UPDATED 5:05pm, April 20, 2015

The office of Senator Seliger released the following statement:

AUSTIN--At around 5:00 P.M. yesterday afternoon, Senator Kel Seliger was in a motorcycle accident involving a vehicle whose driver was cited at the scene. While the senator sustained several injuries and underwent surgery this morning, he is recuperating comfortably.

Senator Seliger would like to extend his heartfelt appreciation to the talented and caring medical staff at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin as well as the emergency medical personnel and first responders at the scene of the accident.

He would also like to thank his family, friends, and colleagues in the Texas Legislature for their well wishes and kind words. He is eager to get back to work.



Kel Seliger, Facebook

The Texas Senate will be without a senator from the Panhandle.

Senator Kel Seliger (R- Amarillo) was injured Sunday in motorcycle crash in Austin. A Seliger spokeswoman tells the Associated Press that Seliger had elbow and ankle surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. He is expected to return to the Senate in about a week.

The 61 year-old senator currently serves as the chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee. He was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2004. The District 31 he represents spans 37 counties from the Panhandle, to the western South Plains to the Permian Basin.

Seliger also serves on the Senate Education Committee, Senate Finance Committee, Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development, and the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce.