Former Tennessee Lt. Governor hospitalized

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Lt. Gov. John Wilder has been hospitalized since last week with pneumonia but his family says he's doing better and should be home soon.

Senate Democratic Caucus spokesman Mark Brown says the 87-year-old Mason Democrat was admitted to a local hospital last Wednesday.

Family members told Brown that Wilder has been on antibiotics and that he's able to walk around. They hope he'll be able to return to his West Tennessee home as early as Tuesday, but doctors have not said exactly when.

Wilder was Senate speaker for 36 years until losing the job in January to Sen. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville. Wilder confirmed in December that he plans to seek re-election.

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