Peter Welch

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Peter Welch
United States Senator
from Vermont
Assumed office
January 3, 2023
Serving with Bernie Sanders
Preceded byPatrick Leahy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's at-large district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2023
Preceded byBernie Sanders
Succeeded byBecca Balint
73rd and 78th President pro tempore of the Vermont Senate
In office
January 8, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byPeter Shumlin
Succeeded byPeter Shumlin
In office
January 9, 1985 – January 4, 1989
Preceded byRobert A. Bloomer
Succeeded byDoug Racine
Minority Leader of the Vermont Senate
In office
January 5, 1983 – January 8, 1985
Preceded byRobert V. Daniels
Succeeded byAllen D. Avery
Member of the Vermont Senate
from the Windsor district
In office
December 13, 2001 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byCheryl Rivers
Succeeded byAlice Nitka
In office
January 7, 1981 – January 4, 1989
Serving with Chester Scott, John Howland, Edgar May, William Hunter
Preceded byHerbert Ogden
Succeeded byRichard McCormack
Personal details
Peter Francis Welch

(1947-05-02) May 2, 1947 (age 76)
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Joan Smith
(m. 1986; died 2004)

Margaret Cheney (m. 2009)
EducationCollege of the Holy Cross (BA)
University of California, Berkeley (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Peter Francis Welch (born May 2, 1947) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party. Welch is the junior U.S. Senator from Vermont since 2023. He was the U.S. Representative for Vermont's At-large congressional district from 2007 to 2023.

In 2016, Welch supported U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for President.[1] He supported him again in 2020.[2]

In November 2021, Welch announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate in the 2022 election to replace retiring Senator Patrick Leahy.[3][4] He won the general election in November 2022.

References[change | change source]

  1. Burbank, April (February 19, 2016). "Rep. Peter Welch throws support behind Bernie Sanders". Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  2. Krieg, Gregory (February 19, 2019). "Sanders taps new campaign manager, gets endorsements from top Vermont lawmakers". CNN. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  3. Forgey, Quint. "Rep. Peter Welch launches Senate bid for Leahy's seat". POLITICO. Retrieved 2021-11-22.
  4. "Rep. Peter Welch announces run for U.S. Senate". WCAX-TV. Burlington, Vt. November 22, 2021. Retrieved November 22, 2021.

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