January 26, 2022

Vermont Dem Rep. Welch to leave House for Senate run

Vermont Democratic Rep. Peter Welch announced his bid to run for U.S. Senate on Monday to fill the seat of retiring Democrat Patrick Leahy, leaving another potential spot to fill in the House.

Nearly 20 Democratic House members have announced they will not be running for reelection next year for various reasons, leaving a potential power gap in the closely contested House.

Welch announced his run for Senate in a video on Monday.

His run has already been endorsed by fellow Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“Welch understands that if we are going to combat the existential threat of climate change, establish universal health care, lower the cost of prescription drugs, create good paying jobs in Vermont and protect American democracy, now is the time to think big, not small,” Sanders said

Vermont is one of the strongest blue states in the nation and a Democrat will almost certainly retain Welch’s House position. However, the battle is one of many Democrats will face to keep control of the House in a situation many believe will flip the power to Republicans in 2022.

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