|Vermont Senate Addison District|
|2003 - present|
|January 7, 2015|
|Years in position||11|
|Assistant Majority Leader|
|Per diem||$162/day (non-commuter) |
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 5, 2002|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Other||Jeanne Mance School of Nursing|
|Birthday||September 21, 1948|
|Place of birth||Quincy, MA|
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, 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|
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
- http://www.leg.state.vt.us/legdir/districts.cfm?Body=S&Session=2014 List of Vermont Senators]
- Claire Ayer on LinkedIn
- Official primary candidate list
- General Election 2010 Official Results
- 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
- Campaign contributors for Claire Ayer
- Ethan Allen Institute "Report Cards," accessed September 10, 2013