Alaska lawmaker taken to hospital

March 9, 2018

In this photo taken Wednesday, March 7, 2018, Alaska state Rep. David Guttenberg addresses the House Labor and Commerce Committee in Juneau, Alaska. The House Majority press secretary says paramedics responded Thursday to a unknown medical emergency involving Guttenberg. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker has been taken to the hospital following what a spokesman called a medical emergency at the state Capitol.

House majority press secretary Mike Mason says Rep. David Guttenberg was conscious, lucid and joking as he was taken by paramedics to a Juneau hospital on Thursday.

Mason says the extent of Guttenberg’s condition was not immediately known.

Guttenberg is a Democrat from Fairbanks who was first elected to the House in 2002.

He serves on the House Finance Committee, which has been debating the state budget.

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