Sen. Patrick Leahy announces he will not seek reelection

 

 

Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont announced Monday that he will not seek reelection next year, opting to retire from the Senate.

Leahy, 81, is the longest-serving sitting senator, having been in office since 1975 following his election in 1974. He is currently the president pro tempore of the Senate.

“I have reached the conclusion that it’s time to put down the gavel,” Leahy said. “It is time to pass a torch to the next Vermonter who will carry on this work for our great state. It’s time to come home.”

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Leahy made his announcement at the Vermont State House, where he launched his first Senate campaign in 1974.

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