Toomey assigned 'Candy Desk' in Senate

David Weissman

U.S. Senators craving a sugary treat will need to befriend Sen. Pat Toomey, who has once again been assigned the unofficial "Candy Desk."

The Pennsylvania Republican, set to begin his second term, will sit on the Senate's back row of the GOP side nearest the chamber's most heavily used entrance, according to a news release from his office.

Sen. Pat Toomey set up snack offerings from Pennsylvania outside his office in Washington D.C. He will also be charged with stocking his Senate seat with candy. submitted

That seat has served as the "Candy Desk," with its occupant expected to stock it with sweets, since 1965, according to the Secretary of Senate. Past occupants have included Rick Santorum, R-Pa., Slade Gorton, R-Wash., and John McCain, R-Ariz.

"The Candy Desk duty is Mounds of responsibility," Toomey said in the release. "I campaigned for this assignment on the platform of life, liberty and the pursuit of Peeps and hope Pennsylvania's treats will sweeten the bitter partisan atmosphere."

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Toomey maintains the seat from his previous term and said he was told fellow senators urged staff to keep a Pennsylvania representative at the desk because the state has the best candy.

Toomey said he will stock the desk with Hershey's products, Three Musketeers from Elizabethtown, Peeps from Bethlehem and Gertrude Hawk candies from Dunmore.

“My fellow Senators are going to need Pennsylvania’s finest chocolates to make it through the many, many votes in the coming weeks," he said in the release. "I hope they will set partisanship aside and join me at my desk for some candy.