Former Sen. Conrad Burns Suffers Stroke

Posted December 10, 2009 at 1:52pm

Former Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), 74, suffered a stroke Wednesday night and remains in intensive care in a Washington, D.C., hospital, according to a statement released Thursday by his son.“The encouragement and support we’ve received are a tremendous comfort to my dad and the rest of the family. Right now, we’re focused on getting Dad healthy,— Garrett Burns said.Burns, who served in the Senate from 1989 to 2007, was found “disoriented— by his wife at about 9 p.m. at his computer in their home in Arlington, according to the statement. He was taken to Virginia Hospital Center and later transferred an unnamed hospital in D.C. Doctors indicated that he suffered an atrial fibrillation and had a stroke. The Burns family is expected to provide an update within the next 24 hours.Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) said he has been in close touch with Conrad’s family since learning of the incident.“Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. When I saw Conrad this weekend, he looked as strong as ever, and if I know anything about old Marines like him, they’re fighters,— Rehberg said in a statement.Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), who ousted Burns from office in 2006, also sent out a statement, saying: “Sharla’s and my thoughts and prayers are with Conrad, Phyllis and their family. We join all Montanans in wishing him a speedy recovery.—