Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover released from hospital and recovering

11/14/2017 04:06 PM

Rep. Jeff Hoover, the former speaker of Kentucky’s House of Representatives who resigned the post after revealing that he signed a confidential sexual harassment settlement with a staffer, is home recovering after suffering a heart-related issue last week.

House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne said in a statement Tuesday that Hoover, R-Jamestown, “has been released from the hospital and is doing well,” according to his family.

“At this time, his family still requests privacy as he recovers at home.”

Osborne, R-Prospect, announced Hoover’s hospitalization on Friday, less than a week after he resigned as House speaker.

During a press conference announcing his decision to step down as the House GOP’s leader on Nov. 5, Hoover said his interactions with the staffer never went beyond consensual yet inappropriate banter via text message and that as part of the settlement agreement he signed, he admitted no wrongdoing.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135.


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