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Patsy French
Vermont House of Representatives, Orange-Washington-Addison
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 12
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sElementary Education, University of Vermont (1972)
Date of birthRandolph, VT
Place of birthAugust 22, 1949
ProfessionRental Property Co-Owner/Manager
Office website
Personal website
Patsy T. French (b. August 22, 1949) is a Democratic member of the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Orange-Washington-Addison. She was first elected to the chamber in 2002.


French earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Vermont in 1972.

French was a teacher for Milton School District from 1972 to 1978. She then taught at the Randolph School District from 1978 to 1980. From 1980 to 1998, she was a Chapter 1 Tutor for the Randolph School District. She has also been the co-owner/manager of rental property since 1972.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2015
Human Services
Administrative Rules


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


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, French 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. Incumbents Patsy French and Marjorie Ryerson were unopposed in the Democratic primary.[1] French and Ryerson defeated Republican Charles Russell in the general election.[2]

Vermont House of Representatives Orange-Washington-Addison District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatsy French Incumbent 37% 1,567
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarjorie Ryerson Incumbent 34.4% 1,459
     Republican Charles Russell 28.6% 1,212
Total Votes 4,238


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2012

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


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2010

Patsy French ran for re-election to the Orange-Addison 1 District in 2010. She ran against Larry Townsend (D), James Sault (R), and Stewart Skrill (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010. French won one of two available seats in the district.[3]

Vermont House of Representatives, Orange-Addison 1 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Patsy French (D) 1,753
Green check mark transparent.png Larry Townsend (D) 1,567
James Sault (R) 1,275
Stewart Skrill (R) 869

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for French is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, French raised a total of $4,959 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.[4]

Patsy French's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State House, District Orange-Washington-Addison Won $2,494
2010 Vermont State House, District Orange-Addison-1 Won $2,465
Grand Total Raised $4,959


French won re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, French raised a total of $2,494.
Vermont House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Patsy French's campaign in 2012
Total Raised in 2012$2,494
Source: Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which French was up for election, she collected $2,465 in donations.[5]


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Vermont

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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.[6] Here's how French 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


French and her husband, Patrick, have two children.[7]

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