Kathleen Keenan

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Kathleen Keenan
Vermont House of Representatives, Franklin 3-1
In office
1989 - Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 26
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1988
Term limitsN/A
OtherUniversity of Vermont (1976); Jeanne Mance School of Nursing (1963)
Date of birthMay 07, 1940
Place of birthBurlington, VT
ProfessionRegistered Nurse
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Kathleen C. Keenan (b. May 7, 1940) is a Democratic member of the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Franklin 3-1. She was first elected to the chamber in 1988.


Keenan attended the Jeanne Mance School of Nursing in 1963. She then attended the University of Vermont for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program in 1976.

Keenan is a Registered Nurse.

Keenan served on the Hinseburg Democratic Committee from 1964 to 1968. She also served as Chair of the Hinesburg Democratic Committee during this time. She has been a member of the St. Albans City Democratic Committee since 1968.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2015
Appropriations, Ranking member


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


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Keenan 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. Franklin-3-1 has two state representatives. Incumbents Kathleen Keenan and Mike McCarthy were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Claude Bouchard and Corey Parent were unopposed in the Republican primary.[1][2][3][4] Keenan and Parent defeated Bouchard and McCarthy in the general election.[5]

Vermont House of Representatives Franklin-3-1 District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCorey Parent 33.8% 1,348
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen C. Keenan Incumbent 24.6% 981
     Democratic Mike McCarthy Incumbent 23.1% 923
     Republican Claude Bouchard 18.6% 742
Total Votes 3,994


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2012

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

Vermont House of Representatives, Franklin 3-1 District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen Keenan Incumbent 29.6% 1,662
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike McCarthy 25.3% 1,419
     Republican Casey Toof 24.9% 1,399
     Republican Stephen Trahan 20.1% 1,130
Total Votes 5,610


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2010

Keenan won re-election to the Franklin 3 District in 2010. She ran against [Jeff Young]] (D), Newell Decker (R), and Dustin Degree (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

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

Comprehensive donor information for Keenan is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Keenan raised a total of $4,692 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.[7]

Kathleen Keenan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State House, District Franklin-3-1 Won $3,242
2010 Vermont State House, District Franklin-3 Won $1,450
Grand Total Raised $4,692


Keenan won re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Keenan raised a total of $3,242.


In 2010, a year in which Keenan was up for re-election, she collected $1,450 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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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.[9] Here's how Keenan 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 N N Y Absent N N Y Y


Keenan has eight children.[10]

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