Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Hospitalized After Fall

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was hospitalized Wednesday night after he tripped and fell at a hotel in Washington, D.C., according to a statement from his spokesperson.[0]

McConnell, 81, has served in the Senate since 1984 and has been the longest-serving Senate Republican leader in history. He was Senate majority leader from 2015 to 2021 and is currently the Senate minority leader.

McConnell underwent surgery in August 2019 after he fell at his Louisville, Kentucky, home, fracturing his shoulder.[1] In January, he became the longest-serving Senate leader in history, surpassing Mike Mansfield, D-Mt.For a period of 16 years, they served as Senate majority leader.

No additional information was immediately available about McConnell's condition Wednesday night.[2]

McConnell has spoken about his fight with polio when he was a child, a disease which he said still gives him trouble while climbing stairs.[3] The extent of McConnell’s injuries and the duration of his absence from the Senate remain unclear.[4]

This story is still unfolding.[5] Keep an eye out for any changes.[6]

0. “Mitch McConnell hospitalized after fall at DC hotel” New York Post , 9 Mar. 2023,

1. “Mitch McConnell hospitalized after fall, Republican leader's rep says” Axios, 9 Mar. 2023,

2. “Spokesman: GOP leader McConnell hospitalized after fall” NPR, 9 Mar. 2023,

3. “Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell hospitalised after fall at hotel” AOL, 9 Mar. 2023,

4. “Sen. Mitch McConnell Hospitalized After Falling At Washington Hotel” Forbes, 9 Mar. 2023,

5. “Mitch McConnell hospitalized following fall” UPI News, 9 Mar. 2023,

6. “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell hospitalized after falling” CNBC, 9 Mar. 2023,