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Oregon Senate president, 76, hospitalized with hip pain

January 14, 2020 GMT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney, the longest-serving legislator in Oregon history, is in a Portland hospital after experiencing severe hip pain.

Courtney’s office in the Oregon State Capitol said Tuesday that the 76-year-old Democrat hurt his hip while spinning last week while attending a conference in Arizona.

“He was in a considerable amount of pain, but was able to get back to Oregon, and is currently being checked out at OHSU,” his office said in a statement, referring to Oregon Health and Science University hospital. He is expected to be released in several days.

Courtney is missing events this week as so-called Legislative Days in the capitol but expects to be back in time for the 2020 legislative session, which starts on Feb. 3, the statement said.

Courtney was first selected Senate president in 2003 and has been re-elected as the chamber’s presiding officer numerous times. He is in his fifth term as a State Senator, representing portions of Salem, Gervais and Woodburn. He previously served seven terms in the Oregon House of Representatives, including four terms as House Democratic leader.