U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, currently the longest-service senator in Washington, is going to seek an eighth term in the 2016 election.
Leahy, a Democrat, was first elected to the Senate in 1974. He's been re-elected six times.
Leahy's campaign staff says he's actively raising money for the 2016 election.
Leahy's Campaign Manager Carolyn Dwyer says Leahy, who will turn 75 next month, is eager to run.
Dwyer tells Vermont Public Radio the campaign is actively fundraising now because it wants to have enough money in case Leahy is targeted for defeat by some national conservative organizations.
Dwyer says a formal announcement of Leahy's plans will be made at some point in the future.