Secretary Norman Y. Mineta was released from Walter Reed Army Medical
Center in Washington, DC, Jan. 6 after being admitted about three
weeks ago for back problems.
He was released
for a brief time during Christmas, but returned because his pain continued.
Mineta, 71, has
long suffered from problems related to a disc in his back and had
surgery last summer to correct it, The Associated Press reported.
A DOT official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Mineta had
canceled all official meetings, appointments and speaking engagements
for January. However, press reports indicated he attended a Cabinet
meeting after being released from the hospital.
Mineta is the
only Democrat in Bush's Cabinet. He also served as President Clinton's
commerce secretary. He was appointed in 2001.
White House officials told The AP Mineta had no intention of
leaving his post anytime soon.