Donna Sweaney

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Donna Sweaney
Vermont House of Representatives, Windsor 1
In office
1997 - Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 18
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1996
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sYoungstown State University, 1966
Master'sUniversity of Hartford, 1974
Date of birthJune 18, 1943
Place of birthSteubenville, Ohio
ProfessionSchool Counselor/Teacher
Office website
Donna G. Sweaney (b. June 18, 1943) is a Democratic member of the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Windsor-1. She was first elected to the chamber in 1996.


Sweaney earned her B.A. from Youngstown State University in 1966. She went on to receive her MEd from the University of Hartford in 1974.

Sweeney is a School Counselor and Elementary School Teacher.

Sweaney served as Chair of the Windsor Select Board from 1986 to 1987.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2015
Government Operations, Chair


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


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sweaney served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sweaney served on these committees:



See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Vermont House of Representatives 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. Windsor-1 has two state representatives. Incumbents John Bartholomew and Donna Sweaney were unopposed in the Democratic primary.[1] Both incumbents were unchallenged in the general election.[2]


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sweaney won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont House of Representatives Windsor 1. Sweaney was unopposed in the August 28 Republican primary and won re-election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Vermont House of Representatives, Windsor 1 District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Bartholomew Incumbent 38.2% 2,384
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Sweaney Incumbent 38.5% 2,402
     Republican Ryan Palmer 23.2% 1,448
Total Votes 6,234


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sweaney ran for re-election to the Windsor 3 District in 2010. She ran unopposed in the primary election and in the general election on November 2, 2010.[3]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sweaney is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Sweaney raised a total of $1,980 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 24, 2013.[4]

Donna Sweaney's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State House, District Windsor-1 Won $1,280
2010 Vermont State House, District Windsor-3 Won $700
Grand Total Raised $1,980


Sweaney won re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Sweaney raised a total of $1,280.


In 2010, a year in which Sweaney was up for election, she collected $700 in donations.[5]


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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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In 2011, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 5 through mid May. In 2012, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 3 to May 5.

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Voting record


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.[6] Here's how Sweaney voted on the selected bills:

Vermont Voters Scorecard, 2011-2012
Health Provider Tax Green Mountain Care Education Taxation Green Mountain Care Property Rate Tax Health Exchange Green Mountain Care Renewable Portfolio CVPS Rebate


Sweaney has a husband, William Balllantyne.

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