Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, the Senate's longest-serving member, to retire

Posted on AllSides November 15th, 2021
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Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the longest-serving active member of the Senate, will not seek reelection in 2022, he announced Monday.

Leahy, 81, was first elected to the Senate in 1974 and will retire after serving more than 46 years. He is currently the president pro tempore of the Senate, making him third in the presidential line of succession, and heads the Appropriations Committee, the third panel Leahy has chaired across his career in the upper chamber.

"While I will continue to serve Vermont, Marcelle and I have reached...

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