HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (WHTM) — On Thursday, December 15, 2022, the end of the road for Pat Toomey (R) of Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate was announced. How will his work be remembered statewide?
“It has been a real honor and privilege to work with all of you,” Toomey said in his final address on the Senate floor.
Toomey, who has been with the company for 12 years, said he was most proud of his achievements in the 2017 tax cuts.
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“We had the strongest economy in my lifetime. Strong economic growth, 50 years of low unemployment, African-American unemployment at a record high,” Toomey said.
Supporters cite Toomey’s brave, though sometimes unpopular, stance he has taken on several occasions.
Christopher Nicholas of the Eagle Consulting Group said: “This is someone who took his political risks to push for gun control legislation.
What did Toomey have to say to his fellow Republicans?
“Our party can’t be attached to one man or take care of anyone. We are much bigger than that. The party is much bigger than that.”
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And to Democrats, “Keep up with the filibuster. It’s the only mechanism for enforcing a bipartisan consensus,” Toomey said.
Toomey’s critics say he was never loved by Republicans and never appreciated by Democrats.
“Pat Toomey resigns as one of Pennsylvania’s least popular elected officials,” said Brittany Clumpsey of Britt Clumpsey Communications. “He moved too far to the right. Expelled from the Republican Party and left behind a slightly left-leaning Pennsylvanian, I don’t think he ever found the success he should have, especially since he broke the seniority system.”
“Pennsylvania is a purple state.
Now 61, Toomey is happy to be spending more time with his family.
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“I will always be very grateful to the people of this great state for entrusting me with this wonderful responsibility,” Toomey concluded.
In his final speech, Toomey joked that he and his fellow Pennsylvania senator Bob Casey are almost always at odds. However, both have been praised for their bipartisanship and collaborative efforts to fill vacancies in the federal government.
In Pennsylvania, Toomey will be replaced by John Fetterman, who will elect two Democratic senators.