U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy hospitalized 'as a precaution' after not feeling well

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) speaks during the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs hearing, to review of the fiscal year 2023 budget request for the U.S. Department of State, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2022. Michael A. McCoy/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Oct 13 (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, 82, was taken to a Washington area hospital "as a precaution" on Thursday after not feeling well at his home in Virginia, his office said.

The Democrat from Vermont was expected to undergo tests and "remain overnight for observation," his office said in a written statement released shortly after 8 p.m. eastern time.

No further details were made public on the senator's condition. The statement said his office would release updates as they became available.

Leahy underwent emergency hip surgery earlier this year after falling at home in June. His absence briefly deprived Democrats of their slim majority in the Senate.

Leahy, the longest-serving current U.S. Senator, announced last year that he would not seek re-election to the seat he has held since 1975. November's mid-term elections will determine his successor.

Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Sandra Maler and Christopher Cushing

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