Representative Tim Hallinan of Gillette Recovering After Open Heart Surgery

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Republican state Representative Tim Hallinan of Gillette is recovering from open heart surgery. The 64-year-old Hallinan underwent multiple-bypass surgery at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper on Monday.

Hallinan's wife, Nancy, says he's doing well so far and is expected to make a full recovery if everything goes well. The 2010 Legislative Budget Session starts next week, Nancy says while he hopes to make the session, doctors will dictate how quickly he can get back to work.

Meantime, fellow Campbell County Representative Tom Lubnau will carry the bills that Hallinan planned to bring to the legislative session.

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