Norton Honors Leahy on Retirement

Nov 16, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released a statement today upon learning that Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will not seek reelection. Leahy is the longest-serving senator still in office and a strong supporter of statehood and full home rule for the District of Columbia.

"I regret that Senator Leahy will retire at the end of his term," Norton said. "However, he has set a memorable record as the longest-serving senator still in office and the fourth longest- serving senator in U.S. history. I particularly appreciate that over the years, Senator Leahy has been a strong supporter of granting statehood and full home rule to D.C., including being an original cosponsor of my D.C. statehood bill. Most recently, as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, he was instrumental in ensuring that the Senate’s fiscal year 2022 D.C. Appropriations bill has no anti-home-rule riders. In addition, we in D.C. are proud that Senator Leahy graduated from Georgetown Law, where I was a tenured professor.

"Thank you, Senator Leahy, for your extraordinary service to our country and for all you have done to advance the cause of statehood and home rule for the nation's capital."