Patrick Leahy From Wikipedia (born March 31, 1940) is an American politician 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.

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. 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.

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. 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.