State senator seriously ill

JACKSON

Mississippi state Sen. Jack Gordon, a longtime lawmaker, was hospitalized in critical condition Sunday with an undisclosed ailment, officials said.

Patrice Guilfoyle, a spokeswoman for the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, said the only information she could release was Gordon’s condition, which she said was critical Sunday.

State Sen. Doug Davis, Gordon’s friend and colleague at the Mississippi Capitol, told The Associated Press that Gordon was taken early Sunday to UMMC.

Davis, who was at the hospital with Gordon’s family, said doctors were running tests to determine what’s wrong with the 66-year-old Democrat from Okolona.

“He’s receiving the best medical care there is in Mississippi,” said Davis, R-Hernando.

When asked if Gordon had lost consciousness, Davis said he wasn’t comfortable being more specific about Gordon’s condition until test results came back and Gordon’s family had a chance to discuss them with physicians.

“He needs our thoughts and prayers,” Davis said.

Gordon, a successful businessman, is chairman of the Public Property Committee and serves on several others, including the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Gordon headed the Appropriations Committee from 1988 to 1992, and later served as chairman for eight more years before being replaced in 2008 by a Republican when GOP Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant took office.

In Mississippi, the lieutenant governor presides over the Senate and makes committee appointments.

Gordon has spent a total of 26 years in the Senate after first serving in the state House of Representatives for eight years.

His district includes parts of Calhoun, Chickasaw, Grenada and Lee counties.

By HOLBROOK MOHR – The Associated Press

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