Congressman collapses in House cloakroom

Congressman collapses in House cloakroom
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Newly sworn-in Rep. John Rutherford (R-Fla.) suffered an apparent heart attack 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.

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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.
GOP lawmakers emerged from the vote a short time later, saying Rutherford had been "stabilized."
 
Fellow Florida Rep. Neal Dunn (R), a surgeon, was one of several members said to be tending to Rutherford.

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