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Mo. Senator taken to hospital from Capitol

Mo. Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield)
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)
Mo. Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield)

Updated 5-17-2012, 2:31 p.m.

Missouri Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) has been released from a Jefferson City hospital and is resting at her Capital-area residence.

She left the State Capitol Wednesday afternoon after becoming light-headed during debate on an education bill.  Her Chief of Staff, Kit Crancer, did not disclose the nature of her illness.  He described it as a serious but non-life threatening situation.

Crancer says Cunningham could return to the Senate floor tonight, but would likely wait until tomorrow, the final day of the regular session.

Original story:

A Missouri state senator was being examined at a Jefferson City hospital after becoming light-headed during a debate on education issues.

Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) was driven to St. Mary's Health Center by her chief of staff Wednesday afternoon.  The aide said Cunningham underwent tests in the emergency room Wednesday evening, then was admitted to the hospital and planned to stay overnight.

Sen. Rob Schaaf (R, St. Joseph), who is also a family physician, says Cunningham complained of being light-headed but did not appear to have more serious symptoms.

Cunningham appeared to be conscious as she left the Capitol in a wheelchair.

Marshal was a political reporter for St. Louis Public Radio until 2018.