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Columbia (AP) — Veteran Columbia state Sen. Edith Prague has been hospitalized following an apparent stroke on Christmas Eve.
The 86-year-old Democrat was being treated Thursday at an undisclosed hospital. Prague's daughter, Shelly Prague, tells WFSB-TV that her mother can talk but is weak.
State Sen. President Donald E. Williams, Jr., D-Brooklyn, said he spoke to Prague earlier this week and said the longtime senator is recovering from a "minor stroke."
"Our thoughts are with Edith and her family as she recovers from a minor stroke. I spoke with Edith earlier this week and she was in good spirits and eager to begin her rehabilitation. On behalf of her Senate family, we look forward to her speedy return to the Capitol."
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman released the following statement: "We offer Senator Prague our hopes for her full and quick recovery. We have reached out to the Senator to let her know she is in our thoughts and prayers and are pleased that she is in good spirits as she begins the healing process. Senator Prague is a much beloved figure at the Capitol -- an outstanding advocate for her district, and a staunch ally and friend to seniors across the state. We send her our well-wishes, offer her family our support, and hope for her speedy return to the Senate."
Shelly Prague says the governor and lieutenant governor have visited.
Edith Prague has represented the 19th state senatorial district since 1995. During much of that time, she has been co-chairwoman of the General Assembly's Labor and Public Employees Committee. Before that, she was a state representative from 1983 to 1990.
She is also co-chairwoman of the legislature's Select Committee on Aging.
Over the years, Prague has been an outspoken proponent of organized labor and advocate for the elderly. She has also pushed for tougher sanctions for drunken drivers.