Patrick Joseph Toomey Jr. is an American businessman and politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Pennsylvania since 2011. A member of the Republican Party, he served three terms as the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district, from 1999 to 2005. Honoring a pledge he had made while running for office in 1998, he did not seek a fourth term.
Toomey graduated from Harvard College. A former Wall Street banker,Early life and education Toomey narrowly lost the Republican primary for United States Senate in 2004. From 2005 to 2009, he served as president of the Club for Growth. Toomey won the Republican primary for the 2010 U.S. Senate election in Pennsylvania, and was elected to the seat after defeating the Democratic nominee, former U.S. Navy Three-star admiral and Congressman Joe Sestak, in the general election. He was reelected to the Senate in 2016, defeating Democratic nominee Katie McGinty.
On October 5, 2020, Toomey announced that he would not run for reelection to a third term in 2022 or for governor. On February 13, 2021, Toomey was one of seven Republican senators to vote to convict Donald Trump of incitement of insurrection in his second impeachment trial.
Early life and education
Patrick Joseph Toomey, Jr., was born on November 17, 1961, in Providence, Rhode Island, the third of six children of Catholic parents, Mary Ann (née Andrews) of East Providence and Patrick Joseph Toomey of Providence. His father was a union worker who laid cable for the Narragansett Electric Company, and his mother worked as a part-time secretary at St. Martha's Catholic Church.
Toomey was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and attained the organization's highest rank, Eagle Scout. His father was of Irish descent and his mother of Portuguese ancestry. His mother's grandparents were all born in the Azores.
Toomey attended La Salle Academy on scholarship participating in the Close Up Washington civic education program. He graduated as valedictorian of his high school class. He graduated from Harvard College in 1984 with an A.B. in government.
After graduation, Toomey was hired by Chemical Bank where he was involved in currency swap transactions. In 1986, he was hired by Morgan, Grenfell & Co., where he dealt in multiple foreign currencies, interest rates, and currency-related derivatives.
In 1991, Toomey resigned from Morgan, Grenfell after it was acquired by Deutsche Bank. He later said he resigned out of concern that Deutsche Bank would impose a less flexible and entrepreneurial work environment. The same year, Toomey and two younger brothers, Steven and Michael opened Rookie's Restaurant in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
In 1994, Toomey was elected to Allentown's newly established Government Study Commission. During his term, he drafted a new charter for the commission requiring a supermajority for any tax increase. Allentown voters approved the charter on April 23, 1996.