Vermont US Sen. Patrick Leahy breaks hip to have surgery

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont has broken a hip in a fall at his home and is due to undergo surgery to repair it, his office said Thursday.

The 82-year-old Democrat fell Wednesday night in McLean, Virginia, the statement said. Doctors decided the best course of action would be to have surgery to repair the hip as quickly as possible.

Leahy was born blind in one eye.

“The senator has struggled a lifetime with impaired depth perception,” the statement said. “He’s taken some notable dingers over the years, but this one eventually caught up with him.”

Leahy was expected to make a full recovery and begin a healthy course of physical therapy immediately.

Leahy is the longest serving senator. He announced in November that he would not stand for re-election this fall. By the time his term ends in January 2023, he will have spent 48 years in the Senate.

Leahy is the last of the so-called Watergate babies, the wave of Congressional Democrats elected in 1974 after President Richard Nixon stepped down to avoid impeachment.

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