Mike Walker, who served as a Baton Rouge Metro Councilman for 12 years, is recovering from a heart attack he had on Friday morning while driving.
Walker served as Mayor Pro Tempore in his final term as Metro Councilman, ending in 2012. He also unsuccessfully ran for mayor-president against Kip Holden.
He’s spent the past few years working in real estate.
Mike Smith, a spokesman for Walker, posted the following update on Facebook this weekend:
“Former Metro Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tempore Mike Walker suffered a heart attack while driving on Friday morning in Baton Rouge. Thankfully, he was able to pull into the parking lot of the East Side Fire Department on Old Hammond Highway where firemen and other first responders assessed his condition and provided immediate treatment. EMS then transported Mr. Walker to Baton Rouge General Hospital.
“As of this afternoon doctors continue to monitor Mr. Walker’s condition. They have tentatively scheduled surgery for Monday, pending the outcome of additional tests this weekend.
Prayers are requested. Mike is one of the kindest men ever to serve in local government.”
Walker’s daughter, Ashleigh Walker Cambre, posted the following update Monday morning:
“Update on daddy: (Doctors) came in and he will have stent surgery tomorrow, possibly 4 stents, 3 stents for sure, and stay overnight. He will be discharged next day and then return in 2 weeks for robotics surgery. This will be a 2 part surgery process. From myself and my family we can’t thank everyone enough for all the calls, texts, visits, and love we have been given for us and especially for our dad. Please keep the prayers coming.”