Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy hospitalized after fainting

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U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont was hospitalized Thursday after feeling unwell at his home in McLean, Va., his office said.

As a precaution, Leahy, 82, was taken to a Washington area hospital for testing. On the recommendation of his doctors, he was to stay in the hospital overnight for observation.

Leahy, the longest serving senator, is not seeking re-election in November.

When his term expires in January 2023, Leahy will have served 48 years in the Senate.

In June he fell and broke his hip. At the time, his staff said he needed to make a full recovery. In July, he underwent a second hip operation.

Leahy has made several public appearances since then.

Leahy was rushed to hospital in January 2021, hours after he began presiding over former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. At this time Leahy said he was not feeling well and he was taken to hospital out of an abundance of caution. After being examined, he was sent home.

Leahy is the latest of the so-called Watergate babies, the wave of congressional Democrats elected in 1974 after Republican President Richard Nixon resigned to avoid impeachment.

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