Rep. Doris Goodale, a Republican from Kingman who suffered a stroke Sunday, is responding to medicine administered to thin a blood clot and is expected to make a full recovery, according to her seat-mate, who has been monitoring her condition.
Republican Rep. Sonny Borrelli of Lake Havasu City has been in contact with Goodale’s family and said Goodale’s MRI went well. She isn’t experiencing paralysis in her arms or legs and doctors say they expect Goodale to make a full recovery, Borrelli said.
“I expect she’ll be just as spry and feisty in the next (legislative) session,” Borrelli said.
House Speaker Andy Tobin noted that Goodale, 64, who is chair of the House Education Committee, is one of the most popular members of the Legislature and there are a lot of people praying for her.
Goodale, who is known for being quick with a smile and a hello, has already received an outpouring of support from her friends at the Capitol and education communities on her Facebook page.
Goodale was first elected to the House in 2008, and has long been involved in education policy in Arizona. She is the former school board president of the Kingman Unified School District and the Kingman Elementary School District.
She was among the 14 Republicans who voted for Gov. Jan Brewer’s AHCCCS expansion plan in the last legislative session.
Her husband Bill died from a stroke last year. She has two children and two grandchildren.