AP Interview: Retiring Vermont Sen. Leahy ponders his legacy


              Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the president pro temper of the Senate, walks to his office at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022.  The U.S. Senate's longest-serving Democrat, Leahy is getting ready to step down after almost 48 years representing his state in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., signs his book, The Road Taken, at his office at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. The U.S. Senate's longest-serving Democrat, Leahy is getting ready to step down after almost 48 years representing his state in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the president pro temper of the Senate, discusses his life in the Senate and his Vermont roots during an Associated Press interview in his office at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. The U.S. Senate's longest-serving Democrat, Leahy is getting ready to step down after almost 48 years representing his state in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the president pro temper of the Senate, walks to his hideaway office at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. The U.S. Senate's longest-serving Democrat, Leahy is getting ready to step down after almost 48 years representing his state in the U.S. Senate.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., chair of the Senate Rules Committee, left, greets Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the president pro temper of the Senate, as he walks to his office at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. The U.S. Senate's longest-serving Democrat, Leahy is getting ready to step down after almost 48 years representing his state in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the president pro temper of the Senate, discusses his life in the Senate and his Vermont roots during an Associated Press interview as he walks through the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. The U.S. Senate's longest-serving Democrat, Leahy is getting ready to step down after almost 48 years representing his state in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the president pro temper of the Senate, walk through an ornate corridor at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. The U.S. Senate's longest-serving Democrat, Leahy is getting ready to step down after almost 48 years representing his state in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the president pro temper of the Senate, stands on the balcony of his hideaway office at the Capitol as he discusses his life in the Senate and his Vermont roots during an Associated Press interview, in Washington, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. The U.S. Senate's longest-serving Democrat, Leahy is getting ready to step down after almost 48 years representing his state in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is surrounded by reporters at the Capitol seeking updates on negotiations on the government spending package, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. The U.S. Senate's longest-serving Democrat, Leahy is getting ready to step down after almost 48 years representing his state in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the president pro temper of the Senate, walks past the Rotunda as he discusses his life in the Senate and his Vermont roots during an Associated Press interview at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. The U.S. Senate's longest-serving Democrat, Leahy is getting ready to step down after almost 48 years representing his state in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the president pro temper of the Senate, discusses his life in the Senate and his Vermont roots during an Associated Press interview in his office at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. The U.S. Senate's longest-serving Democrat, Leahy is getting ready to step down after almost 48 years representing his state in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
AP Interview: Retiring Vermont Sen. Leahy ponders his legacy