Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyFormer US attorney considering Senate run in Vermont as Republican The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sen. Kaine, drivers stranded in I-95 backup Senate delays vote as DC hit by snowstorm MORE (D-Vt.) announced on Monday that he will not seek reelection next year, setting the stage for a potentially bruising Democratic primary.
“It is time to pass the torch to the next Vermonter who will carry on this work for our great state. It’s time to come home," Leahy said, speaking from the same room in Vermont's State House where he launched his first Senate campaign in 1974.
Sorry 2hear of Sen Leahy’s retirement He & I work together on so many major pieces of legislation False Claims Whistleblower protections EB5 Freedom of Information Act to name a few Pat, Marcelle, Barbara & I are gr8 friends For the Senate his leadership will b missed— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) November 15, 2021
The course of the primary could largely depend on Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Hispanic Caucus lawmaker won't attend meeting with VP Harris's new aide The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat MORE's (I-Vt.) endorsement. It is unclear whether Sanders will endorse Welch, if he runs.