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Monday, November 15, 2021

Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat and the longest serving US senator still in office, announced Monday he won't seek reelection for a ninth term next year, after serving in the chamber since 1975. "While I will continue to serve Vermont, Marcelle and I have reached a conclusion: it is time to put down the gavel," said Leahy, referring to his wife. "It is time to pass the torch to the next Vermonter, who'll carry on this work for our great state. It's time to come home." "I will not run for reelection," he added. Leahy made his announcement at the Vermont State House, where he announced his first Senate campaign in 1974. Leahy, 81, is the fourth longest serving senator in US history. As Senate president pro tempore, he is currently third in the line of presidential succession, following the vice president and speaker of the House.

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Leahy was the first and remains the only Democrat to represent his home state in the US Senate, though his fellow US senator for the state is Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats.

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I hope his Batman cameos don't stop.

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2021-11-15 12:55 PM | Reply

"While I will continue to serve Vermont, Marcelle and I have reached a conclusion: it is time to put down the gavel," said Leahy, referring to his wife.

His wife is a gavel? That's dedication.

#2 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2021-11-15 06:52 PM | Reply

9*6 ... 54
Whoa ... no offense to his decades of experience, but there really should be a high year tenure for members in congress.

#3 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-11-16 11:03 AM | Reply

it is time to put down the gavel," said Leahy, referring to his wife.

Hidden euthanasia reference?

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-11-16 11:06 AM | Reply

"there really should be a high year tenure for members in congress."

But why? What good would that do?
Let me try to bring this into focus: Do you support the same thing for the corporate world?

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-11-16 11:06 AM | Reply

Do you support the same thing for the corporate world?

#5 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Board of directors can vote out execs, which is similar to constituents voting for/against their representative, but HYT for congress members would make that aspect of federal employment aligned with other parts of the government, such as forced retirement at a certain age in the State Dept.

#6 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-11-16 11:38 AM | Reply

Sounds like you don't support the same thing for the corporate world.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-11-16 11:59 AM | Reply

The corporate world isn't always comparable to government. I disagree with people who claim government should be "run like a business." No, it shouldn't.

It's simply less likely that an octogenarian will fully understand the gravity of today's issues. When that person is a CEO the worst thing that does is impact what kind of Toyotas we get or what kind of value investors in that company get. When that person is a Congressman or President, it literally affects everybody.

#8 | Posted by JOE at 2021-11-16 02:09 PM | Reply

Im for whatever policy would remove McConnell from office immediately.

#9 | Posted by truthhurts at 2021-11-16 02:21 PM | Reply

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