Peter Galbraith

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Peter Galbraith
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Vermont State Senate, Windham District
Former member
In office
2011 - 2015
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sHarvard College
Master'sOxford University
J.D.Georgetown University
Date of birthDecember 31, 1950
ProfessionFormer Ambassador to Croatia
Peter W. Galbraith is a former Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Windham District from 2010 to 2015. Galbraith announced on June 9, 2014, that he would not be seeking re-election in 2014.[1]


Galbraith holds an A.B. from Harvard College, M.A. from Oxford University and J.D. from Georgetown University.

Galbraith worked for the U.S. government for 24 years before taking office in Vermont. He is a former United States Ambassador to Croatia and Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. He was a senior advisor to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1979 to 1993, the Director for Political, Constitutional and Electoral Affairs at the U.N. Transitional Administration in East Timor and taught National Security Strategy at the National War College.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Natural Resources and Energy, Vice chair
Judicial Retention


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


Campaign themes


Galbraith's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Expand health care to include an affordable Vermont Public Option for all.
  • Attract investment and jobs to Windham County making use of his global experience.
  • Retire Vermont Yankee as scheduled in 2012.
  • Advance a Green Energy future through conservation, the use and local development of renewable energy, and marketing Vermont green technology.
  • Keep Vermont special by protecting our open spaces and making farming economically viable.
  • Extend cell coverage and broadband internet thoughout Windham county.
  • Make Windham County a priority in Montpelier.



See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Galbraith won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Windham District. Galbraith advanced past the August 28 Democratic primary and won re-election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Vermont State Senate, Windham District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Galbraith Incumbent 44.6% 12,339
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeanette White Incumbent 47.4% 13,123
     Liberty Union Aaron Diamondstone 8% 2,214
Total Votes 27,676


See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2010

Galbraith ran for the Windham District seat in 2010. He ran against Jeanette White, and Toby Young in the primary. He defeated Hilary Cooke (R), Lynn Corum (R), and Aaron Diamondstone (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Vermont State Senate, Windham District, General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peter Galbraith (D) 9,435
Green check mark transparent.png Jeanette White (D) 8,915
Hilary Cooke (R) 4,838
Lynn Corum (R) 3,924
Aaron Diamondstone (Socialist) 620

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Galbraith is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Galbraith raised a total of $21,279 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[5]

Peter Galbraith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State Senate, District Windham Won $2,619
2010 Vermont State Senate, District Windham Won $18,660
Grand Total Raised $21,279


Galbraith won re-election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Galbraith raised a total of $2,619.


In 2010, the year Galbraith first won election to the Senate, he collected $18,660 in donations.[6]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Alan Galbraith $5,000
Peter Galbraith $1,000
James Galbraith $1,000
Ernest Kafka $800


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

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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.[7] Here's how Galbraith voted on the selected bills:

Vermont Voters Scorecard, 2011-2012
National Popular Vote Green Mountain Care Green Mountain Care Green Mountain Care Tax Bill Free Speech Health Exchange CVPS Rebate Cloud Computing


Galbraith is the son of economist John Kenneth Galbraith. He and his wife, Tone Bringa, have two children.

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