Secretary Norman Mineta is out of the hospital after a long recuperation
from back surgery to relieve chronic pain, The Associated Press reported.
ran the department with the help of telecommunications equipment
during a three-month stay at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
doctors had to realign this bent chassis,” Mineta said. “I feel
better than I sound, which is the opposite of a few months ago.”
had surgery in August to relieve his back pain, which reappeared
after a plane trip to Guantanamo Bay in November. Doctors found
the pain was caused by a staph infection and made worse by a curvature
of the spine. He was hospitalized Nov. 29 to cure the infection
and underwent another back operation Jan. 24.
71, is the only Democrat in President Bush's Cabinet. The former
10-term House member and ex-mayor of San Jose, CA, became the first
Asian-American Cabinet secretary in 2000, when then-President Clinton
named him to head the Commerce Department.