785Maryland Senator Falls Ill at Funeral
- May 16, 2005http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-5009700,00.html
Maryland Senator Falls Ill at Funeral
Monday May 16, 2005 7:31 PM
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Sen. Paul Sarbanes of Maryland
fainted Monday while attending a funeral for former
Rep. Peter W. Rodino Jr., a colleague during the
Sarbanes, a 72-year-old Democrat, briefly passed out
toward the end of the service, and had to be helped
from the church by first-aid workers.
``He had been standing for a while. He felt faint, he
sat down, and had a brief fainting spell,'' his
spokesman, Jesse Jacobs, said from Washington about an
hour after the incident. ``We just got off the phone
with him. He's alert and joking.''
Sarbanes was transported to University Hospital. The
hospital had no immediate word on his condition.
Sarbanes, who is in his fifth term, is Maryland's
longest-serving U.S. senator.
He serves on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban
Affairs Committee, and is best known in recent years
for helping write the Sarbanes-Oxley act which cracked
down on corporate crime.
In 1970, he was elected to the House of
Representatives, the first of three terms before
moving on to the Senate. In 1974, Sarbanes was
selected by his Democratic colleagues on the House
Watergate Committee to introduce the first Article of
Impeachment, for obstruction of justice, against
Rodino died May 7 of congestive heart failure. He was