LINTHICUM -- Del. Ted Sophocleus was hospitalized last week after doctors discovered a heart blockage.

State Sen. Ed DeGrange, a longtime friend of the Linthicum Democrat, said Sophocleus was suffering shortness of breath. When he consulted with his physician, they discovered a blockage in his heart.

Sophocleus was admitted to University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, where doctors performed a non-invasive surgical procedure to clear the blockage, DeGrange said. He is expected to take a few weeks to recover, but it is unclear when he will return to the General Assembly in Annapolis.

The 74-year-old delegate was hospitalized briefly during the 2012 session after developing pneumonia.

Appointed to the House in 1992, Sophocleus is a former two-term county councilman. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

Sophocleus is the primary sponsor of three bills this session, making Veterans Day a school holiday, providing a grant to pay for public water service to a food bank in Severn and raising the salary for the Anne Arundel County sheriff.

Sophocleus is seeking reelection to another term in District 32.