State Sen. Edith Prague recuperating after Christmas Day stroke

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Region - posted Tue., Jan. 3, 2012
State Sen. Edith Prague (D-19). Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

State Sen. Edith Prague (D-19) is recovering from a minor stroke she suffered on Christmas Day. The 86-year-old state senator was hospitalized on Dec. 25 and transferred to a rehabilitation facility on Dec. 29, said Laurence Grotheer, a press aide at Prague’s Hartford office.

“The senator is resting and recuperating,” Grotheer said. He added that media were being asked to respect the family’s wishes for privacy and that Prague’s condition and the identity of the rehabilitation facility would not be disclosed. “There won’t be updates,” he said.

Prague, whose district includes Norwich, Lisbon, Sprague, Andover, Bozrah, Columbia, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard and Montville, has served in the state Senate since 1994. Prior to that, she spent eight years as a member of the state House of Representatives. She also served as commissioner of the State Department on Aging.

She is currently the state Senate’s assistant president pro tempore and chair of the Senate Labor and Public Employees Committee and of the Committee on Aging. She serves as vice-chair of the Appropriations Committee and is a member of the Public Health Committee.

Grotheer said that Prague’s office remains up and running during her convalescence. “The phone is being answered and e-mails are being received,” he said. “Constituents should call her office for help or to answer questions, just as they would any other time.”

The upcoming legislative session doesn’t get underway until Feb. 8, said press aide Dave Steuber from the State Senate Democrats office in Hartford. He said he was uncertain as to whether state statute made provisions for district representation in the case of a senator’s protracted absence from the floor of the Senate.

“Our thoughts are with Edith and her family as she recovers,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-29) in a Dec. 29 statement. He said when he spoke to her a few days after her stroke, “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.”

Prague lives in Columbia and has four grown daughters and nine grandchildren.

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