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Richard Lawrence

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Richard Lawrence
Vermont House of Representatives, Caledonia 4
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 10
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2004
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Richard H. Lawrence (b. July 5, 1942) is a Republican member of the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Caledonia-4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.


Lawrence received his diploma from Lyndon Institute in 1962. He also received his AS from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, in 1962.

Lawrence was the manager of McKenzie's Ice Cream from 1962 to 1963. He then worked as a self-employed dairy farmer from 1963 to 1986. From 1986 to 1991, Lawrence worked for Reynolds Real Estate as a Realtor. He later worked as owner of Agway Lyndonville from 1991 to 2006.

Lawrence has served as Selectman and Moderator for the Town of Lyndon.

Committee assignments


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

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Forest Products, Vice-chair


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lawrence 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. Caledonia-4 has two state representatives. Incumbents Martha Feltus and Richard Lawrence were unopposed in the Republican primary.[1][2][3][4] The two incumbents were unopposed in the general election.[5]


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lawrence won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont House of Representatives Caledonia 4. Lawrence was unopposed in the August 28 Republican primary and won re-election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Vermont House of Representatives, Caledonia 4 District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMartha Feltus 37.3% 1,949
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Lawrence Incumbent 40% 2,092
     Democratic Celeste Marie Girrell 22.7% 1,186
Total Votes 5,227


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2010

Lawrence ran for re-election to the Caledonia 4 District in 2010. He and Howard Crawford, Jr. (R) both won re-election in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Vermont House of Representatives, Caledonia 4 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Howard Crawford, Jr. (R) 2,015
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Lawrence (R) 1,987
Paul Ralston (R) 1,903
Paul Ralston (R) 1,903

Campaign donors


Lawrence won re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Lawrence raised a total of $2,197.
Vermont House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Richard Lawrence's campaign in 2012
Caledonia County Republican Cmte$950
Campaign Research Center$350
Total Raised in 2012$2,197
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which Lawrence was up for re-election, he collected $100 in donations.[7]


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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.[8] Here's how Lawrence 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


Lawrence and his wife, Nancy, have one child.

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