Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, Longest-Serving Senator, Announces His Retirement After Eight Terms

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U.S. Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), the longest-serving lawmaker in the upper congressional chamber, announced on Monday that he will be retiring at the end of his current term – his eighth – which ends on January 3, 2023. As president pro tempore, Leahy is third in the presidential line of succession behind the vice president and Speaker of the House of Representatives. He is also the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “It is time to put down the gavel. It is time to pass the torch to the next Vermonter, who will carry on this work for our great state. I…

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