|Vermont Senate Addison District|
|2003 - present|
|January 7, 2015|
|Years in position||11|
|Assistant Majority Leader|
|Per diem||$107/day (non-commuter) |
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 5, 2002|
|Other||Jeanne Mance School of Nursing|
|Birthday||September 21, 1948|
|Place of birth||Quincy, MA|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Scorecards
- 6 Voting record
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Ayer earned her NR from Jeanne Mance School of Nursing in 1969. She went on to receive her B.A. in Environmental Studies.
Ayer worked as a registered nurse for Middlebury Obstetrics-Gynecology. She has worked as a director on the board for Otter Creek Natural Resources Conservation District since 1992.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ayer served on the following committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Government Operations|
|• Health and Welfare, Chair|
|• Rules, Vice-chair|
|• Health Care Oversight, Chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ayer served on these committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Government Operations, Vice-chair|
|• Health and Welfare, Chair|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Ayer served on these committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Government Operations|
|• Health and Welfare|
- 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. 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.
- See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012
Ayer won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Addison District. Ayer was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and won re-election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Vermont State Senate, Addison District, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Claire Ayer Incumbent||46.3%||12,925|
- See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2010
Ayer defeated Andrea Ochs (R), Mark Young (R), and Robert Wagner (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010. She ran for re-election to the 1st District Seat (Addison District) in 2010. She was unopposed in the primary.
|Vermont State Senate, Addison District General Election 2010|
|Claire Ayer (D)||9,520|
|Harold Giard (D)||7,369|
|Andrea Ochs (R)||4,252|
|Mark Young (R)||6,991|
|Robert Wagner (I)||1,128|
On November 4, 2008, Ayer won re-election by finishing first for the two-seat Addison District of the Vermont State Senate, receiving 15,960 votes ahead of Democrat Harold Giard (13,955) and write-ins (337).
Ayer raised $6,012 for her campaign.
|Vermont State Senate, Addison District|
|Claire Ayer (D)||15,960|
|Harold Giard (D)||13,955|
Comprehensive donor information for Ayer is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Ayer raised a total of $20,947 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.
|Claire Ayer's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Vermont State Senate, District Addison||$6,833|
|2010||Vermont State Senate, District Addison||$8,102|
|2008||Vermont State Senate, District Addison||$6,012|
|Grand Total Raised||$20,947|
2012Ayer won re-election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ayer raised a total of $6,833.
|Vermont State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Claire Ayer's campaign in 2012|
|Sinding, Monica Knorr||$300|
|Hurd, Gale S||$300|
|Vermont State Dental Society||$250|
|Contributions By Candidate||$235|
|Total Raised in 2012||$6,833|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Ayer received $8,102 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Vermont State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Claire Ayer's campaign in 2010|
|Vermont Association Of Realtors||$400|
|Patient Choices Vermont Victory Fund||$350|
|Vermont State Dental Society||$300|
|Association Of Vermont Credit Unions||$300|
|Total Raised in 2010||$8,102|
Ayer raised $6,012 for the 2008 election, with most of it ($4,962) from unitemized contributions.
Her major contributors are listed below.
|Vermont Troopers Foundation||$200|
|Sue and Charlie Grigg||$200|
|James Maroney, Jr.||$200|
Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.
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- National Federation of Independent Business in Vermont: 2013-2014 Legislative Voting Record
- Legislators are scored based on their votes on key small business issues.
- Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility: 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on whether or not their votes aligned with VBSR’s stance on each policy.
- Vermont Conservation Voters: 2011-2012 Environmental Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on their voting records on environmental issues.
- Vermont Public Interest Research Group: 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on voting records on VPIRG-backed legislation to promote clean energy, reduce exposure to toxins, make health care more accessible and affordable and protect our democracy.
The Ethan Allen Institute, a Vermont-based free-market public policy research and education organization, released its biennial publication, the Vermont Voters' Report Card, for the years 2011-2012. The report showed how Vermont legislators in the state House and state Senate voted on key issues important to the Institute. Here's how Ayer voted on the selected bills:
|Vermont Voters Scorecard, 2011-2012|
|National Popular Vote||Green Mountain Care||Green Mountain Care||Green Mountain Care||Tax Bill||Free Speech||Health Exchange||CVPS Rebate||Cloud Computing|
Ayer and her husband Alan have three children.
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- Biography from the Vermont Secretary of State website
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- List of Vermont Senators
- Claire Ayer on LinkedIn
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Listing," June 13, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State’’, “2014 General Election Candidate Listing”, accessed October 11, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "Election Results Search," accessed April 22, 2014
- Vermont State Senate official 2008 election results
- Follow the Money's report on Ayer's 2008 campaign contributions
- followthemoney.org, "Ayer, Claire," accessed September 19, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Follow the Money, "Campaign contributors for Claire Ayer," accessed April 22, 2014
- Ethan Allen Institute, "Report Cards," accessed September 10, 2013