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Former Rep. Kirsh of Clover home from hospital, says may have had mini-stroke

CLOVER Former state Rep. Herb Kirsh, D-Clover, 84 and at one time the longest-serving member of the South Carolina Legislature, is back home after a three day hospital stay that Kirsh said may have been a seizure or a mini-stroke.

Kirsh, former mayor of Clover who represented western York County in the General Assembly starting in 1978 until he was defeated by Republican Tommy Pope in 2010, was rushed to a hospital in Gaston County, N.C. Monday morning. Kirsh was discharged today.

“I am doing a lot better, they said it might have been a seizure, or a mini-stroke,” Kirsh said. “I appreciate all the people who asked about me.”

During his tenure in the House of Representatives Kirsh gained a reputation as a strict fiscal conservative who voted mostly with Republicans, but he remained a Democrat despite overtures from Republicans asking that he switch parties. Kirsh had universal respect from people in both parties.

Kirsh has been a widower since 2009 after his wife of almost six decades, Sue, died. He has two caregivers who help him at home and take him around on errands - Kirsh stopped driving about six months ago.

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