After a bizarre episode of behavior on Friday afternoon, Rep. Mark McElroy (D-Tillar) was admitted and now released from UAMS. A description of his medical condition was not disclosed.
In a press release from the House Communications office, officials said McElroy was treated and released by physicians over the weekend and that he expects to return to his legislative duties later this week.
“I want to thank my fellow members for coming to my aid Friday morning and everyone who has sent their well wishes and concerns,” said McElroy. “Doctors have made a diagnosis for a non-life threatening condition. I truly regret the timing of the incident. However, I am now receiving proper treatment and doctors are confident this will prevent any future episodes. I look forward to returning to the House and representing the people of District 11.“
McElroy is serving his first term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He represents District 11, which includes Desha and Chicot counties and a portion of Ashley county.
On Friday as reported by Talk Business blogger Jason Tolbert, McElroy took to the House well shortly after the opening prayer and before formal business began in the Arkansas House of Representatives. McElroy rose and asked Speaker Carter for a “point of personal privilege” and Carter asked him to approach the chair.
After a few minutes of discussion, McElroy took to the House well and delivered a rambling, incoherent speech.
McElroy discussed a variety of topics during the speech, but primarily discussed tensions that are mounting in the House chamber following Republicans taking the majority with 51 out of 100 House members.
McElroy then transitioned to an awkward praise of Gov. Beebe before finally being interrupted by fellow Democrat Rep. Tommy Wren who asked for a “point of order” and requested that the discussion end immediately. Speaker Carter banged his gavel and asked McElroy to stop his speech. McElory plead for only five more seconds before he was escorted to his chair.
Later, he interrupted debate during a discussion of Rep. Charlie Collins’ guns on campus bill and was escorted from the building.