Sen. Leahy, Longest-Serving Senator, Not Running for Another TermEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the current president pro tempore of the Senate and a prominent Democratic leader, has announced that he will retire in 2022, joining a growing list of Democratic retirees in the thinly-held House and Senate. Leahy is currently the Senate’s most senior member, having first been elected in 1974 as a so-called “Watergate Baby” following the revelations surrounding the Watergate scandal under President Richard Nixon. The revelations set off a chain of Republican losses in the 1974 midterms, allowing Leahy to begin his 48-year term in office. Announcing his retirement in a speech on the floor of the Vermont State House, Leahy reflected on his original impetus to join the U.S. Senate. “What propelled me was a belief that I understood the needs and values of Vermont and thought it was time for a new generation to address them,” Leahy said. Leahy also said that Edmund Burke, a …Read More

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