Attorney General Tom Miller (file photo) Iowa’s long-time attorney general underwent surgery this morning to treat prostate cancer. Sixty-four-year-old Tom Miller is in his seventh term as Iowa’s attorney general.

His spokesman released a statement at 10 o’clock this morning, saying Miller underwent “successful surgery” at a Des Moines hospital….for an “early stage of prostate cancer.”

According to the statement from his office, Miller considers himself “lucky” to have found the cancer early, while it can be readily treated.

Miller’s doctor expects the attorney general to make a full recovery. Miller will spend “several weeks in recovery before returning to his normal schedule.”

Miller was elected attorney general in 1978. He ran for governor in 1990, lost in a primary, and worked in private practice for four years before running for another term as attorney general in 1994. He was re-elected in 1998, 2002 and 2006.

Read the statement from Miller’s office, as well as his bio, over on The Blog .