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Former Rep. Diane Watson recovering after heart attack

Diane Watson, former Democratic congresswoman from Los Angeles
Former Rep. Diane E. Watson, reached at her home Thursday, said she is recovering well after suffering a heart attack last week.

"I'm feeling good," Watson said in a telephone interview. "I just came from my doctor, and there is no damage to the heart." She added that doctors are continuing to monitor her for possible blood clot problems.

Watson, 78,  a Los Angeles Democrat, retired from Congress at the end of 2010 after a life in politics that began with her election to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education in 1975.

Three years later she became the first African American woman elected to the state Senate, where she served two decades until term limits forced her out of the state Capitol.  Voters first sent her to Congress during a 2001 special election following the death of Rep. Julian Dixon (D-Los Angeles).

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-- Jean Merl

Photo: Rep. Diane E. Watson as she neared retirement from Congress. Credit: Rod Lamkey Jr. for the Los Angeles Times

 
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