Rutherford Recovering after 'Significant Discomfort'

Congressman John Rutherford
Posted at 4:14 PM, Jan 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-12 13:29:57-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (The News Service of Florida) - Freshman Congressman John Rutherford, a Jacksonville Republican, was recovering in a Washington, D.C.-area hospital after what his office said was "an acute digestive flare" Wednesday night.

Rutherford, 64, needed medical care after experiencing "significant discomfort" outside the U.S. House chamber.

His office said the medical issue was not a heart attack.

"Doctors are happy to report that all of his vitals look great," Kelly Simpson, Rutherford's chief of staff, said in a statement Thursday morning. "While he will briefly remain in the hospital to treat the inflammation, the congressman's care providers expect that he will be back to full strength in little time."

Rutherford, a former Jacksonville sheriff, was elected in November to replace longtime U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, who decided against seeking re-election last year.