By: Jessica Shorten
AUSTIN – Texas State Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) collapsed on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon following 6 hours of debate and a vote on the permitless carry bill.
After an 18-13 vote regarding the permitless carrying of weapons in Texas, State Senator Brandon Creighton of Conroe collapsed on the Senate floor just short of his desk for unknown reasons. After laying there for several minutes, State Troopers and fellow Senator Donna Campbell provided quick aid to Creighton, who was ultimately able to walk out of the Senate Chamber with assistance.
Creighton did need to seek emergency medical care following his collapse on the Senate floor, but is understood to be in stable condition at this time.
Creighton has been absent from the Senate since Monday, and according to a spokesperson for Creighton, his absence was due to a car accident he had been in several days prior which left him with “minor injuries.”
"On Thursday evening Senator Creighton was involved in a vehicle collision and sustained minor injuries. He spent the last few days resting, and returned to the Capitol for the critical work of the legislature and to ensure a majority to approve H.B. 1927,” tweeted Erin Daly Wilson. “He wants to thank DPS and the physicians who treated him, and will be back working for Senate District 4 as soon as possible."
The details surrounding Creighton’s car accident are unknown at this time; and no crash records are currently available for the incident. While it is not yet clear the direct cause of Creighton’s collapse on the chamber floor, it is being linked to his accident.
We will update with more information as it becomes available.