WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was hospitalized on Wednesday after falling at a private dinner in Washington, D.C., according to a spokesperson.
A spokesperson for McConnell, 81, told CBS News and The Associated Press that the senior senator from Kentucky was at a dinner at a Washington hotel when he tripped and fell.
Update 1:35 p.m. EST, March 9: McConnell’s spokesperson said the senator suffered a concussion and will be hospitalized “for a few days of observation and treatment,” the AP reported.
-Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Original report: “This evening, Leader McConnell tripped at a local hotel during a private dinner,” McConnell spokesperson David Popp said in a statement. “He has been admitted to the hospital where he is receiving treatment.”
DEVELOPING: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been hospitalized after falling at a private dinner. https://t.co/spqhKad4B6— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 9, 2023
McConnell (R-Ky.), is serving his seventh term in the Senate. He first took office in 1985 and was the Senate majority leader from 2015 until January 2021, according to NBC News.
No further details on his condition or the incident were given, according to the news outlet.
The average age of senators this year is 65, according to the AP.
In 2019, McConnell fractured his shoulder when he fell outside his home in Louisville, Kentucky.
McConnell is the third senator to receive treatment in the past month.
On March 2, a spokesperson for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), said she was hospitalized with shingles.
Sen. John Fetterman, (D-Pa.), who suffered a stroke during his campaign for the Senate last year, was expected to remain away from Washington while receiving care for clinical depression.