Oct 5, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey to retire in 2022

Pat Toomey wears a face mask while walking on an escalator

Sen. Pat Toomey in the Capitol on Sept. 22. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced Monday that he will not run for re-election in 2022.

Why it matters: Pennsylvania is a key swing state that the Biden and Trump campaigns are jockeying hard to win in November — although Trump won Pennsylvania by less than 1 percentage point four years ago. Toomey also said he will not run for governor in 2022, which leaves two open races in the state.

What he's saying: "As I say, I've got two years left. And my intention is to work as hard as I possibly can," Toomey said at a press conference.

  • "It is my hope that I'll be the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee because I am hopeful and cautiously optimistic that my Republican colleagues will prevail in a number of tough races and we will be in the majority."
  • Toomey reiterated his support for President Trump and the president's re-election campaign, saying he hoped to work under Trump for two more years.
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