MONTPELIER, VT (WBZ NewsRadio) – Veteran Senator Patrick Leahy announced that he will not seek re-election next year and plans on retiring at the end of his term.
“It is time to pass the torch to the next Vermonter who will carry on this work for our great state,” The Democrat said during a press conference at the Vermont State House. “It’s time to come home.”
Leahy, who is 81, is the Senate’s longest-serving member. He was first elected to the Senate in 1974 and is the last of the so-called Watergate babies who were elected after President Richard Nixon’s resignation.
Leahy has made multiple accomplishments over his career and said he is humbled by the support he has received from Vermont voters.
“Thank you all for being an inspiration and the motivation for all the good that has come from my work in the Senate,” he said. “Rest assured our state, and our nation, will remain resilient.”
Leahy also chairs the Appropriations Committee and is the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Leahy’s term expires in January 2023.