Sen. Patrick Leahy “was not feeling well” on Thursday and was admitted to the hospital overnight for observation, his office said in a statement.
The most senior Democratic senator, who is in the line of presidential succession, was taken to a hospital in the D.C. area “for tests, as a precaution,” according to his office. Leahy’s doctors recommended he remain overnight.
The Vermont Democrat is retiring at the end of the year after eight terms in the Senate, after deliberating over whether to run for re-election. It’s a career that’s culminated in chairing the Appropriations Committee and serving as Senate pro tempore, a role that places him third in the line of presidential succession.