Governor Mark Dayton collapsed during a political event in Woodbury, Minnesota on Sunday night and was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. According to reports, the most likely cause was dehydration.
From WCCO: Jaime Tincher, Dayton’s chief of staff, said in a statement that he was at an event in Woodbury that was very crowded and hot. He was speaking when he began to feel increased pressure in his lower back. It was at that point that Dayton fainted.
Tincher said Dayton was transported to Regions Hospital for further testing and will remain there overnight for observation as a precaution.
Governor Dayton has suffered from medical issues throughout his terms in office; in December 2015, he underwent vertebrae fusion surgery at the Mayo Clinic to alleviate pain associated with a condition similar to arthritis called “Spinal Stenosis.” He also had back surgery in 2012 and hip surgery in 2014.