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Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy won’t seek reelection

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Photo date: April 2, 2019 Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Photo date: April 2, 2019 |  Photo: Cropped U.S. Institute of Peace / CC BY 2.0

By WILSON RING and LISA RATHKE
Updated: November 15, 2021 05:03 PM
Created: November 15, 2021 12:56 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont says he will not seek reelection to the seat he has held for eight terms. The 81-year-old Leahy said Monday that he and his wife have determined that “it is time to pass the torch to the next Vermonter who will carry on this work for our great state." His term expires in January 2023.

His decision signals an end to a career that’s given him major roles on issues including civil liberties and financing the government. Leahy is the senior-most member of the Senate. He is among the Senate’s more liberal members and is the last of the so-called Watergate babies serving in Congress, Democrats elected in 1974 after President Richard Nixon's resignation.

He'll have served for 48 years when he departs in January 2023, which will make him the third-longest serving senator ever.

The decision will set off an immediate scramble to succeed him by the state’s Democratic and Republican politicians.

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