Christopher Bray

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Christopher Bray
Vermont State Senate Addison District
In office
January 9, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Vermont House of Representatives Addison 5
Office website
Christopher A. Bray is a member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Addison District. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

He previously served in the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Addison-5 from 2007 to 2010.


Bray earned his B.A. in Zoology and his M.A. in English from the University of Vermont. He later attended the Bread Loaf Writers Program at Middlebury College.

Bray has worked as an English Professor for the University of Vermont. He has also been the founder and owner of Common Ground Communications. Bray has also worked as a farmer.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Bray served on the following committees:

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2015
Government Operations
Natural Resources and Energy, Chair
Judicial Rules
Joint Energy
Legislative Information Technology, Chair


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Bray served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Bray's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

I want to work with you, serving in the Vermont Senate, to apply this balanced approach to solving the major challenges we face as a state:

  • to develop a more prosperous local economy
  • to ensure that all Vermonters have access to healthy, wholesome food
  • to offer an affordable, high-quality education throughout life
  • to provide every Vermonter access to affordable health care
  • to develop an affordable and responsible energy future



See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Vermont State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 12, 2014. Addison has two state senators. Incumbents Claire Ayer and Christopher Bray were unopposed in the Democratic primary, and are unchallenged in the general election.[1] After facing no opposition in the Democratic primary, both incumbents will go equally unchallenged in the general election with no other candidates on the ballot.[2]


See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Bray won election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Addison District. Bray was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and won election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Vermont State Senate, Addison District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngClaire Ayer Incumbent 46.3% 12,925
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Bray 35.5% 9,904
     Independent Robert Wagner 18.1% 5,059
Total Votes 27,888


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2010

Bray did not run for re-election to the Addison 5 District in 2010.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bray is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Bray raised a total of $18,388 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[4]

Christopher Bray's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State Senate, District Addison Won $14,888
2008 Vermont State Senate, District Addison Won $3,500
Grand Total Raised $18,388


Bray won re-election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Bray raised a total of $14,888.


Bray raised $3,500 for the 2008 election.

His major contributors are listed below.[5]

Donor Amount
James Maroney, Jr. $500
Charles & Susan Grigg $500


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In 2013, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 9 to May 14. In 2014, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 7 to May 10.

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Bray and his partner, Kathy, have two children.

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