Washington, D.C. — Today, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced his intention to retire after serving for 46 years in the U.S. Senate. During his time on Capitol Hill, Senator Leahy played an essential role in passing and protecting the Affordable Care Act, fighting for a future where every American has access to quality, affordable health care. 

“During his long and distinguished tenure in the United States Senate, Senator Leahy was a relentless defender of health care and of the Affordable Care Act,” said Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach. “I had the privilege to work for Senator Leahy as a member of his committee staff nearly 35 years ago, and his passion, integrity and commitment to justice and to the country left an indelible mark. America, and all of us who learned by seeing him do his job, owe him a debt of gratitude.”

“Senator Leahy is a true health care champion, and his leadership will be sorely missed in the Senate,” said Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse. “For 46 years, Senator Leahy has fought tirelessly to expand and protect health care for Vermonters and all Americans, including playing a leading role in working to protect the Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court last year. We wish the senator all the best in his retirement, and we will keep up the fight to ensure health care is a right for every American.”