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Georgia congressman Graves’ son injured during cycling race

March 9, 2020 GMT
FILE - In this April 9, 2019 file photo, Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. Rep. Tom Graves’ son was critically injured Sunday, March 8, 2020 while competing in a race with Georgia Tech’s cycling team in Calhoun, Georgia and airlifted to a trauma center. Graves said his son remains in intensive care and “is showing signs of responsiveness. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
FILE - In this April 9, 2019 file photo, Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. Rep. Tom Graves’ son was critically injured Sunday, March 8, 2020 while competing in a race with Georgia Tech’s cycling team in Calhoun, Georgia and airlifted to a trauma center. Graves said his son remains in intensive care and “is showing signs of responsiveness. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
FILE - In this April 9, 2019 file photo, Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. Rep. Tom Graves’ son was critically injured Sunday, March 8, 2020 while competing in a race with Georgia Tech’s cycling team in Calhoun, Georgia and airlifted to a trauma center. Graves said his son remains in intensive care and “is showing signs of responsiveness. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tom Graves’ son was critically injured while competing in a race with Georgia Tech’s cycling team on Sunday morning.

The Republican congressman said on Twitter on Monday that his son John was injured during a cycling event in Calhoun, Georgia and airlifted to a trauma center, where he remains in intensive care.

“He’s a strong boy and is showing signs of responsiveness,” Graves said.

The six-term Graves, who represents Georgia’s conservative northwest corner, announced in December that he’s not seeking reelection this year. Graves said in a statement then that with his wife “near retirement and my kids now suddenly adults, I have decided not to seek reelection in 2020, and instead, join my family in their new and unique journeys.”

Graves is a senior member of the powerful Appropriations Committee.

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Before he ran for Congress in 2010, Graves served seven years in the Georgia legislature. He was first elected to office at age 32.