“The longtime lawmaker 82, is the most senior Democratic senator and longest-serving sitting senator will retire at the end of the year after eight terms in the upper chamber,” the Daily Mail noted.

“He is currently third in the line of presidential succession as the Senate president pro tempore. He is also ending his career as the chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee,” it added.

Leahy’s health issues come as Vermont also prepares to choose a new senator, with a strong battle between Democrats and Republicans.