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Sen. Feinstein, 90, hospitalized after falling in San Francisco, report says

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in a March 21, 2022, file photo. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
August 09, 2023

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), 90, was taken to the hospital after falling on Tuesday in San Francisco, according to TMZ.

It is unclear how serious the aging senator’s injuries are.

Feinstein was hospitalized in San Francisco earlier this year for shingles, a viral infection that causes a painful rash.

“I have been hospitalized and am receiving treatment in San Francisco and expect to make a full recovery,” the elderly senator said in a statement, according to NBC News. “I hope to return to the Senate later this month.”

Feinstein has been a member of the U.S. Senate for three decades. Her office put out a statement on Twitter in February saying she was not seeking re-election; however, when asked about her decision to retire, Feinstein appeared confused by the question and denied having made any such announcement.

One of Feinstein’s staffers had to inform her that they “put out the statement” on her retirement, to which the senator reportedly responded, “You put out the statement? I didn’t know they put it out.”

Feinstein’s announcement of her retirement has set up a heated race to replace her, with several Democrat candidates already running for the seat, including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).

Like Feinstein, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), 81, has had several medical issues this year. McConnell was recently escorted from the podium during a press conference after he froze in the middle of a sentence and stood there, not moving, for a long period of time.

McConnell, who reappeared minutes later in front of the press, assured reporters, “I’m fine,” when he was questioned about his ability to fulfill his job and whether the sudden freeze was related to his previous injury earlier this year.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.