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Former Senator Jim Bunning Recovering from Stroke

Former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning is recovering from a stroke, his family told The River City News on Friday.

According to a statement released Friday afternoon, Bunning, who will turn 85 on Sunday, suffered a stroke on Tuesday at his home in Southgate. His wife, Mary Bunning, was with him as he was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital.

"Thanks to the attention of the doctors and nurses at St. Elizabeth, he has been provided skilled care that is leading him to the road to recovery," the family said in the statement. On Thursday night, Bunning was moved from the hospital's intensive care unit to a transitional care unit, the family said.

"We sincerely appreciate the thoughts and prayers of all who are concerned about our father’s health," the family said. "However, so we can focus our efforts on Dad’s recovery, we ask the press to respect our family’s privacy at this time. We will let everyone know as his health continues to improve."

Bunning, a Republican, served as Kentucky's junior U.S. senator from 1999 to 2011. Prior to that he spent six 2-year terms as Northern Kentucky's representative in Congress, was a state senator, and a Ft. Thomas city councilman.

Before his political career began, Bunning was an all-star pitcher in Major League Baseball, throwing a no-hitter for the Detroit Tigers in 1958 and a perfect game for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1964. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.

-Staff report