Governor Bill Lee Announces First Lady Maria Lee Has Lymphoma

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said Friday that his wife, First Lady Maria Lee, has lymphoma.

Bill Lee said, “Maria and I have learned that she has lymphoma and will begin treatment immediately. While this news is unexpected, her prognosis is good and it is treatable. Maria and I deeply appreciate prayers for healing. We are hopeful and will share more in the days ahead.”

Lymphoma is cancer that starts in cells that are part of the body’s immune system, according to the American Cancer Society.

Many Tennessee lawmakers reacted to the Governor’s news on Twitter.

Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) wrote, “Praying for healing for @MariaLeeTN and comfort for the entire Lee family.”

Representative David Kustoff (R-TN-08) tweeted, “Roberta and I are praying for @MariaLeeTN, @GovBillLee, and their family during this difficult time. Please join us in our prayers to give her strength and healing during her treatment.”

Representative Mark Green (R-TN-07) also shared, “Camie and I join Tennesseans in praying for strength and healing. Our hearts are with you, @MariaLeeTN @GovBillLee.”

Representative Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04) tweeted, “Amy and I will be praying for strength and healing for Maria and the Lee family during this time. The state of Tennessee will be fighting alongside you the entire way.”

The Tennessee Comptroller’s office tweeted, “Tennessee Comptroller @JasonMumpower and his wife Alicia are praying for the healing and full recovery of First Lady Maria Lee.”

Jason Martin, a Democrat candidate running to unseat Bill Lee as governor, also extended his thoughts and prayers on Twitter, writing, “Jennifer and I are saddened to hear about First Lady Maria Lee’s health challenges. We will be praying for peace for the Lee family, healing for Mrs. Lee, and wisdom for her healthcare team.”

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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network.




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  1. Tim Prive

    Class Act for the Democratic candidate for Governor!