WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) will once again have the sweetest seat in the Senate. In the 115th Congress, Toomey has been assigned and has the responsibility of stocking the Senate's coveted "Candy Desk."
According to the Secretary of the Senate, in every Congress since 1965, the Candy Desk has been located in the back row of the Republican side, on the aisle and adjacent to the Chamber's most heavily used entrance.
"Pennsylvania is home to more than 200 confectioners employing 10,000 people," said Sen. Toomey. "I know my colleagues on both sides of the aisle are delighted the Candy Desk will be filled with the Keystone State's best treats. In fact, I am told that Senators implored cloak room and floor staff to make sure Pennsylvania maintained the desk, because -- as we all know -- our candy is the best.
"My fellow Senators are going to need Pennsylvania's finest chocolates to make it through the many, many votes in the coming weeks. I hope they will set partisanship aside and join me at my desk for some candy.
"Our state is home to the best confectioners in the world. Hershey's, of course, is headquartered in Central Pennsylvania. Mars makes Three Musketeers in Elizabethtown. Asher's is based in Kulpsville. Just Born creates Peeps in Bethlehem. One senior Republican senator, who shall remain nameless, makes a special request for Gertrude Hawk candies from Dunmore. And there are so many more. I am proud to spotlight the best of Pennsylvania in the Candy Desk."