BREAKING: Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy Announces Announcement of Retirement

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) officially announced Monday that he will retire from the U.S. Senate, according to the Associated Press. Leahy, 76, and the current Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, announced he will not seek reelection and will leave his seat in the 2019 election cycle, according to the AP.

Leahy broke the news at a town hall in Burlington, Vermont, according to the Burlington Free Press. Leahy has served Vermont for 40 years.

We have fought for farmers, trade and farm security, affordable health care and health insurance. Our national debt has nearly doubled, yet our budget deficits have plummeted and our national debt now stands at about $21 trillion — Senator Patrick Leahy

“I could not possibly have been more honored to serve this state and this country in this important role,” Leahy said, according to the Burlington Free Press. “I look forward to keeping the tremendous momentum that’s carried us the last few years.”

Leahy served as Vermont’s U.S. Senator from 1974 to 1995 and again from 1997 until he was re-elected in 2012.

We have fought for farmers, trade and farm security, affordable health care and health insurance,” Leahy said, according to the Burlington Free Press. “Our national debt has nearly doubled, yet our budget deficits have plummeted and our national debt now stands at about $21 trillion.”

Leahy said the importance of family farms and dairy farming will remain a priority in his years ahead, he added.

Leahy served as U.S. Attorney for Vermont’s Northern District for more than 20 years and has also served as a member of the House of Representatives.

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