Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell was recently hospitalized after tripping at a local hotel, a spokesman for the senator said.
Mitch McConnell was admitted to the hospital
The Kentucky senator, 81, was attending a private dinner in Washington on Wednesday when he tripped. He was admitted to a hospital for treatment, spokesman Doug Andres said. The dinner was at the Waldorf Astoria Washington DC, formerly the Trump International Hotel, Washington D.C. McConnell’s office did not provide additional detail on his condition or how long he may be absent from the Senate.
In 2019, the GOP leader tripped and fell at his home in Kentucky, suffering a shoulder fracture. At the time, he underwent surgery to repair the fracture in his shoulder. The Senate had just started a summer recess, and he worked from home for some weeks as he recovered.
He was first elected in 1984 and McConnell in January became the longest-serving Senate leader when the new Congress convened, breaking the previous record of 16 years. McConnell loves to keep his life private. But at the start of the pandemic, he opened up about his early childhood experience fighting polio. He described how his mother insisted that he stay off his feet as a toddler and worked with him through a determined physical therapy regime. He has acknowledged some difficulty in adulthood climbing stairs.