Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina said he’s “fine” Wednesday after collapsing during a Washington, D.C., race and being taken away by ambulance.
Tillis, 56, was seen on the ground being treated by bystanders at about 15-20 minutes into the three-mile race in Anacostia Park in the southeast part of the city. Tillis at first appeared unconscious but was revived and breathing when taken away by ambulance.
Tillis later posted a video on Twitter from his hospital bed Wednesday morning saying he was OK and thanking people for “all of your prayers and well wishes.”
“Hey everybody, I’m fine. Just running about 2 and a half miles in and got overheated, no CPR, no special measures, just checking me out,” Tillis said in the video. “See you back on the Hill.”
Tillis was participating in the ACLI Capital Challenge race, an annual event in Anacostia Park in the district. He was leading his own team, “Team Tillis.”
Many politicians and other prominent Washington, D.C., figures run the annual race. Proceeds go to charity.
Tillis is the junior North Carolina senator, elected to the Senate in November 2014 after serving in the North Carolina legislature from 2009-2015. He serves on the Senate Armed Services, Judiciary, Veterans Affairs and Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs committees, as well as the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging.
He is married to Susan Tillis with two children.
My thoughts and prayers are with @SenThomTillis and I wish him a speedy recovery.
— Richard Burr (@SenatorBurr) May 17, 2017
It was not immediately known what hospital Tillis was taken to.
“In spite of our political differences, I and the staff at the North Carolina Democratic Party wish Senator Thom Tillis a full and speedy recovery,” N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family this morning.”
— Debra Alfarone (@DebraAlfarone) May 17, 2017