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Monday August 27, 2012

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy and his wife, Marcelle, marked their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday.

Leahy and the former Marcelle Pomerleau were married Aug. 25, 1962 at St. Mark's Church in Burlington.

At the time, he was a law student at Georgetown University in Washington and she had just graduated from the nursing school at the former DeGoesbriand Hospital in Burlington.

They spent part of their honeymoon at what Leahy still refers to as "the farm" in Middlesex where they live when they aren't in Washington.

Marcelle Leahy frequently accompanies her husband to political events.

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"We hate it when we're apart from one another," Leahy said.

The Leahys celebrated their golden anniversary in the week leading up to the date. Their three children and grandchildren visited and they spent time at Jay Peak.

Leahy, who's been in the Senate for 37 years, said his wife and family remain the most important things in his life.

Now that their children are grown, he and Marcelle have more time to travel together, he said.

A number of senators have celebrated 50-year wedding anniversaries in office, but Leahy said that he, at 72, is the youngest.


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