Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) returned to the Senate Thursday, nearly one year after suffering a major stroke.
Also welcoming Kirk was Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who honored Kirk with an empty seat at President Barack Obama's 2012 State of the Union address after the two planned to sit together in a show of bipartisanship. Manchin tweeted his support for Kirk just after his return on Thursday:
I am so honored to call this remarkable man my friend. yfrog.com/hspl1qkj
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) January 3, 2013
"I wanted to make sure we could update the people of Illinois on my progress against this stroke," Kirk said in a video that was released in August 2012.
Watch a video of Kirk's return to Capitol Hill above.