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Thursday, Jan 19, 2017
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Florida congressman taken from US Capitol on stretcher

WASHINGTON (AP) A freshman congressman from Florida, John Rutherford, has been wheeled out of the U.S. Capitol on a stretcher.

Kelly Simpson, Rep. John Rutherford's chief of staff, says doctors are evaluating what happened but the congressman did not have a heart attack Wednesday.

Simpson said Rutherford is "conscious, alert, and in good spirits" after the incident.

The 64-year-old Republican worked in law enforcement for 41 years and served as sheriff in Jacksonville, Florida, before being elected to Congress last November. He represents Florida's 4th Congressional District.

Simpson says further updates on Rutherford's condition "will be provided once doctors have finished their evaluation."