Rep. Doris Goodale, a Republican from Kingman, suffered a stroke yesterday while eating at a local restaurant and was transported to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.
Details are scarce, but House Speaker Andy Tobin said she is in stable but critical condition. He said it is still too early to draw conclusions.
Tobin noted that Goodale, 64. who is chair of the House Education Committee, is one of the most popular members of the Legislature and there are a lot of people praying for her.
Republican Rep. Sonny Borrelli, Goodale’s seatmate, said he was told that she was responsive and able to move her legs on command.
“We’re all praying to God for a speedy recovery,” Borrelli said.
Republican Rep. Doug Coleman, the vice-chairman of the Education Committee, said he also heard she was responsive and was scheduled for an MRI this morning.
“My understanding is it is quite serious,” he said.
Goodale, who is known for being quick with a smile and a hello, has already received an outpouring of support from her friends and the Capitol and education communities on her Facebook page.
Goodale was first elected to the House in 2008, and has long been involved in education policy in Arizona. She is the former school board president of the Kingman Unified School District and the Kingman Elementary School District.
She was among the 14 Republicans who voted for Gov. Jan Brewer’s AHCCCS expansion plan in the last legislative session.
Her husband Bill died from a stroke last year. She has two children and two grandchildren.