Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson during the first day of the 81st session of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City on Feb. 1. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent via AP, Pool)
LAS VEGAS — Nevada Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson is recovering after receiving surgery for prostate cancer this week, a spokesperson said.
Assembly Democratic Caucus Executive Director Chelsey Wininger said Frierson, 51, had a successful outpatient surgery on Wednesday and expects to return to the Legislature on Monday.
"I feel good and am looking forward to getting back to the business of the Legislature," Frierson said in a statement. "I'm grateful for my colleagues who have stepped in during my absence to keep the session running smoothly."
Frierson said the cancer was detected early through regular check-ups, KSNV-TV reported Thursday.
"I encourage all men in Nevada to be there for their families and take their health seriously," he said.
Frierson was elected to his current Assembly run in 2016 after previously serving from 2011 to 2014. He has been the speaker of the lower chamber for the last three legislative sessions.