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Patrick Leahy of Middlesex,VT was elected to the United States Senate in 1974 and remains the only Democrat elected to this office from Vermont. At 34, he was the youngest U.S. Senator ever to be elected from the Green Mountain State. Leahy was born in Montpelier and grew up across from the Statehouse. A graduate of Saint Michael’s College in Colchester (1961), he received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center (1964). He served for eight years as State’s Attorney in Chittenden County. He gained a national reputation for his law enforcement activities and was selected (1974) as one of three outstanding prosecutors in the United States.
Sen. Leahy is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is a senior member of the Agriculture and Appropriations Committees. He ranks second in seniority in the Senate. As a leading member of the Appropriations Committee, Leahy is the Chairman of the Committee’s Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations.
Sen. Patrick Leahy also sports an amazing 100% rating from the Secular Coalition for America.
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When faced with the question of what he will do to support VT and American atheists and secularists, here is how he chose to respond:
“Thank you for contacting me about issues concerning the First Amendment of the Constitution and religion. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this issue.
The First Amendment of the Constitution protects people who exercise their right to practice a particular religion and those who practice no religion at all. Another important part of the First Amendment is that it prevents the government from endorsing a particular religion. I believe we need to maintain the strength of the First Amendment by guarding the rights of free speech and freedom of religion, without permitting the government to direct or interfere with religious or spiritual beliefs. Separation of church and state is a fundamental component of our system of government. I believe that we must respect the genius of the founders and tread lightly in the area of religion when it comes to government action.
More than 45 years ago, Justice Hugo Black, writing for the Supreme Court, noted that “a union of government and religion tends to destroy government and to degrade religion.” My faith and my patriotism mean more to me because they are my choice and not manipulated by my government. I will continue to work hard to serve and defend the rights of all of my constituents, no matter what faiths or beliefs they practice.
Thank you for contacting me. Please keep in touch.
United States Senator
Vermont State Chapter Leader
Northeast Regional Membership Coordinator
National Atheist Party