not to run for reelection might make it easier for Republicans to win the seat in the next election, which will take place in 2024.
The difficulties that persons who have unusual medical disorders may have in managing both their health and jobs are shown by Wexton’s first declaration that she had Parkinson’s disease and her later change in diagnosis to PSP.