Representative Jeff Hoover hospitalized for heart-related issue

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - WKYT has confirmed that Representative Jeff Hoover has been hospitalized for heart-related issue

A Hoover family member has confirmed Representative Hoover was admitted to a hospital for testing due to a heart-related issue.

The family has also requested respect for their privacy until they issue a further statement.

In a Facebook post made about a year ago, Hoover talked about his family's history of heart issues.

Hoover stepped down on Sunday from his post as Speaker of the House over allegations of sexual harassment. Hoover acknowledged he sent inappropriate text messages, but said they were never unwelcomed and that he did not commit harassment.

Hoover did not resign his seat as representative of the 83rd House District which serves Clinton, Cumberland, Russell and part of Pulaski County.

80th District Representative David Meade came to WKYT for a taping of Kentucky Newsmakers with Bill Bryant. Meade said he had heard the news of Hoover's health scare.

"All I can say right now is our thoughts and our prayers go out to him and his family and hopefully a quick and speedy recovery," Meade stated.

House Democratic leader Rocky Adkins released a statement Friday saying that while he and Hoover may disagree at times, when it comes to situations like this, he considers Hoover and other legislators as family.

Adkins says he and other lawmakers look forward to seeing Hoover back in the capital again soon.

As lawmakers are concerned about their colleague, they are also dealing with the independent investigation into whether other lawmakers are involved with sexual harassment.

Rep. Brian Linder has since acknowledged he also settled a sexual harassment claim. Because of all of this, House majority leadership has retained a Louisville-based law firm to investigate the allegations. In a statement released Friday morning, the leadership team says the law firm is currently in the first phase of the investigation; They say they expect a preliminary report in about ten days. Leaders also said they might decide to turn the investigation over to the Legislative Ethics Commission because of their subpoena power; This is the route House minority leaders have suggested the Republicans take. Majority leaders say they will wait to see the preliminary report before moving forward. The leadership team reiterated they are committed to finding the facts.

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