Dustin Degree

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Dustin Degree
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Vermont State Senate, Franklin District
In office
January 7, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Vermont House of Representatives, Franklin 3
2011 - 2013
High schoolBellows Free Academy, St. Albans, 2003
Office website
Campaign website
Dustin Degree is a Republican member of the Vermont State Senate, representing Franklin District. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.[1]

Degree served in the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Franklin-3 from 2011 to 2013.

Degree served as an aide to Governor Jim Douglas from 2008-2010. He reported on Vermont for MTV's "Choose or Lose" coverage of the 2008 presidential election. He is a graduate of Bellows Free Academy.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2015
Education, Clerk


Campaign themes


A press release announcing Degree's candidacy for the state senate said: "If elected, Degree promised to focus on job creation, responsible economic development and property tax relief, as well as continuing his work in the State House to fight prescription drug abuse."[2]



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. Franklin has two state senators. William Alan Roberts and Sara Branon Kittell were unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Norman McAllister and Dustin Degree were unopposed in the Republican primary. Michael Malone ran as an Independent candidate.[3][4][5][1] Degree and McAllister defeated Roberts, Kittell and Malone in the general election.[6]

Vermont State Senate Franklin District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDustin Allard Degree 29.7% 6,862
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNorman McAllister Incumbent 28.3% 6,554
     Democratic Sara Branon Kittell 21.5% 4,972
     Independent William Alan Roberts 17% 3,925
Total Votes 23,136


See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Degree ran for election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Franklin District. He advanced past the August 28 Republican primary and was defeated in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.

Vermont State Senate, Franklin District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNorman McAllister 42.8% 1,244
Green check mark transparent.pngDustin Degree 42.5% 1,236
Joe Sinagra 14.6% 425
Total Votes 2,905


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2010

Dustin Degree ran for the Vermont House of Representatives Franklin 3 in 2010. He ran against Newell Decker in the Republican primary on August 24, 2010. He won election, defeating Newell Decker (R) and Jeff Young (D) in the November 2, 2010 general election.

Vermont House of Representatives, Franklin 3 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kathleen Keenan (D) 1,025
Green check mark transparent.png Dustin Degree (R) 968
Jeff Young (D) 725
Newell Decker (R) 686

Campaign donors


In 2010, when Degree first won election to the House, he collected $3,795 in donations.[7]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Franklin County GOP $1,000
Tayt Brooks $300
Ryan O'Grady $295
Aaron O'Grady $275


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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.[8] Here's how Degree 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


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Dustin Degree endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [9]


Degree is not married. He serves on the St. Albans City Development Review Board and the Board of Directors of the St. Ablans Amateur Skating Association.

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