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November 15, 2021

NAB Statement on Retirement of Patrick Leahy

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the announcement by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) that he will retire from Congress at the end of 2022, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

“It was my honor to serve with Patrick Leahy in the Senate and my good fortune to call him a friend. I even took the time recently to visit his boyhood home in Montpelier, Vermont. More importantly, during my time in the Senate, I had the privilege of traveling the world with Pat and working with him on a range of legislation, all in the interest of the nation. While leading NAB, I have been grateful for the opportunity to continue working with him in support of America’s local broadcasters. I thank Senator Leahy for his decades of service to the American public and the people of Vermont, and I wish my friend the very best in his retirement.”

In addition, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Chief Operating Officer Curtis LeGeyt, who will become the organization's president and CEO on January 1, 2022:

“As a former staffer to Senator Leahy, I witnessed firsthand his incredible dedication to ensuring a better future for the people of Vermont. Working with him instilled in me a dedication to public service that I carry with me as an advocate for radio and television broadcasting. It was a privilege to learn from one of this generation’s great legislators and public servants, and to see the important accomplishments made possible by working across party lines. I extend my warmest congratulations on this well deserved retirement.”

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