5th Legislative District Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) is recovering after being involved in a recent ski accident, his office has confirmed.
Mullet’s communications specialist Jon Fowler stated on Thursday that Mullet, 44, is “doing fine” after being in “a minor ski accident.”
Mullet explained that he had been skiing at Snoqualmie on Dec. 15 when he fell and injured his knee to the extent of not being able to put weight on it. He said that the damage included “a ruptured ACL and tissue damage.”
The skiing incident resulted in “a surgery that [Mullet] needed to have,” Fowler said.
Mullet went to Swedish Medical Center in Issaquah on Dec. 30 to have the operation performed. The procedure was successful, and he is now recovering at home. Mullet said that he is learning how to walk with crutches, as he will have to use them for the next four to six weeks.
“I’ll be Uber-ing to Olympia!” Mullet laughed.
Despite the crutches, Mullet intends to be in Olympia for the opening of the 2017 legislative session on Monday. He said that he purposely had the date of his surgery moved up from Jan. 6 to Dec. 30 so that he could be well enough to be present in the state Senate.
Mullet was re-elected to the Senate for a second term in November, beating out former 5th District Rep. Chad Magendanz (R-Issaquah) for the Senate seat.
The senator is not only kept busy by his legislative duties; he also owns Issaquah businesses Zeeks Pizza and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, as well as the Bellevue Ben and Jerry’s.
The 5th District encompasses Issaquah, Snoqualmie, North Bend, Black Diamond, Maple Valley, Carnation and areas of Enumclaw and Renton.