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Sen. Patrick Leahy won't seek reelection. What comes next, and what do you make of his decades in office?

Patrick Leahy in a gray suit stands in a hallway at the US Capitol building during his first term in the US Senate in 1975. He has large wire rimmed rectangle glasses, and graying hair.
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Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., in the US Capitol in 1975, shortly after beginning his first term in the United States Senate.

Live call-in discussion: Sen. Patrick Leahy is Vermont's longest-serving senator. Today, after eight terms, he announced he will not be seeking re-election. What's your reaction to Leahy's announcement? How do you reflect on his last eight terms? And what would you like to see moving forward?

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