U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has been hospitalized after tripping at a Washington D.C. hotel, according to his press secretary.
The 81-year old Kentucky senator fell after a dinner, according to the spokesman who later shared McConnell is being treated for a concussion.
“Leader McConnell tripped at a dinner event Wednesday evening and has been admitted to the hospital and is being treated for a concussion,” McConnell Communications Director David Popp shared Thursday afternoon. “He is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days of observation and treatment. The Leader is grateful to the medical professionals for their care and to his colleagues for their warm wishes.”
Kentucky Republican Party chairman Mac Brown offered well wishes in a statement sent to Kentucky media on Thursday.
“I join all those wishing Leader McConnell a quick and speedy recovery,” said Mac Brown, Chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky. “As the U.S. Senate Republican Leader, Senator McConnell is the tip of the spear in leading the Republican conference. We wish him and Elaine well, are praying for them both, and are looking forward to seeing him back on the Senate floor.”
McConnell is serving his sixth-term in the United States Senate, where he is the longest serving Republican leader. He was first elected into GOP leadership in 2007, and rose to the role of majority leader from 2015 to 2021. He has remained in GOP leadership since losing the majority.
In 2019, McConnell underwent shoulder surgery after tripping and falling outside of his home in Louisville, Kentucky. He missed several weeks after the surgery as he underwent physical therapy.
Democrats hold a slim 51-49 majority in the U.S. Senate.