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Sen. Thurmond Moves Into Medical Center

November 15, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.), 99 next month and the nation's longest-serving and oldest senator, has taken up residence in Walter Reed Army Medical Center and now is using a wheelchair to get around the Capitol.

His staff and family insist that Thurmond is not sick and that his move from his Alexandria, Va., apartment last Friday to a room at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., is only temporary.

"There has been an increasing need for closer medical monitoring of his daily medications," a Thurmond family statement said.

Rebecca Fleming, a spokeswoman for Thurmond, said the senator will continue with his Senate duties.

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