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Former US Senator Trent Lott hospitalized

August 8, 2013

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott is hospitalized in Jackson, Mississippi.

Baptist Medical Center spokesman Robby Channell says the 71-year-old Republican was listed in fair condition Thursday afternoon. He said he couldn’t state the cause of Lott’s hospitalization.

The lawyer and lobbyist has a home and office in the Jackson area.

Lott was elected to the U.S. House in 1972 and U.S. Senate in 1988.

He stepped down as Senate majority leader in 2002 after he made remarks at a birthday party for then-Sen. Strom Thurmond that seemed to support segregation. Lott returned to the Senate leadership as minority whip before retiring in 2007.

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