Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was hospitalized on Wednesday evening after falling and sustaining a concussion during a reception and dinner for the Senate Leadership Fund.
The incident occurred at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Washington, D.C., where the political action committee was hosting an event to elect Republicans to the upper chamber.
McConnell’s spokesman David Popp confirmed that the 81-year-old lawmaker had tripped during a private dinner at a local hotel and was admitted to the hospital for treatment. “He has been admitted to the hospital where he is receiving treatment,” Popp said. “He will remain in the hospital for observation and treatment.”
As a polio survivor, McConnell has previously experienced injuries related to his balance issues, including a fractured shoulder four years ago when he fell at his home in Kentucky. Despite this, he remains active in politics.
Popp expressed McConnell’s gratitude towards medical professionals for their care and colleagues for their warm wishes. The leader is expected to stay in the hospital for several more days as he receives treatment and undergoes observation.