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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell hospitalized after fall


WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was hospitalized after tripping at a hotel, a spokesman said Wednesday.

“Tonight Chef McConnell stumbled into a local hotel while having a private dinner party. He was admitted to hospital where he is receiving treatment,” McConnell spokesman David Popp said in a statement.

McConnell, 81, is serving a seventh term in the Senate, having first been elected in 1984. He served as Senate Majority Leader until early 2021.

No additional information was immediately available about his condition as of Wednesday evening.

The incident was first reported by Punchbowl News, a political news site.

McConnell was first elected to the Senate in 1984 and in 2020 was reelected to a seventh term.

He served as Senate Majority Leader from 2015 until early 2021, when Democrats took over in the majority after the 2020 election.

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