Maryland Sen. Paul Sarbanes (search) was discharged from a hospital Tuesday, a day after fainting during the funeral for former Rep. Peter W. Rodino Jr. (search) Sarbanes, 72, left University Hospital before 8 a.m. and was returning to Washington, his spokesman, Jesse Jacobs, said.

Jacobs said he did not know if doctors had determined any cause for the episode Monday, when Sarbanes briefly passed out during the midday service for Rodino and was taken to a hospital.

Sarbanes, a five-term senator, has said he will not seek re-election in 2006.

He is best known in recent years for helping write the Sarbanes-Oxley act, which is aimed at reducing corporate crime. As a member of the House in 1974, he introduced the first Article of Impeachment, for obstruction of justice, against President Nixon.

Rodino, who died May 7 at age 95, was chairman of the House Judiciary Committee that conducted the impeachment hearings leading to Nixon's resignation.