HELENA – Rep. Janna Taylor of Dayton was hospitalized Thursday after taking a fall down the main staircase in the Capitol building.
House aides say Taylor broke her nose and required stitches on her head after tripping down the stairs. Witnesses say Taylor’s fall was serious and she is likely to miss the rest of the week recovering.
But House communications director Chris Shipp says scans at the hospital show Taylor avoided any serious head injury. Shipp says Taylor was giving directions to staff and colleagues as she was being loaded onto an ambulance.
Taylor is speaker pro tempore and is part of the new Republican leadership team. She had been one of three nominees to replace Sen. John Brueggeman of Polson, who recently resigned his post, but withdrew her name from consideration Wednesday. Lake County commissioners couldn’t reach an agreement on a nominee Tuesday and asked Republican central committees in Lake and Flathead counties for three more names.
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