Patrick Leahy

Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy is giving up his seat as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to take the same post on the budget-writing Appropriations Committee.

Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy has won an eighth term. He's the Senate's longest-serving member. The 76-year-old beat back a challenge from Republican businessman Scott Milne.

Patrick Leahy (left) and Scott Milne
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Vermont’s Patrick Leahy is the most senior member of the U.S. Senate. First elected in 1974 he was the first Democrat the state ever sent to the Senate. Now seeking his 8th term Leahy is being challenged by a Republican who has never held elective office and three minor party candidates.

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Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy hosted a forum on criminal justice reform in Burlington on Monday with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.  The former mayor of Newark is a long-time advocate of reform and is co-sponsoring federal bills to modernize the criminal justice system.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy says seeing the U.S. flag raised over the newly reopened American Embassy in Cuba was deeply moving.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, currently the longest-serving senator in Washington, is going to seek an eighth term in the 2016 election.

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, who has crusaded against the production, export and use of antipersonnel land mines, says the Obama administration's announcement that the United States will no longer produce or acquire such weapons is an incremental but positive step.

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Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy says he'd rather see the Congress craft a constitutional amendment to overturn recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on campaign finance than have states call a constitutional convention to address the issue.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy says he looks forward to working with colleagues in the Senate to ensure that Vermont's community-driven responses to opioid and heroin addiction receive the support necessary to succeed.

Vt.'s Senators Disappointed By National Guard Cuts

Feb 25, 2014

Vermont's two United States senators are expressing displeasure and concern over proposed cut to the National Guard.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, co-chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus, says any planned long-term cut to Army National Guard "guts our citizen-soldier force."

Sen. Bernie Sanders told WPTZ in a statement "we should be growing - rather than shrinking - the National Guard" because of its cost-efficiency.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy met with reporters from Vermont and the region in his Burlington office Friday morning to talk about his Congressional priorities.

Warren: Bill Would Bar Credit Checks By Employers

Dec 18, 2013

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is introducing legislation that would ban what she calls the widespread use of personal credit history by employers looking to hire workers.

Warren said the practice unfairly targets women, minorities, seniors, students and others with fewer resources to bounce back financially after a personal setback like an illness or divorce.

Those low credit ratings can follow an individual for years.

Warren told reporters there's little evidence of any correlation between a poor credit rating and job performance.

2 Vt. Senators Applaud Ruling In NSA Phone Case

Dec 17, 2013
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Vermont's two United States senators are applauding a federal judge's ruling that says the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records likely violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches.

Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders issued separate statements Monday after the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington.

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The Farm Bill is the nation’s agricultural, nutrition and food policy vehicle. It provides funding for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - also known as food stamps. Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy on Monday was at a community action agency to discuss his efforts to fight proposed cuts to SNAP and talk about legislation to expand incentives for businesses to donate to food banks.

Vt. Senators Hail Senate Passage Of Anti-Bias Bill

Nov 8, 2013
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Vermont's two U.S. senators are hailing the Senate's passage of a measure banning workplace discrimination against gay and transgender Americans.

Both Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders say the measure is overdue. The measure, which now goes to the House, was first introduced in the Senate nearly two decades ago.

Vermont has prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation since 1992, and based on transgender status since 2007.

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Red Sox, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy introducing legislation for NSA reform, the one year anniversary of Superstom Sandy and the latest regarding the Moreland Act Commission.

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The chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee wants to look into the conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws.

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Vermont’s senior U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy met with reporters from the region at his office in Montpelier Friday morning to talk about issues facing Congress.

An article in the Boston Globe this weekend implied that Vermont’s senior U.S. Senator used his influence to manipulate the base selection process for the Air Force’s new fighter jet.  Those against basing the F35 at the South Burlington National Guard Base are pleased, but supporters say the article lacks credibility.