State senator passes out on senate floor

The New Hampshire State House in Concord.

The New Hampshire State House in Concord.


Monitor staff

Published: 05-16-2024 12:34 PM

Modified: 05-16-2024 1:03 PM

At approximately 12:15 p.m. Thursday, midway through a debate on a controversial transgender sports ban, Sen. Denise Ricciardi, a Bedford Republican, passed out at the corner of the Senate floor.

Sen. Sue Prentiss, a West Lebanon Democrat and a paramedic, immediately rushed to Sen. Ricciardi’s side and called for bystanders to call 911 and fetch an AED. Within a few minutes, Sen. Ricciardi showed signs of movement and appeared to speak.

As of 12:30 p.m., the Senate was in recess and the floor and gallery had been cleared. 

Senate President Jeb Bradley thanked Prentiss, the State House Nurse Michelle Flanagan, the Senate staff, and Concord EMS for their efforts.

“Senator Ricciardi is conscious and has been taken to the hospital as a precaution,” Bradley said. “We wish her a swift and complete recovery.”

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