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Politics Vermont’s Rep. Peter Welch to run for U.S. Senate after Leahy retires

17:31  22 november  2021
17:31  22 november  2021 Source:   nydailynews.com

Leahy, most-senior senator, will retire

  Leahy, most-senior senator, will retire Sen. Patrick Leahy, 81, announced Monday that he would not run for a ninth term.Leahy, 81, announced Monday that he would not run for a ninth term in a speech at the state capitol in Montpelier. First elected in the post-Watergate midterms in 1974, Leahy's tenure spanned eight presidents and leaves him as, for now, the only Democrat ever elected to the Senate from Vermont.

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced on Monday he’ll run to replace retiring Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) in next year’s midterm elections.

The eight-term veteran lawmaker would be an overwhelming favorite to join Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Senate from the Green Mountain state.

“I’m running for the United States Senate to work for you, for Vermont, for our country, and for our imperiled democracy,” Welch tweeted.

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) © Susan Walsh Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.)

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) (Susan Walsh/)

Gov. Phil Scott, a moderate and popular Republican, has said he is not interested in running for Senate, although he will likely be encouraged by some national GOP leaders to give it a second thought. There are no other obvious GOP candidates to challenge Welch in the deep blue state.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, who presided over Trump's 2nd impeachment trial and is currently the longest serving senator, announces his retirement

  Sen. Patrick Leahy, who presided over Trump's 2nd impeachment trial and is currently the longest serving senator, announces his retirement Leahy is the 5th-longest serving senator ever, holding his Senate seat for 46 years since he was first elected in the aftermath of Watergate in 1974.The Vermont Democrat's retirement leaves his Senate seat open ahead of next year's 2022 midterm elections, though the race is not expected to be competitive after President Joe Biden's over 2-to-1 victory over former President Donald Trump in the "Green Mountain State" last year.

Welch, 74, who is Vermont’s sole lawmaker in the House of Representatives, is a member of the House progressive caucus.

He won reelection with about two-thirds of the vote in 2020 and has never faced any serious electoral opposition after his initial win over a GOP opponent in 2008.

Welch’s run will set up a potentially crowded race for his seat. Several women say they want to become the first female elected to statewide office in Vermont.

Some also say it’s time for a younger or more diverse congressional delegation after more than a decade with a triumvirate of older white men representing Vermont in Washington D.C.

Leahy, 81, last week announced he would not seek a ninth term in the Senate. Remarkably Leahy is the only Democrat ever elected to the Senate from Vermont, which was once a staunchly GOP state, albeit one dominated by liberal Republicans who would be out of step with today’s right-wing party.

Sanders is an independent, although the two-time presidential candidate caucuses with Democrats.

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