Tulalip lawmaker undergoes heart surgery

EVERETT — State Rep. John McCoy of Tulalip is recovering today at Providence Everett Medical Center after undergoing triple bypass heart surgery.

McCoy, 63, had the procedure Wednesday and was in good spirits and was surrounded by family Thursday.

“Everything went well. I am doing everything they have asked me to do,” McCoy said in a statement issued through his legislative office.

McCoy told friends the surgery was scheduled after doctors discovered a problem during a recent routine medical examination

The surgery reroutes, or “bypasses,” blood vessels around clogged arteries to improve blood flow and oxygen to the heart, according to information from the American Heart Association.

McCoy, a Democrat, represents the 38th Legislative District. On Sept. 4, he told those at a meeting of the district’s Democratic leadership that the surgery was a preventive measure and he had not suffered a heart attack or symptoms of a heart problem.

“We all said he would be in our prayers,” said Kelly Wright, a member of the 38th District Democrats, who was one of those in attendance.

McCoy, who is married, has three daughters and nine grandchildren.

He is general manager of Quil Ceda Village. He’s represented Everett, Marysville and the Tulalip Reservation since January 2003.

Reporter Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623 or jcornfield@heraldnet.com.

Reporter Scott Pesznecker contributed to this story.

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