Doug Hoffer

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Doug Hoffer
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Vermont State Auditor
In office
January 10, 2013 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 2
PredecessorThomas Salmon (R)
Base salary$95,139
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Campaign $$97,051
Term limitsNone
Bachelor'sWilliams College
J.D.SUNY Buffalo Law School
ProfessionPolicy analyst
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Doug Hoffer is the current Democratic State Auditor of Vermont. He was first elected to the statewide office on November 6, 2012, and sworn in on January 10, 2013.[1][2]

Hoffer ran for re-election as Vermont State Auditor in the 2014 elections.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014. Doug Hoffer won the general election on November 4, 2014, without opposition.


Prior to becoming state auditor, Hoffer was a self-employed policy analyst. He originally came to Vermont in 1988 to work for the City of Burlington in the Community and Economic Development Office, which he left in 1993.[4]


  • B.A., Williams College
  • J.D., SUNY Buffalo Law School

Political career

Vermont Auditor (2013-present)

Hoffer was elected to succeed Thomas Salmon as Auditor of Vermont on November 6, 2012. He assumed office on January 10, 2013.



See also: Vermont down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Hoffer ran for re-election as Vermont Auditor in 2014. Hoffer won the Democratic nomination in the unopposed primary on August 26.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014. Doug Hoffer won the general election on November 4, 2014, without opposition.


See also: Vermont down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Hoffer was elected Vermont Auditor in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2] He ran unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and also picked up the Progressive Party line. He defeated Vince Illuzzi (Republican and Working Families Party) and Jerry Levy (Liberty Union Party) in the general election.[5][6]

Vermont State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Hoffer 51.3% 140,805
     Republican Vince Illuzzi 45.1% 123,806
     Liberty Union Jerry Levy 3.4% 9,381
     Independent Write-in 0.1% 276
Total Votes 274,268
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.

Issue positions

On his campaign website, Hoffer outlined his three main goals for the office of state auditor:[7]

  • Greater Transparency
    • "Taxpayers have a right to audit the Auditor. I will post the office budget online, including a list of all outside contractors along with the contracts."
    • "I will provide summaries of all audits and reviews in plain language."
  • More Accountability:
    • "It is not enough to conduct audits and reviews. We must track audit recommendations over time to ensure that state government makes the changes necessary to improve compliance and internal controls."
    • "It is essential to estimate the costs of all discretionary audits and reviews in order to determine if the benefits outweigh the costs."
  • Better Use of Resources:
    • "Increase output by conducting audits and reviews in shorter time frames by avoiding scope creep."
    • "Review all service contracts to determine if the use of outside contractors is the best way to get the work done."
    • "As an experienced analyst, I plan to be a hands-on auditor and participate in the day-to-day work of the office."


On November 2, 2010, Thomas M. Salmon won re-election to the office of Vermont Auditor of Accounts. He defeated Doug Hoffer (D) and Jerry Levy (Liberty Union) in the general election.

Vermont Auditor of Accounts, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.png Thomas M. Salmon Incumbent 52% 120,237
     Democratic Doug Hoffer 45.4% 105,081
     Liberty Union Jerry Levy 2.5% 5,736
     Write-In Various 0.1% 167
Total Votes 231,221
Election Results Via: Vermont Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hoffer is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Hoffer raised a total of $97,051 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[8]

Doug Hoffer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont Auditor Won $55,670
2010 Vermont Auditor Defeated $41,381
Grand Total Raised $97,051


Hoffer won election to the position of Vermont State Auditor in 2012. During that election cycle, Hoffer raised a total of $55,670.

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Preceded by
Thomas Salmon (R)
Vermont Auditor
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