Coveted ‘Candy Desk’ Remains in Toomey’s Hands

Pennsylvania Republican is responsible to provide floor snacks again

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey is the candy desk occupant. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey is the candy desk occupant. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted January 5, 2017 at 2:15pm

The coveted Senate “candy desk” has been assigned again to Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey.

The tradition began in 1965 with former GOP Sen. George Murphy of California, who kept a supply of candy in his desk on the Senate floor. Currently, the senator with the desk in the back row on the Republican side, on the aisle and next to the most-used door in the chamber, is responsible for keeping a drawer full of candy.

Toomey had the desk in the 114th Congress and will keep the important responsibility for another Congress. 

Senators fill it with candy from their home state, and for Toomey, that’s not hard to do.

“Pennsylvania is home to more than 200 confectioners employing 10,000 people,” the senator said in a news release.

“I am told that senators implored Cloakroom and floor staff to make sure Pennsylvania maintained the desk because — as we all know — our candy is the best,” Toomey said.

During Senate votes, lawmakers aren’t shy about taking a treat from the desk. A few have even been spotted lingering there and taking several pieces.

Toomey listed off some Pennsylvania candy companies, including Hershey’s, Mars, Asher’s and Just Born, which makes Peeps.

“One senior Republican senator, who shall remain nameless, makes a special request for Gertrude Hawk candies from Dunmore,” he said.