Who is Patrick Leahy's wife Marcelle Pomerleau?

DEMOCRATIC United States Senator Patrick Leahy and his wife Marcelle Pomerleau have been married since 1962.

Leahy announced his retirement on Monday, November 15, 2021.

Who is Patrick Leahy?

Born March 31, 1940, Patrick Leahy is an American politician currently serving as the President pro tempore of the United States Senate, a constitutional role given to the longest-serving lawmaker in the majority party. 

He recently announced his upcoming retirement.

"While I will continue to serve Vermont, Marcelle and I have reached a conclusion: it is time to put down the gavel," Leahy said.

"It is time to pass the torch to the next Vermonter, who'll carry on this work for our great state. It's time to come home."

"I will not run for reelection," he added.

As president pro tempore of the US Senate, Leahy is third in the line of presidential succession, after the vice president and House Speaker.

The president pro tempore acts as president of the Senate in case the vice president is absent.

Leahy also serves as a US Senator of Vermont as a member of the Democratic party.

The 81-year-old politician is the most senior member of the Senate, being the only sitting senator to have served during Gerald Ford's presidency and one of just two to have served during Jimmy Carter's term.

Leahy is a lifelong Batman fan who appeared in numerous caped crusader movies – including The Dark Knight with Heath Ledger.

Who is Patrick Leahy's wife Marcelle Pomerleau?

Marcelle Pomerleau is the daughter of French-Canadian immigrants who moved to Vermont from Quebec.

Pomerleau is a nurse and serves on the board of the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

She married Leahy in 1962, and have three children together, Mark, Alicia and Kevin.

In 2003, Pomerleau was diagnosed with melanoma, but has successfully been treated.

What was Leahy's job at Trump's impeachment trial?

As presiding officer, Leahy had the power to issue rulings on key questions around the evidence against Trump, and whether a trial against the former president is even allowed under the Constitution.

Leahy was given the right to have a vote in the trial, like other senators.

In a statement, Leahy said he would take “extraordinarily seriously” his trial oath to administer “impartial justice".

“When I preside over the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, I will not waver from my constitutional and sworn obligations to administer the trial with fairness, in accordance with the Constitution and the laws,” he said.

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