Updated 01/03/13 – 4:12 p.m.
WASHINGTON (CBS) — Greeted by applause from fellow members of Congress and a crowd of onlookers, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) returned to the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, climbing the 45 steps of the Capitol Building one at a time.
Kirk returned to Congress nearly a year after suffering a major stroke.
A day before his return, Kirk joked about his task of walking up the Capitol steps in front of a huge crowd.
“I will be thinking cameras are on, don’t trip,” Kirk said.