Newly Sworn-In Congressman Collapses At The Capitol

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Newly sworn-in Florida Rep. John Rutherford suffered a medical emergency and collapsed during a vote series in the House, GOP lawmakers said Wednesday night.

His immediate condition was unknown, but lawmakers said paramedics were “working on him” in the Republican cloakroom.

Minutes later, he was wheeled out of the House chamber on a stretcher to a nearby elevator and taken to the hospital. He appeared to be receiving oxygen through a mask.

Rutherford, a former sheriff in Jacksonville, Fla., was elected to Congress in November, succeeding Republican Andrew Crenshaw, who retired after eight terms.


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