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Patrick J. LeahyDEMDemocrat United States Senator
82
Years of Age
49
Years of Experience
VTResidence (state)

Patrick Joseph Leahy (born March 31, 1940) is a retired American politician and attorney who served as a United States senator from Vermont from 1975 to 2023, and also served as the president pro tempore of the United States Senate from 2012 to 2015 and from 2021 to 2023. A member of the Democratic Party, he chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Agriculture Commitee at various points during his 48-year tenure. Leahy is the third-longest-serving U.S. senator in history. Upon Representative Don Young's death in March 2022, he became the most senior member of Congress. Leahy was also the last of the Senate's "Watergate Babies"—Democrats first elected to Congress in the wave election of 1974 that followed President Richard Nixon's resignation over the Watergate scandal.At the time of his retirement, Leahy was the dean of his state's congressional delegation. He was also Vermont's longest-serving U.S. senator, as well as the first Democrat ever elected to the U.S. Senate from Vermont. He served as ranking member of the Appropriations Committee from 2017 to 2021 and became chairman in 2021. In 2001, Leahy and then–Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle were targeted by the anthrax attacks that killed five people. He was the presiding officer at Donald Trump's second impeachment trial, becoming the first senator to preside over a former president's impeachment trial.On November 15, 2021, Leahy announced that he would not seek reelection in 2022. He was succeeded by Peter Welch, who became the second Democrat to represent Vermont in the Senate.

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Campaign Funding

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$4,940,984
Total Raised
$4,847,014
Total Spent
$1,668,865
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Lawyers/Law Firms$565,459
58%
Leadership PACs$331,600
50%
TV/Movies/Music$286,947
44%
Lobbyists$253,886
33%
Securities & Investment$187,620
26%
Retired$150,565
25%
Defense Aerospace$144,301
24%
Telecom Services$136,951
22%
Electronics Mfg & Equip$125,092
14%
Non-Profit Institutions$80,676
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education5 - 5 of 3
Saint Michael's College
1961
Georgetown University
Georgetown University Law Center
Juris Doctor
1964
Past Positions1 - 2 of 2
Senator
United States Senate
1974 - 2023
State's Attorney
Chittenden County
1966 - 1974
Other Experience1 - 12 of 12
Member
Vermont Bar Association
1964
Co-Chair
National Guard Caucus
Current
Co-Chair
Congressional Internet Caucus
2003 - Current
Co-Founder
Congressional Internet Caucus
2003 - Current
Co-Chair
Senate National Guard Caucus, present
Former Member
Joint Committee on the Library, United States Senate
Former Member
Privacy, Technology and the Law Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, United States Senate
Member
Democratic Steering and Coordination Committee