Vermont Rep. Welch launches Senate bid to replace retiring Patrick Leahy

Vermont Rep. Welch launches Senate bid to replace retiring Patrick Leahy


Rep. Peter Welch formally began his campaign Monday to replace retiring his fellow Vermont Democrat, Senate President pro tempore Patrick Leahy, who announced last week that he would not seek re-election for a ninth term.

Welch, 74 — who was first elected to the House in 2006 and previously served as the Democratic leader of the Vermont Senate — cited climate change and combating the COVID-19 pandemic as his reasons for seeking higher office.

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

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“We are at a pivotal moment,” Welch said in a separate statement. “Vermont families are struggling through multiple crises: a global pandemic, the consequences of

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