James Masland

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James Masland
Vermont House of Representatives, Windsor-Orange 2
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 15
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
James W. Masland (b. December 7, 1948) is a Democratic member of the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Windsor-Orange-2. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998.


Masland earned his B.A. and MS from Stanford University in 1972.

Masland was the Director of Upper Valley School-to-Work from 1996 to 2000. He also worked as Regional Coordinator for the Upper Valley Commerce and Education Alliance during this time. He has been self-employed as the owner of a Builder/General Contractor Business since 1974. He has also owned Masland Construction since 1975. Masland has worked for the Upper Valley Commerce and Education Alliance as Director since 2000. From 2001 to the present, he has been the self-employed owner of a Workforce Development Consultant Business. He has also been the Coordinator of the Upper Valley Workforce Investment Board since 2002. He has worked as the Site Supervisor of the Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity since 2006 as well.

Masland served on the Select Board of Thetford from 1986 to 1999.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Masland served on the following committees:

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Ways and Means


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


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



See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Vermont House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 26, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 12, 2014. Windsor-Orange-2 has two state representatives. Incumbent James Masland and Tim Briglin defeated Jill Michaels and Irv Thome in the Democratic primary. John Freitag is running as an Independent candidate.[1][2][3][4] Briglin and Masland will now face Freitag in the general election, where the three will vie for the district's two seats.[5]

Vermont House of Representatives, Windsor-Orange-2 District Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Briglin 36% 1,176
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Masland Incumbent 33.5% 1,094
Irv Thorne 18.4% 601
Jill Michaels 12.1% 397
Total Votes 3,268


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2012

Masland won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont House of Representatives Windsor-Orange 2. Masland was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2010

Masland ran for re-election to the Windsor-Orange 2 District in 2010. He and Margaret Cheney (D) both won re-election in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Vermont House of Representatives, Windsor-Orange 2 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Masland (D) 3,025
Green check mark transparent.png Margaret Cheney (D) 3,022

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Masland is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Masland raised a total of $0 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 24, 2013.[7]

James Masland's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State House, District Windsor-Orange-2 Won $0
2010 Vermont State House, District Windsor-Orange-2 Won $0
Grand Total Raised $0


Masland won re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Masland raised a total of $0.
Vermont House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Masland's campaign in 2012
Total Raised in 2012$0
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which Masland was up for election, he did not collect any money in donations.[8]


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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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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.[9] Here's how Masland 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
N Absent N Y Y N N Y N


Masland and his wife, Suzanne, have seven children.

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