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RELEASE: Congressman Peter Welch Announces U.S. Senate Run


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Congressman Peter Welch Announces U.S. Senate Run

MONTPELIER, VT – This morning, Congressman Peter Welch announced that he is seeking election to the U.S. Senate. This comes following Senator Patrick Leahy’s announcement last week that he will not seek re-election for a ninth term. “We are at a pivotal moment,” said Congressman Welch in a statement. “If Vermonters elect me to the U.S. Senate, I will be ready to fight for progressive change on Day One.” “I’ve seen Vermonters come together to solve problems,” Welch said. “We focus on solutions, not who gets credit. That’s the Vermont way. That’s how I’ve gotten things done as Vermont’s congressman and how I will get things done if I am elected to the U.S. Senate.” Vermont Democratic Party Chair Anne Lezak said in a statement: “The Vermont Democratic Party is excited that Congressman Welch is running for the U.S. Senate. Senator Leahy will be leaving big shoes to fill, and we have no doubt that Congressman Welch is more than up to the task. His long list of accomplishments to make life better for Vermont’s families, workers, older folks and those often left behind have well prepared him for this moment. I am confident that Peter Welch will continue to serve as a national leader on jobs, education, health care, climate action, and other issues that matter to Vermonters. He has demonstrated time and again that he has what it takes to stand up to Republican naysayers, and will energetically take on McConnell and Senate Republicans if elected.” Congressman Welch is a Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and is a member of the House Progressive Caucus. He is a member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. He has served as Vermont’s Congressman since 2007. For more information, head to



Asha Carroll Communications Director Vermont Democratic Party (802) 391-4035

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