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Patrick J. LeahyDEMDemocrat United States Senator
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Patrick Joseph Leahy (born March 31, 1940) is an American politician and attorney who is the senior United States senator from Vermont and serves as the president pro tempore of the United States Senate. A member of the Democratic Party, Leahy was first elected in 1974 and is in his eighth term. He is the chair of the Appropriations Committee, and served as president pro tempore from 2012 to 2015 and again since 2021. Upon Representative Don Young's death in March 2022, he became the most senior member of Congress. Leahy is 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. As of 2022, Leahy is one of three members of Congress to have served during Gerald Ford's presidency and one of eight to have served during Jimmy Carter's.The dean of his state's congressional delegation, Leahy is Vermont's longest-serving U.S. senator, as well as the first Democrat ever elected to the U.S. Senate from Vermont. He is the former chairman of the Agriculture and Judiciary committees. He served as the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee from 2017 to 2021 and became chairman in 2021. In 2001, Leahy, along with then-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, was 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.

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Campaign Funding

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Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
Lawyers/Law Firms$565,459
Leadership PACs$331,600
Securities & Investment$187,620
Defense Aerospace$144,301
Telecom Services$136,951
Electronics Mfg & Equip$125,092
Non-Profit Institutions$80,676
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Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education5 - 5 of 3
Saint Michael's College
Georgetown University
Georgetown University Law Center
Juris Doctor
Past Positions1 - 2 of 2
United States Senate
1974 - Current
State's Attorney
Chittenden County
1966 - 1974
Other Experience1 - 12 of 12
Vermont Bar Association
National Guard Caucus
Congressional Internet Caucus
2003 - Current
Congressional Internet Caucus
2003 - Current
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
Democratic Steering and Coordination Committee