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Patrick J. Leahy (D)
Senior Senator from Vermont

Elected: 1974 (5th term)
Hometown: Middlesex
Born: March 31, 1940; Montpelier, Vt.
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Marcelle Leahy; three children
Education: St. Michael's College, B.A. 1961; Georgetown U., J.D. 1964
Career: Lawyer
Political Highlights: Chittenden County state's attorney, 1966-75; U.S. Senate, 1975-present
Committees: Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry; Appropriations ( Commerce, Justice, State & Judiciary; Defense; Foreign Operations - ranking member; Interior; VA, HUD & Independent Agencies); Judiciary - ranking member
Address: 433 Russell Senate Office Building, Constitution and Delaware Aves., N.E., Washington, DC, 20510-4502
Phone: (202) 224-4242
Fax: (202) 224-3479
E-mail: senator_leahy@leahy.senate.gov
Web site: leahy.senate.gov

Source: Congressional Quarterly (Updated: January 29, 2000). To suggest updates and corrections: politics.feedback@cq.com


Record and Rankings
RECORD AND RANKINGS

CQ Voting Studies are an annual analysis of a member's support or opposition to a given position. Interest Group Ratings are based on rankings from groups chosen to represent liberal, conservative, business and labor viewpoints.Voting Participation scores are based on the number of times a member voted "yea" or "nay" on roll call votes (not including quorum calls in the House).

CQ Vote Studies
Year Presidential
Support
Party
Unity
  S* O* S O
1998 81% 17% 86% 13%
1997 87 13 89 11
1996 75 25 85 12
1995 87 11 93 4
1994 89 11 96 4
1993 92 7 92 6
1992 23 75 90 4
1991 28 72 90 10
1990 32 68 93 7
S=Support; O=Oppose

Voting Participation
Year %
1998 99
1997 98
1996 97
1995 97
1994 100
1993 98
1992 94
1991 99
1990 100
Interest Groups
Year ADA AFL-CIO CCUS ACU
1998 90% n/a 56% 12 %
1997 80 67 60 13
1996 90 100 23 5
1995 100 100 16 0
1994 95 100 20 0
1993 95 82 27 8
1992 100 100 10 0
1991 95 92 20 5
1990 94 56 17 4

Note on Interest Groups: ADA=Americans for Democratic Action; AFL-CIO=American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations; CCUS=Chamber of Commerce of the United States; ACU=American Conservative Union

Source: Congressional Quarterly (Updated April 1999) AT A GLANCE
AT A GLANCE

State Legislature | Urban Statistics | Registered Voters | U.S. Congress | Term Limits | Elections | Population | Miscellaneous

State Legislature
General Assembly:
Meets biennially, January-April; session often extended
House of Representatives: 150 members, 2-year terms
1999 breakdown: 67R, 77D, 2I, 4 Progressive; 102 men, 48 women
Salary: $536/week
Phone: (802) 828-2247
Senate: 30 members, 2-year terms
1999 breakdown: 13R, 17D; 20 men, 10 women
Salary: $536/week
Phone: (802) 828-2231

Urban Statistics
Burlington: Mayor Peter C. Clavelle, N-P, Population 39,004
Rutland: Mayor Jeffrey Wennberg, N-P, Population 17,605
South Burlington: City Council Chairman William Cimonetti, N-P, Population 13,860

Registered Voters
Voters do not register by party.

U.S. Congress
Senate: 1 D, 1 R
House: 1 I

Term Limits
For state offices: No

Elections
1996 Presidential Vote:
Bill Clinton 53%, Bob Dole 31%, Ross Perot 12%
1992 Presidential Vote:
Bill Clinton 46%, George Bush 30%, Ross Perot 23%
1988 Presidential Vote:
George Bush 51%, Michael S. Dukakis 48%

Population
1998 population (est.): 588,654
1990 population: 562,758
1980 population: 511,456
Percent change 1980-90: +10%
Rank among states (1998): 48
White: 98%
Black: 1%
Asian or Pacific islander: 1%
Hispanic origin: 1%
Urban: 32%
Rural: 68%
Born in state: 57%
Foreign-born: 3%
Under age 18: 145,519 (25%)
Ages 18-64: 371,246 (63%)
65 and older: 72,213 (12%)
Median age: 36.1

Miscellaneous
Web: www.state.vt.us
Capital: Montpelier
Median household income: $34,077 (1997)
   Rank among states: 34
Total area: 9,615 sq. miles
   Rank among states: 43

Source: Congressional Quarterly (Updated April 1999)


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