Dem Sen. Patrick Leahy To Retire, 46 Years In Office

Axios reports:

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Monday he will retire instead of seeking re-election in 2022 — 46 years after first assuming the office in 1975. Leahy, 81, is the longest-serving sitting senator, and his retirement opens up a new, likely Democratic seat.

Leahy said from the Vermont statehouse that he and his wife, Marcelle, concluded that “it is time to pass the torch to the next Vermonter who will carry on this work for our great state. It’s time to come home.”

Leahy, known for taking photos around the Capitol and his appearances in Batman films, is also the current president pro tempore of the Senate, putting him third in the line of presidential succession, after Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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