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Senate GOP blocks Obama's appeals court nominee

Senate GOP blocks Obama's appeals court nominee

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Senate Republicans blocked yet another White House nominee to a U.S. appeals court, deepening the party's rift with Democrats over presidential appointments.
NSA chief defends agency actions at House hearing

NSA chief defends agency actions at House hearing

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The director of the National Security Agency told a congressional hearing Tuesday data about European phone calls were not collected by his agency.

NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander to retire

FORT MEADE, Md., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander, who has steadfastly defended NSA mass surveillance, plans to retire in five months, the agency said.
FISA Court not a rubber stamp, judge says

FISA Court not a rubber stamp, judge says

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The secret U.S. court overseeing mass surveillance told the Senate it changes 1 in 4 government spying requests, even though it approves almost all of them.
Senate chairman calls for end to bulk phone record surveillance

Senate chairman calls for end to bulk phone record surveillance

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday the oversight of U.S. surveillance programs needs to be updated.
McCain, Graham appear to support Obama on Syria

McCain, Graham appear to support Obama on Syria

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Two top Republicans emerged from a meeting with President Obama Monday and offered at least conditional support for the president's approach to Syria.
Holder invited to testify on state-level marijuana legalization

Holder invited to testify on state-level marijuana legalization

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been invited to testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about state-level laws that legalize marijuana.

McCain, Graham: Obama should cut aid to Egypt

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Two top U.S. Senate Republicans called Friday for a cutoff of U.S. aid to Egypt where hundreds of people were killed in political clashes this week.
Washington lawmakers call for more NSA oversight

Washington lawmakers call for more NSA oversight

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy said he is concerned Washington lawmakers were not told of an internal audit saying the National Security Agency violated privacy rules.
Holder order draws bipartisan praise

Holder order draws bipartisan praise

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Attorney General Eric Holder Monday ordered U.S. prosecutors not to seek long sentences for minor drug-related crimes, evoking support from Congress.
Holder eases federal prosecution for minor drug offenders

Holder eases federal prosecution for minor drug offenders

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday he has ordered federal prosecutors not to seek long sentences for minor drug-related crimes.
Administration says it's serious about privacy, defends NSA programs

Administration says it's serious about privacy, defends NSA programs

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The Obama administration says it takes privacy criticisms over its surveillance programs seriously while defending them to Congress and the U.S. public.
Leahy promises new oversight of domestic intelligence gathering

Leahy promises new oversight of domestic intelligence gathering

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., promised changes in the law as he opened a hearing Wednesday on data collection by the U.S. National Security Agency.
Pentagon: Cost of operating Guantanamo in 2013 is $454 million

Pentagon: Cost of operating Guantanamo in 2013 is $454 million

WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told Congress Wednesday it will cost $454 million to operate the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Senate bill would tighten access to email snooping

WASHINGTON, July 21 (UPI) -- A bill requiring U.S. law-enforcement agencies to have a warrant to search through archived email messages is gaining support in Congress, a Senate aide said.
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) (R) listens to testimony at a committee hearing on "The Performance Rights Act and Parity among Music Delivery Platforms" on Capitol Hill in Washington on August 4, 2009. UPI/Alexis C. Glenn
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Patrick Joseph Leahy (pronounced /ˈleɪhiː/; born March 31, 1940) is the senior United States Senator from Vermont and member of the Democratic Party. He is the first and only elected Democratic United States Senator in Vermont's history. He is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Leahy is the second most senior U.S. Senator, and second longest-serving Democrat in the U.S. Senate having served since 1975.

Leahy was born in Montpelier, Vermont, the son of Alba (née Zambon) and Howard Francis Leahy, a printer. His grandparents came to Vermont from Ireland and Italy during the 19th century to work at quarries.

Leahy graduated from Saint Michael's College in 1961 and received his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1964. He practiced as a lawyer until he was elected for four terms as State's Attorney of Chittenden County from 1966 to 1974. Leahy was elected to the United States Senate for the first time in 1974 (at 34, he was the youngest U.S. Senator ever to be elected by Vermont). Leahy was the first and remains the only Democrat elected to the Senate from Vermont. He was also the first non-Republican Senator from Vermont since 1856.

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