Yes, just like in many offices across the country, in the U.S. Senate, one person is tasked with keeping a drawer stuffed full of candy to share with their colleagues — a tradition started by Sen. George Murphy of California.
That desk, the 24th in the U.S. Senate, has been occupied by Toomey since January when he moved desks as the new Republican Senate majority was installed.
The senator with the candy drawer stocks it with sweets manufactured in their home state, so Toomey’s got plenty of choices.
"The Candy Desk duty is Mounds of responsibility," Toomey said in a statement announcing his arrival at the 24th Senate desk. "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.”
The drawer includes Hershey’s chocolates, Mars chocolates like Three Musketeers (manufactured in Elizabethtown), Just Born’s “Peeps” from Bethlehem, and smaller candy makers including Asher's in Kulpsville, Wilbur Chocolate in Lititz, and Josh Early Chocolates in the Lehigh Valley.
In total, there are 200 confectioners employing 10,000 statewide, according to Toomey.
The “Candy Desk” was previously held by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum for more than 10 years, so it has returned to its "rightful place," Toomey's office said in a release.