Patrick Leahy

Patrick Joseph Leahy (/ˈlhi/; born March 31, 1940) is an American politician and attorney serving as the president pro tempore of the United States Senate, and as the senior United States senator from Vermont. Leahy was first elected to the Senate in 1974, and previously served as president pro tempore from 2012 to 2015. He is the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Patrick Leahy
Official portrait, 2009
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
Assumed office
January 20, 2021
Preceded byChuck Grassley
In office
December 17, 2012  January 3, 2015
Preceded byDaniel Inouye
Succeeded byOrrin Hatch
President pro tempore emeritus of the United States Senate
In office
January 3, 2015  January 20, 2021
Preceded byTed Stevens
Succeeded byChuck Grassley
United States Senator
from Vermont
Assumed office
January 3, 1975
Serving with Bernie Sanders
Preceded byGeorge Aiken
Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee
Assumed office
February 3, 2021
Preceded byRichard Shelby
Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee
In office
January 3, 2007  January 3, 2015
Preceded byArlen Specter
Succeeded byChuck Grassley
In office
June 6, 2001  January 3, 2003
Preceded byOrrin Hatch
Succeeded byOrrin Hatch
In office
January 3, 2001  January 20, 2001
Preceded byOrrin Hatch
Succeeded byOrrin Hatch
Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee
In office
January 3, 1987  January 3, 1995
Preceded byJesse Helms
Succeeded byRichard Lugar
State's Attorney of Chittenden County, Vermont
In office
May 10, 1966  January 2, 1975
Preceded byJohn Fitzpatrick
Succeeded byFrancis Murray
Personal details
Patrick Joseph Leahy

(1940-03-31) March 31, 1940 (age 81)
Montpelier, Vermont, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Marcelle Pomerleau
(m. 1962)
EducationSaint Michael's College (BA)
Georgetown University (JD)
WebsiteSenate website

A member of the Democratic Party, Leahy is now in his eighth term of office. He is the most senior member of the Senate, and the last of the Senate's "Watergate Babies"  Democrats first elected to Congress in 1974, following President Richard Nixon's 1974 resignation over the Watergate scandal.[1] Leahy is also the only sitting senator to have served during Gerald Ford's presidency, and one of just two to have served during Jimmy Carter's term.[lower-alpha 1][lower-alpha 2]

The dean of the state's congressional delegation, Leahy is Vermont's longest-serving U.S. senator, as well as the only Democrat ever elected to the U.S. Senate from Vermont.[lower-alpha 3] He is the former chairman of the Agriculture and Judiciary Committees. He served as the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee from 2017 to 2021, and became chairman in 2021. In 2001, Leahy was one of the two U.S. senators targeted by the anthrax attacks that killed five people.

On January 25, 2021, it was announced that Leahy would be the presiding officer at Donald Trump's second impeachment trial, becoming the first senator to preside over a former president's impeachment trial.[2][3]