Vermont US Sen. Patrick Leahy breaks hip, to have surgery

MONTPELIER, Vermont — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont broke his hip in a fall at his home and needed surgery to fix it, his office said Thursday.

The 82-year-old Democrat fell Wednesday night in McLean, Va., the statement said. The doctors determined that the best course of action would be to have surgery to repair the hip as soon as possible.

Leahy was born blind in one eye.

“The senator has struggled his entire life with reduced depth perception,” the statement said. “He’s taken some remarkable dingers over the years, but this one finally caught up with him.”

Leahy needed to “make a full recovery and begin a healthy course of physiotherapy immediately.”

Leahy is the longest serving senator. He announced in November that he would not run again this fall. When his term expires in January 2023, he will have served 48 years in the Senate.

Leahy was rushed to hospital in January 2021, hours after he began presiding over former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. Leahy wasn’t feeling well and was taken there out of an abundance of caution. After being examined, he was sent home.

Leahy is the latest of the so-called Watergate babies, the wave of congressional Democrats elected in 1974 after President Richard Nixon resigned to avoid impeachment.

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