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House Employee Has Heart Attack

January 20, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ An employee in the Office of the Clerk at the U.S. House of Representatives suffered a heart attack shortly after President Clinton ended his State of the Union address Tuesday night, U.S. Capitol Police spokesman Dan Nichols said.

Authorities would not comment on the man’s condition, and they withheld his identity until his family is notified.

The man collapsed in the Democratic Cloakroom just off the House chamber after President Clinton completed his State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress.

Nichols said the House’s doctor, a Navy physician, tended to the man before he was transported to George Washington University Hospital.

``It happened right after the State of the Union,″ Nichols said. ``It’s not uncommon during large-scale events for there to be medical emergencies, but this is the first time I can remember someone had a heart attack during the State of the Union.″

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