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Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy recovering after hip replacement surgery

FILE: US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) speaks during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing with FBI Director Christopher Wray on the fiscal year 2023 budget for the FBI, at US Capitol in Washington, DC, on May 25, 2022. BONNIE CASH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Longtime Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont had a "successful" hip replacement surgery Thursday afternoon after breaking it a day earlier, his office said in a statement.

The 82-year-old Democrat is "comfortably recovering" at a hospital in the Washington, D.C., area, the statement read. He will begin physical therapy after "sufficient healing."

Leahy fell and broke his hip at his home in McLean, Virginia, Wednesday night, an earlier statement from his office said. Doctors determined the best course of action would be to have surgery to repair the hip as soon as possible.

Leahy, who was born blind in one eye, "has had a lifelong struggle with reduced depth perception," the statement said. "He has taken some remarkable dingers over the years, but this one finally caught up with him."

Leahy is the longest-serving sitting senator. He announced in November that he will not seek reelection this fall. By the time his term expires in January 2023, he will have served for 48 years in the Senate.

The Vermont senator is the last of the so-called Watergate babies, the surge of congressional Democrats elected in 1974 after President Richard Nixon resigned to avoid impeachment.

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