- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, currently the longest-serving senator in Washington, is going to seek an eighth term in the 2016 election, his campaign manager said.

Leahy, a Democrat, was first elected to the Senate in 1974. He’s been re-elected six times.

Leahy’s campaign staff says he’s actively raising money for the 2016 election.

Leahy, who will turn 75 next month, is eager to run, said Carolyn Dwyer, Leahy’s campaign manager.

“The reality is that you do have to plan ahead, so his staff is working on putting the infrastructure in place for a 2016 campaign,” Dwyer told Vermont Public Radio (http://bit.ly/18K8fce). “An official announcement will come down the road at a time and place that’s appropriate.”

She said the campaign was already fundraising because it wanted to have enough money in case Leahy is targeted for defeat by some national conservative organizations.

“He is cognizant of the need to make sure he has the resources not only to wage a successful campaign, but to combat anything that might come his way on the national scene,” said Dwyer.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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