Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia senate minority leader Don Caruth is battling a recurrence of a form of brain cancer he was treated for in 2008.
The Mercer County republican said in a letter Wednesday he's staying at home while he seeks medical treatment for the condition.
The 59-year-old was first elected to the senate in 2004 after serving a term in the House of Delegates.
As minority leader, he has articulated the republican agenda on taxes, the budget and other legislative priorities.
In his statement, Caruth offers his thanks to people who have expressed concern about him, but asks for privacy as he's treated for the illness.
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