Vermont Senator Patrick J. Leahy, the longest-serving senator and provisional president, was rushed to a Washington hospital for observation early Tuesday evening after reporting he was not feeling well, his spokesman said.
Mr Leahy, whose position in the Senate puts him third for the presidency, oversaw the start of impeachment proceedings against former President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday. At 80, Mr. Leahy is one of the oldest senators and has served in the Senate since 1975.
After reporting that he was uncomfortable in his office, Mr. Leahy was “examined by the doctor in charge at the Capitol,” said David Carle, the spokesman. “As a precaution, the attending physician recommended that he be taken to a local hospital for observation, where he is now and where he will be examined.”
Mr Leahy received both vaccinations for the coronavirus and it was unclear what his symptoms were.
Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa and Mr. Leahy’s predecessor as President Pro Tempore, was among those who wished Mr. Leahy well in a tweet Tuesday night.