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Colleague says Sen. Burton improving after having a stroke

January 28, 2019
In this Jan. 8, 2019 photo, Republican Terry Burton of Newton, then president pro tempore of the Mississippi Senate, tells the body he is resigning his leadership role, weeks after being charged with second-offense drunken driving, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. According to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Burton suffered a stroke and was hospitalized Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. Burton previously said he will remain in the 52-member Senate this year but will not seek another four-year term in office. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A longtime Mississippi lawmaker remains hospitalized, days after having a stroke.

Republican Sen. Terry Burton of Newton was taken to a Jackson hospital Thursday.

Senate President Pro Tempore Gray Tollison told colleagues Monday that Burton is showing “great improvement.” The family of the 62-year-old lawmaker is continuing to ask for privacy.

Burton has served in the Mississippi Senate since 1992. He was a Democrat until switching parties in December 2002.

He has said he won’t seek re-election this year in his district in Lauderdale, Newton and Scott counties

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