Patrick Leahy

(Patrick Joseph Leahy)

Patrick Leahy
Patrick Leahy
  • Born: March 31, 1940
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









Patrick Joseph Leahy is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Vermont, a seat to which he was first elected in 1974. A member of the Democratic Party, Leahy held the position of President pro tempore of the United States Senate from December 17, 2012, to January 6, 2015, and was thus during that time third in the presidential line of succession. Now in his eighth six-year term of office, he is currently (since the December 2012 death of Daniel Inouye) the most senior member of the Senate, and is also the last of the Senate's "Watergate Babies" – Democrats first elected to Congress in 1974, following President Richard Nixon's August 9, 1974 resignation over the Watergate scandal. Additionally, Leahy remains the only sitting U.S. Senator to have served during the presidency of Gerald Ford. Leahy received the title of President pro tempore emeritus in January 2015.

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Does the Constitution permit the execution of an innocent person? Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Even more shocking is a proposal to create a new biodefense research agency that would be completely exempt from FOIA ...We can all agree that the nation must prepare, but it should not do so in abject secrecy Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
I worry about any type of bulk collection. If you collect everything, how do you know that you’ve got anything Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
If we give the impression that every one of our technological advances in this country, be it Microsoft, Google, Yahoo or anything else, are really an instrument of our intelligence agencies, how far do you think they are really going to go? Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
If we give up all our privacy rights, have we become any safer? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If we take away all our privacy rights, we become our own terrorists. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
If you are an American, you can understand why people cannot go through your house and go through your files. By the same token, should they be able to go through them electronically? Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
If you make a mistake, classify it. Then you don’t have to admit the mistake. Secrecy & Transparency
If you’re going to have the death penalty, you had better be sure that you have the right man. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
If you’re going to remove a President from office and overturn a national election, you had better be sure that it’s ‘beyond a reasonable doubt.’ Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
It is ingrained into our national life that the rule of law makes us free. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Laws can only be as effective as the willingness of people to obey them. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
No president gets all his judges.
One-fourth of the children in this country are poor—and they don't vote. Poverty
Senators are a Constitutional impediment to the smooth functioning of staff. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Since the first Patriot Act, as this has evolved, more and more of the privacy of Americans is disappearing. And that’s going to hurt us; it’s not going to make us safer. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Thank God we have a press that tells us what you guys are doing. Secrecy & Transparency
The CIA and NSA are not supposed to be involved in American law enforcement. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The court that serves America should reflect America. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The Department of Justice should never be reduced to a political arm of the White House. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The message to the NSA is coming from every branch of our government, from every corner of our nation. NSA, you’ve gone too far! Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
The reality often times does not match the rhetoric. The rhetoric is very easy if you keep the reality secret. Secrecy & Transparency
The Supreme Court is our ultimate check and balance. Policy & Policy Making
This administration seems intent on accumulating unchecked power. Power
This is beginning to sound more like a canonization hearing than a confirmation hearing. Legislating & Legislative Process
We’re reaching a point where we have over classification. Every single administration, Republican and Democrat, has classified too much stuff. And now it’s getting out of control. Secrecy & Transparency
A lot of people in my state of Vermont are gun owners.
A victim is a victim is a victim. We should stop setting up standards that say we will have one standard of law enforcement for one group of victims but not for another.
I'm a gun owner.
I'm an old trial lawyer.
Judiciary is where my passion is.
Our alliances and our credibility are crucial elements of our working capital in advancing America's interests in the world, and they have been eroded over the last four years.
Stealing is stealing. I don't care if it's on the Internet or you're breaking into a warehouse somewhere - it's theft.
The American public is sick and tired of being lied to.
The rights of copyright holders need to be protected, but some draconian remedies that have been suggested would create more problems than they would solve.
There have been 111 Justices in the Supreme Court of the United States. Only three have been women. If she is confirmed, Solicitor General Kagan will bring the Supreme Court to an historical high-water mark, with three women concurrently serving as Justices. Women
We need to consider nominations as thoroughly and carefully as the American people deserve. No one is entitled to a free pass to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.
Why do the President and Vice-President constantly change the subject when asked to explain why things are going so badly in Iraq? The answer is simple. They have been consistently wrong about Iraq, and the results speak for themselves.
You get fifteen democrats in a room, and you get twenty opinions.