Aug 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

First look: Leahy out with memoir after 46 years on Hill

Mike Allen
Patrick Leahy.

Cover: Simon & Schuster

Senate President Pro Tem Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) — Appropriations chairman, the most senior member of Congress, and the last of the "Watergate Babies" — will be out in April with a memoir, "The Road Taken."

Why it matters: Leahy, who presided over President Trump's second impeachment trial, "established himself as a moral leader and liberal pioneer over four decades spanning nine presidential administration," Simon & Schuster says in the announcement.

  • "Senator Leahy's memoir is populated by ... every President from Ford onward, a fresh-faced Ted Kennedy, a dying Hubert Humphrey, a 33-year-old son of Scranton named Joe Biden, a quick-witted Barry Goldwater, a freshman Senator and trash-talking gym-mate named Barack Obama, and a scrappy newcomer ... Bernard Sanders."

Behind the scenes: Leahy was represented by Robert Barnett and Emily Alden of Williams & Connolly. Barnett has urged Leahy to write a memoir for decades.

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