Patrick Leahy 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.
Leahy is the senator from Vermont who has served the longest, and he is also the only Democrat who has ever been elected to the U.S. Senate from Vermont. He is known as the dean of his state’s congressional delegation.
He served as the chair of the Agriculture Committee and the Judiciary Committee in the past. Between the years 2017 and 2021, he was the committee’s most senior member, earning him the right to serve as the committee’s ranking member. In 2021, he was elected chairman.
Leahy, along with Tom Daschle, who served as Senate Majority Leader at the time, was one of the people targeted in the anthrax attacks that took place in 2001. These attacks resulted in the deaths of five people.
He was the first senator to ever preside over the impeachment trial of a former president, as he was the presiding officer during Donald Trump’s second trial for obstruction of justice and obstruction of an official proceeding.
Leahy made the announcement that he would not be running for reelection in 2022 on November 15, 2021.
Patrick Leahy Previous Offices: List of Offices Held by Patrick Leahy
American politician, Patrick Leahy’s previous offices include President pro tempore of the United States Senate (2012 -2015) and President pro tempore emeritus of the United States senate president pro tempore emeritus of the United States Senate (2015 – 2021).
The president pro tempore of the United States Senate (often shortened to president pro tem) is the second-highest-ranking official of the United States Senate. Article One, Section Three of the United States Constitution provides that the vice president of the United States is the president of the Senate (despite not being a senator), and mandates that the Senate must choose a president pro tempore to act as the vice president’s absence.