Phillip Scott

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Phillip Scott
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
In office
January 6, 2011 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 4
PredecessorBrian Dubie (R)
Base salary$61,776
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$473,474
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Vermont State Senate
2001 - 2010
High schoolSpaulding High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Vermont (1980)
Date of birthAugust 4, 1958
Place of birthBarre, Vermont
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Phil Scott (b. August 4, 1958 in Barre, Vermont) is the 79th and current Lieutenant Governor of Vermont. A Republican, he has served in this position since 2011. Scott serves alongside Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, making Vermont one of the few states to have a governor and lieutenant governor of different parties.[1]

As lieutenant governor, Scott started the "Vermont Everyday Jobs" initiative to promote state businesses and highlight local workers. Under the initiative, Scott works a few hours several times a month in different local jobs.[2]

Scott was a member of the Vermont State Senate from 2001 until 2010, representing Washington County.[3]

Scott ran for re-election as Vermont Lieutenant Governor in 2014.[4] Phillip Scott won the general election on November 4, 2014.


Scott was born in Barre, Vermont. He graduated from Spaulding High School and the University of Vermont. He is a small business owner, community leader, and stock car driver. He is co-owner of DuBois Construction, and in 2004 founded a program called Wheels for Warmth, in which Vermont residents donate tires they no longer need. Any tires that meet the state standards for inspection are re-sold with the proceeds going to heating fuel assistance programs; all other tires are recycled.[1]


  • Spaulding High School
  • B.S., University of Vermont (1980)

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of Vermont (2011 - Present)

Scott was first elected to the office of lieutenant governor in 2010. In that role, he presides over the Vermont State Senate and casts the tie-breaking vote in the Senate when necessary. As lieutenant governor, Scott has reached out to the business community through his "Vermont Everyday Jobs" initiative, through which he travels to various parts of the state and works part of a day doing someone else's job.[1]

Vermont State Senate (2001 - 2010)

While a member of the Vermont State Senate, Scott served on the following committees:



See also: Vermont Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Scott ran for re-election as Vermont Lieutenant Governor in 2014.[4] Scott won the Republican nomination in the unopposed primary on August 26. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

In April 2013, Scott stated, “Right now I’m not thinking about running (for governor) in 2014, or 16, or 18. I’m just happy being lieutenant governor at this point, and as long as I continue to have a positive effect I’ll continue to be in this position.”[5]


General election
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Scott Incumbent 62.1% 118,949
     Progressive Dean Corren 36% 69,005
     Liberty Union Marina Brown 1.7% 3,347
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 115
Total Votes 191,416
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.

Race background

The absence of a Democratic candidate in this race, coupled with Vermont's current leftward lean, meant that the third-party candidates running for Vermont Lieutenant Governor, Dean Corren of the Vermont Progressive Party and Democratic Party and Marina Brown of the Liberty Union Party, had a better chance than usual of winning a statewide office.

Campaign finance and spending

Dean Corren was initially thought to have a financial advantage because he qualified for public funding, according to Ballot Access News.[6] The requirements to receive public funding in Vermont are strict and Corren was the only candidate to qualify since 2004. In the event, however, Corren was limited by the $200,000 cap on public spending, while incumbent Republican Phil Scott outspent him, amassing $233,347.53 in expenditures by November 3, 2014.[7]

Corren's campaign had reported $38,496 in media purchases by mid-October, compared to no media purchases for Scott. The Vermont Progressive candidate used that money to purchase radio and TV spots along with billboards.[8]


Corren earned endorsements from Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), Rep. Peter Welch (D) and Gov. Peter Shumlin (D). Scott received endorsements from state legislators including Richard Mazza (D) and Richard Sears (D).[9]


See also: Vermont lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Scott won re-election as Lieutenant Governor of Vermont in 2012. He ran unopposed in the primary election on August 28th[3] and defeated Cassandra Gekas (D) and Ben Mitchell (Liberty Union) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[10][11]

Lieutenant Governor of Vermont General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhillip Scott Incumbent 57.1% 162,787
     Democratic Cassandra Gekas 40.4% 115,015
     Liberty Union Ben Mitchell 2.4% 6,975
     Independent Write-in 0.1% 257
Total Votes 285,034
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.


Scott's 2012 re-election campaign was endorsed by the Vermont National Education Association, the state's largest union.[12]


See also: Vermont lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Scott did not run for re-election to the Vermont State Senate in 2010. He ran successfully for lieutenant governor. He defeated Mark Snelling in the August 24 primary by a margin of 55.99% to 43.64% and went on to defeat Steven Howard (D), Boots Wardinski (WF), Marjorie Power (Vermont Progressive) and Peter Garritano (Vermont Independence Day/Second Vermont Republic) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Scott 49.4% 116,198
     Democratic Steve Howard 42.4% 99,843
     Independent Peter Garritano 3.7% 8,627
     Progressive Marjorie Power 3.5% 8,287
     Liberty Union Boots Wardinski 0.9% 2,228
     Write-In Various 0.1% 147
Total Votes 235,330
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State


On November 4, 2008, Scott won re-election by finishing first for the three-seat Washington District of the Vermont State Senate, receiving 15,763 votes ahead of Democrat Ann Cummings (15,291), Republican William E. Doyle (15,089), Democrats Kimberley Cheney (11,637) and Laura Moore (10,847), Republican John Gilligan (5,660), Progressive John Block (3,489), Libertarian Dwight Duke (1,126), and write-ins (53).[13]

Scott raised $18,018 for his campaign, against $7,002 by Cummings, $16,437 by Doyle, $5,940 by Cheney, $26,444 by Moore, and $1,655 by Bloch.[14]

Vermont State Senate, Washington District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Phillip Scott (R) 15,763
Green check mark transparent.png Ann Cummings (D) 15,291
Green check mark transparent.png William Doyle (R) 15,089
Kimberley Cheney (D) 11,637
Laura Moore (D) 10,847
John Gilligan (R) 5,660
John Bloch (P) 3,489
Dwight Duke (L) 1,126
Write-ins 53

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Scott is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Scott raised a total of $473,474 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 8, 2013.[15]

Phillip Scott's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 VT Lieutenant Governor Won $190,564
2010 VT Lieutenant Governor Won $185,043
2008 VT State Senate Won $18,018
2006 VT State Senate Won $16,226
2004 VT State Senate Won $20,097
2002 VT State Senate Won $13,289
2000 VT State Senate Won $30,237
Grand Total Raised $473,474


Scott won re-election to the position of Lieutenant Governor of Vermont in 2012. During that election cycle, Scott raised a total of $190,564.


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Phillip Scott's donors each year.[16] Click [show] for more information.

*Several other groups and individuals also gave $2,000 to Scott's 2008 election campaign:


  • Mansfield Heliflight, Inc.
  • DuBois Construction
  • JKL Limited Partnership
  • Bond Auto Parts
  • Lake Champlain Cruises
  • Circle J Tires, Inc.
  • B&M Realty, LLC


  • Remo Pizzagalli
  • Donald Clark
  • Thomas Curley
  • Elizabeth Squier
  • Winthrop Smith, Jr.
  • Barry Chouinard
  • Frank Whitcomb
  • Thomas Lauzon


Single-payer health care

In January 2014, Scott expressed skepticism about Vermont’s single-payer healthcare law. The law, called Green Mountain Care, passed in 2011 and aimed to provide health insurance to the state’s 626,000 residents through a state-run system in order to reduce premiums and costs. Scott was concerned about whether the model would work. “I’m a skeptic when it comes to the single-payer model,” Scott said in an interview. “But at the same time I try to be objective because I’ve argued that I don’t have enough information to know whether it works here in Vermont. So it’s difficult for me to oppose something when I don’t know what it is,” he said.[17]


Scott and his wife, Diana, live in Berlin. He has two adult daughters and "one spoiled golden retriever."[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Vermont Lieutenant Governor, "About Phil Scott," accessed January 4, 2012
  2. Phil Scott, " Vermont Everyday Jobs," accessed May 7, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Vermont Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," August 28, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Phil Scott Lieutenant Governor, "Home," accessed May 15, 2014
  5. Rutland Herald, "Scott not likely to run against Shumlin," April 22, 2013
  6. Ballot Access News, "Vermont Progressive Party Has Outside Chance of Electing Its First Statewide Nominee," June 13, 2014
  7. Vermont Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance Disclosure Form through 11/3/2014," accessed November 17, 2014
  8. Burlington Free Press, "Election update: Media money flowing," October 13, 2014
  9. Burlington Free Press, "Leahy endorses Corren for lieutenant governor," October 23, 2014
  10. Vermont Secretary of State, "Candidate list for August 28 primary," accessed June 29, 2012
  11. Vermont Public Radio, "Campaign 2012 Election Results" accessed November 6, 2012
  12. VtDigger, "State's largest union gives nod to Shumlin, Scott, Illuzzi, and Condos earlier recommendation for Pearce in Treasurer's race rounds out Vermont NEAs election picks," September 11, 2012
  13. Vermont State Senate official 2008 election results
  14. Follow the Money's report on Scott's 2008 campaign contributions
  15. Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Philip Scott," accessed May 8, 2013
  16. Follow the, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
  17., "Pressure mounts for Vermont lieutenant governor to take single-payer position," January 10, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Brian Dubie (R)
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
2011 - present
Succeeded by