Paul Poirier

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Paul Poirier
Vermont House of Representatives, Washington 3
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 5
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolSaint Dominic's High School, 1966
Bachelor'sNorwich University, 1970
Master'sNorwich University, 1973
BirthdaySeptember 30, 1948
Place of birthLewiston, Maine
ProfessionManager of Community Relations, Green Mountain Power
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Paul N. Poirier (b. September 30, 1948) is an Independent member of the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Washington-3. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Poirier served as Assistant House Leader in the Vermont State House of Representatives from 1983 to 1984, as Minority Leader from 1985 to 1986, and as Majority Leader from 1987 to 1988.


Poirier earned his B.S. from Norwich University in 1970. He went on to receive his MEd in History/Government from Norwich in 1974.

Poirier is the Manager of Community Relations for Green Mountain Power. He has served on the Barre City Council since 1990.

Committee assignments


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

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Health Care


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Poirier 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. Washington-3 has two state representatives. Incumbent Tommy Walz was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Kristin Sohlstrom and John Santorello were unopposed in the Republican primary. Incumbent Paul Poirier is running as an Independent candidate.[1][2][3][4] While both incumbents were unchallenged in their primaries, they will face both Republican challengers in the general election.[5]


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2012

Poirier is running for re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont House of Representatives Washington 3. Poirier won re-election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Vermont House of Representatives, Washington 3 District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTess Taylor Incumbent 36.3% 1,696
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Poirier Incumbent 38.1% 1,778
     Republican John Santorello 25.5% 1,192
Total Votes 4,666


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2010

Poirier ran for re-election to the Washington 3-1 District in 2010. He defeated Leo Valliere (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Vermont House of Representatives, Washington 3-1 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Poirier (I) 696
Leo Valliere (D) 641

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Poirier is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Poirier raised a total of $13,063 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 24, 2013.[7]

Paul Poirier's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State House, District Washington-3 Won $5,313
2010 Vermont State House, District Washington-3-1 Won $7,750
Grand Total Raised $13,063


Poirier won re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Poirier raised a total of $5,313.
Vermont House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Poirier's campaign in 2012
Poirier, Jeffrey$485
Andrade, Richard$475
Lauzon, Thomas J$250
Nicom Coatings$250
Lauzon, Karen$250
Total Raised in 2012$5,313
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which Poirier was up for election, he collected $7,750 in donations.[8]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Vermont House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Poirier's campaign in 2010
Poirier, Paul$800
Family Equality$500
Vermont Political Awareness Campaign$500
State Police$200
Total Raised in 2010 $7,750


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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 Poirier 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


Poirier and his wife, Lesley Ann McLeod, have two children.

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