Leahy opens Tuesday Senate session

Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 6:23 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2021 at 7:18 PM EST
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WASHINGTON (WCAX) - Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy opened the Senate session Tuesday morning, and then met with his colleagues about his decision to retire.

Leahy said Monday he will not seek a ninth term next year. His career spans nearly five decades.

Leahy told his colleagues in an emotional speech on the Senate floor that the chamber has become a family to him over the last nearly 47 years.

The 81-year-old Leahy said Tuesday that it has been an honor to fight for Vermont and that the decision to retire was not easy.

“It’s a decision I do not come to lightly but one in which Marcelle and I find great peace,” said Leahy, D-Vermont.

The senator thanked his staff and his family, particularly his wife, Marcelle.

Leahy noted the privilege he has felt in guiding the country toward the future and ended his speech with a catch in his voice.

His colleagues gave him a standing ovation.

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