Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, speaks with Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, following his testimony of the Defense Department budget for fiscal year 2022 before the Senate Appropriations Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington, June 17, 2021. (DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos M. Vazquez II) [Read Next: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from Washington D.C, United States, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons]
Leahy injured himself in a fall at his home in McLean, Virginia and is expected to make a full recovery.
His office stated, “Having been born blind in one eye, the senator has had a lifelong struggle with reduced depth perception… He has taken some remarkable dingers over the years but this one finally caught up with him.”
Leahy is the longest serving Democrat senator and has served in the Senate since 1974.
He has announced he will not seek re-election and he is currently 3rd in line for the presidency.