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We suppose that a continuous-time feedback is input–output stabilizing for an infinite-dimensional system. We address the question of whether the sampled-data controller obtained by applying idealized sample-and-hold to this continuous-time feedback is also input–output stabilizing if the sampling time is small enough. This question has been previously addressed for fairly general systems under various conditions. In this note, we restrict our attention to Riesz spectral systems, for which we generalize the existing results. Specifically, we give two relatively simple conditions which, combined, are sufficient for the sampled-data controller to be stabilizing. The first condition is a spectrum decomposition for the open-loop system generator, which by itself is necessary, but not sufficient, for the system to be stabilizable by sampled-data control. The second is a summability condition relating the real part of the spectrum of the generator and the expansion coefficients for the input and feedback operators.