"I did not anticipate that I would miss any of this legislative session due to my surgery, and it was difficult to be away, given the importance of this session in particular," Thomas said. "However, I have been kept well-informed and up to date on what is happening to address the statewide property tax problem.
"While much work has been done already to help homeowners substantially, there is a great deal of room for improvement. I believe we can further reduce spending at all levels of government."
Thomas returned as a member on two House legislative committees, Judiciary and Courts and Criminal Code.
In December, Thomas had a laminectomy, a surgical procedure for treating spinal stenosis by relieving pressure on the spinal cord.
He had the procedure after experiencing problem walking during parades in the summer. His surgery also included the removal of bone spurs.
However, shortly after have the procedure, Thomas began to experience severe migraine-like headaches.
Doctors informed Thomas the headaches were "spinal headaches" and were being caused by a leaking of spinal fluid.
He then had a second procedure performed where doctors created a "patch" in the area where the laminectomy was performed. However, the "patch" did not worked as efficient has hoped.
The current legislative session is set to conclude in March. Thomas has yet to file for re-election for District 44.
The filing deadline for state positions is noon, Feb. 22.
Currently, three people have filed for candidacy for District 44, including Republican Duane Conover and Democrats Richard Thompson and Nancy Michael.