Patrick Leahy

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Patrick Leahy
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U.S. Senate, Vermont
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1975-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 39
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorGeorge D. Aiken (R)
Leadership
President pro tempore of the Senate
December 17, 2012 - Present
Compensation
Base salary$193,400/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 1974
Next generalNovember 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSaint Michael's College
J.D.Georgetown University Law Center
Personal
BirthdayMarch 31, 1940
Place of birthMontpelier, VT
Net worth$129,503
Websites
Office website
Patrick Leahy (b. March 31, 1940, in Montpelier, Vermont) is a Democratic member of the United States Senate. Leahy was first elected to the Senate in 1974. He is the current President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate.

He practiced law and became State's Attorney for Chittenden County for eight years before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1974.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Leahy is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

After earning his J.D. from Georgetown University, Leahy was admitted to the Vermont bar.[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Leahy is on the following committees[2]:

  • Judiciary Chair
    • Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Action
    • Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security
  • Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security
    • Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural Research
    • Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of Homeland
    • Subcommittee on Department of Defense
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
  • Rules & Administration

2011-2012

Leahy was on the following committees[1]:

  • Judiciary Chair
    • Administrative Oversight and the Courts
    • The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights
    • Immigration, Refugees and Border Security
  • Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry
    • Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources
    • Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agriculture Research
    • Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security
  • Appropriations
    • Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies
    • Defense
    • Homeland Security
    • Interior, Environment and Related Agencies
    • State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies Chair
    • Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • Rules & Administration

Issues

Senate Judiciary Committee

Leahy was first appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1978. In 1997, Leahy became the ranking Democratic member on the committee. Leahy served as ranking member from 1997 to 2001 and again from 2003 to 2007. Leahy first served as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2001 to 2003 and was re-appointed as Chairman in 2007 when Democrats regained control of the US Senate.[3]

Leahy has participated in the confirmation hearings for Chief Justices William Rehnquist in 1986 and John Roberts in 2005. Leahy has also served in the confirmation hearings of Associate Justices Sandra Day O'Connor in 1981, Antonin Scalia in 1986, Robert Bork in 1987, Anthony Kennedy in 1988, David Souter in 1990, Clarence Thomas in 1991, Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1993, Stephen Breyer in 1994, Samuel Alito in 2006, and Sonia Sotomayor in 2009.

Leahy serves on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security.[4]

Senator Leahy is the longest-tenured Democrat member of the Senate Judiciary Committee with 31 years of service. Orrin Hatch of Utah is the longest tenured member with 33 years of service on the committee.

Leahy has issued strong criticism of the GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, claiming that they are dragging their feet with judicial conformations. [5]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Leahy voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Marijuana laws

In August 2013, Leahy called for Attorney General Eric Holder to address conflicts in marijuana laws between states and the federal government. With an increasing number of states legalizing the drug for recreational use, Leahy wrote in his statement to Holder: "It is important, especially at a time of budget constraints, to determine whether it is the best use of federal resources to prosecute the personal or medicinal use of marijuana in states that have made such consumption legal."[7] It was later announced that a hearing on the issue would be held with Holder and the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 10, 2013.[8]

Elections

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Leahy is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Leahy raised a total of $7,495,946 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[16]

Patrick Leahy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (Vermont) Won $4,869,504
2004 U.S. Senate (Vermont) Won $2,626,442
Grand Total Raised $7,495,946
Breakdown of the source of Leahy's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Leahy won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Leahy's campaign committee raised a total of $4,869,504 and spent $4,104,770.[17]

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[18]

Leahy most often votes with:

Leahy least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Leahy is a "far-left Democratic leader," as of July 3, 2013.[19]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Leahy missed 544 of 14,640 roll call votes from January 1975 to April 2013. This amounts to 3.7%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.[20]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Leahy paid his congressional staff a total of $2,417,121 in 2011. He ranks 8th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranks 31st overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Vermont ranks 45th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[21]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Leahy's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $49,007 and $210,000. That averages to $129,503, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth did not change from 2010.[22]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Leahy's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $49,007 and $210,000. That averages to $129,503.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[23]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Leahy ranked 24th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[24]

2011

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Leahy ranked 11th in the liberal rankings.[25]

Political positions

Voting with party

2013

Patrick Leahy voted with the Democratic Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 20th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[26]

Recent news

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Personal

Leahy and his wife, Marcelle, have three children and five grandchildren.[1]

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Official Senate website "Biography," Accessed November 26, 2011
  2. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 18, 2013
  3. "Senate Judiciary" List of previous members
  4. "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of Subcommittees
  5. Leahy Statement on GOP ‘Obstruction’
  6. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. Politico, "Patrick Leahy calls for Eric Holder pot hearing," August 26, 2013
  8. San Francisco Gate, "Big marijuana news: Senate to hold hearing on muddled pot laws," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1980," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1974," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Donor history for Patrick Leahy" Accessed April 25, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Patrick Leahy 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 26, 2011
  18. OpenCongress, "Patrick Leahy," Accessed August 8, 2013
  19. Gov Track "Patrick Leahy," Accessed July 3, 2013
  20. GovTrack, "Leahy," Accessed April 11, 2013
  21. LegiStorm "Patrick Leahy"
  22. OpenSecrets.org, "Leahy, (D-Vermont), 2011"
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Leahy, (D-Vermont), 2010"
  24. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  25. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
George Aikin
U.S. Senate - Vermont
1975-Present
Succeeded by
-
Preceded by
Daniel Inouye (D)
President Pro Tempore- U.S. Senate
2012-Present
Succeeded by
NA