Brattleboro Reformer: The eye of a Senator

BRATTLEBORO — Sen. Patrick Leahy said he was a little nervous the first time he brought his camera into the U.S. Capitol.

Leahy was Vermont’s junior senator back in the early 1980s when he noticed Sen. Howard Baker taking photos of the historic events that were unfolding in Congress.

Baker, a Republican from Tennessee who was majority leader at the time, told the young senator from Vermont that if he wanted to bring in his own camera he should go ahead.

Leahy’s shutter has been snapping ever since.

“I was shy at first, but now I’m not,” said Leahy, who is now one of the most senior members of the Senate. “Nobody seems to mind.”

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