WASHINGTON, DC – After serving the people of Vermont in the U.S. Senate since 1975, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and Senate president pro tempore, announced that he will not seek re-election in 2022.  Today, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement:

“For nearly half a century, Senator Leahy has served the people of Vermont with wisdom, tenacity, purpose, and great distinction.  I am grateful for his friendship and leadership.  Pat has had a remarkable career in public service, as a prosecutor and a U.S. Senator.  He’s been a leading voice on so many issues, from agriculture and the environment to civil rights and criminal justice reform.  As Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, he has been a true champion for Vermont, New England, and middle-class families everywhere.  His accomplishments are many and he’s not done yet.  I know Senator Leahy will continue to work tirelessly for Vermonters each and every day, just as he has done for the last forty-some odd years.  I look forward to continuing to serve with him and wish him and his dear wife Marcelle and their wonderful children and grandchildren all the best as they prepare for their next adventure.  Thank you, Mr. Chairman.”