Politics

Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott hospitalized

In this March 21, 2012 file photo, former Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., speaks at "A Century of Service" honoring former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders  Bob Dole and Howard Baker at Mellon Auditorium in Washington.

In this March 21, 2012 file photo, former Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., speaks at "A Century of Service" honoring former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Howard Baker at Mellon Auditorium in Washington.  (AP)

A former aide says ex-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott has suffered a ruptured appendix.

Lee Youngblood said Thursday he has been in touch with Lott's family. Youngblood says the 71-year-old underwent surgery and is expected to recover.

Baptist Medical Center spokesman Robby Channell says Lott was in fair condition Thursday afternoon at the Jackson hospital.

Lott has a home and office near Jackson.

He lobbies for the Washington-based Patton Boggs LLP law firm and the Ridgeland, Miss., law firm of Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC.

Lott was elected to the U.S. House in 1972 and Senate in 1988.

He resigned as Senate majority leader in 2002 after he made remarks at a birthday party for then-Sen. Strom Thurmond that seemed to support segregation. Lott returned to Senate leadership as minority whip before retiring in 2007.