Those of us who tuned in to this morning’s Assembly Agriculture meeting witnessed the return of Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro, who has been absent from the legislature for the past few weeks. Today, Taliaferro revealed the reason why: he suffered a brain hemorrhage last month, and has been in the hospital recuperating. Taliaferro looked and sounded great, informing his colleagues and the surprised meeting attendees that he is “still doing some physical therapy” but is grateful that he has received “a positive prognosis of getting back to full health.”
Taliaferro has already proven himself to be a warrior when it comes to overcoming adversity: he suffered a devastating spinal cord injury while playing college football at Penn State that left him paralyzed. Even after surgery, he was given only a 3% chance of ever walking again, but Taliaferro beat the odds and went on to earn a law degree from Rutgers University. He joined the NJ General Assembly in 2015 and represents the 3rd District. He also spearheads the Adam Taliaferro Foundation, which provides assistance to patients with spinal cord injuries and their families throughout the Delaware Valley, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Yet another chapter in this young man’s incredible life story. Welcome back, Assemblyman!