Kan. Senate leader hospitalized for blood pressure

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler has been hospitalized because of high blood pressure.

Emler's office confirmed Thursday that he's been undergoing medical tests at an area hospital, though it declined to say which one. Emler has been absent from the Statehouse since Wednesday.

The Lindsborg Republican's office said he is expected to return Friday for legislative business.

Emler, a 62-year-old attorney, was first elected to the Senate in 2000 and is serving his third term. He's in his second year as majority leader, and he previously served as chairman of the budget-writing Senate Ways and Means Committee.