|Vermont House of Representatives, Chittenden 6-4|
|2009 - Present|
|January 7, 2015|
|Years in position||5|
|Per diem||$107/day (non-commuter) |
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
Ram earned her B.S. in Natural Resource Planning and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont in 2008. She also completed a semester of Public Law and American Politics at American University. Her affiliations include Harry S. Truman Scholar, Ronald E. McNair Scholar, and Morris K. Udall Scholar.
Ram serves as a legal advocate for victims of domestic violence in Chittenden County at Women Helping Battered Women when not performing her legislative duties. Ram has also worked as a Pre-School Teacher for Burlington Children's Space and as a member of the Policy Team for the Burlington Climate Action Plan.
Prior to entering the legislature, Ram served as President of the University of Vermont Student Government Association from 2007 to 2008.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ram served on the following committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Ways and Means|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ram served on these committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• General, Housing and Military Affairs|
|• Legislative Information Technology|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Ram served on these committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• General, Housing and Military Affairs|
|• Joint Legislative Information Technology|
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. Chittenden-6-4 has two state representatives. Incumbent Kesha Ram was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Christopher Pearson is running as a Vermont Progressive Party candidate.Both incumbents received sufficient votes to proceed to the general election, where they will be unopposed by additional competitors.
Ram won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont House of Representatives Chittenden 6-4. Ram was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Vermont House of Representatives, Chittenden 3-4 General Election (2010)|
|Kesha Ram (D)||1,345|
|Christopher Pearson (Vermont Progressive Party)||1,002|
|Peg Boyle Single (D)||720|
|Diane Gottlieb (Vermont Progressive Party)||196|
Comprehensive donor information for Ram is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Ram raised a total of $17,240 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 21, 2013.
|Kesha Ram's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Vermont State House, District Chittenden-3-4||$7,312|
|2010||Vermont State House, District Chittenden-3-4||$9,928|
|Grand Total Raised||$17,240|
2012Ram won re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ram raised a total of $7,312.
|Vermont House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Kesha Ram's campaign in 2012|
|Indian American Friendship Council||$850|
|Chebrolu, Ramakrishna & Anuradha||$500|
|Vennam, Murali & Potluri, Vinaya||$200|
|Total Raised in 2012||$7,312|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, a year in which Ram was up for re-election, she collected $9,928 in donations.
Her largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Vermont House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Kesha Ram's campaign in 2010|
|Democracy For America||$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$9,928|
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- National Federation of Independent Business in Vermont: 2013-2014 Legislative Voting Record
- Legislators are scored based on their votes on key small business issues.
- Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility: 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard
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- Vermont Conservation Voters: 2011-2012 Environmental Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on their voting records on environmental issues.
- Vermont Public Interest Research Group: 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on voting records on VPIRG-backed legislation to promote clean energy, reduce exposure to toxins, make health care more accessible and affordable and protect our democracy.
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. Here's how Ram 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|
Ram has a partner, Oliver LaFarge.
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- Kesha Ram's personal website
- Vermont State House Directory
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008
- Kesha Ram on Facebook
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election Candidate Listing," accessed June 19, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Independent Candidates and Minor Party Candidates Nominated by Party Committee," accessed June 19, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Major Party Nomination Candidate Listing," accessed June 19, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Listing," June 13, 2014
- ‘’Vermont Secretary of State’’, “2014 General Election Candidate Listing”, accessed October 11, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "Election Results Search," accessed April 23, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "Ram, Kesha," accessed September 21, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 Campaign contributors," accessed April 23, 2014
- Ethan Allen Institute, "Report Cards," accessed September 10, 2013