Richard McCormack

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Richard McCormack
Vermont Senate Windsor District
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 8
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2006
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Vermont Senate
Bachelor'sHofstra University
Date of birthJuly 20, 1947
Place of birthNew York City, NY
Office website
Richard J. McCormack (b. July 20, 1947) is a Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Windsor District. He was first elected to the chamber in 1988 and served until 2002. He was again elected to the chamber in 2006, and has served continuously since that election.


McCormack earned his B.A. from Hofstra University in 1970. He went on to attend Castleton State College from 1977 to 1978. He then attended MSEL at Vermont Law School from 1999 to the present.

McCormack was a teacher for Woodstock County School from 1978 to 1980. He has worked as a performer and broadcaster since 1966.

McCormack's political experience began with his work as a Justice of the Peace.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2015
Health and Welfare


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


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, McCormack served on these committees:


Charter schools

On February 8, 2013, McCormack and fellow Senators Donald Collins, David Zuckerman, and Richard Sears introduced a bill to impose more requirements on many independent schools. Under Senate Bill 91, any independent schools which receives public tuition funds for more than one third of its students would be required to hire only state-certified teachers, accept all publicly funded students who apply so long as space permits, provide free and reduced-price lunch to eligible students, and be approved to offer at least four categories of special education.[1] John McClaughry of the Ethan Allen Institute, a free-market think tank, criticized McCormack's bill as "clearly designed to put as many general purpose independent schools under the big fat thumb of the Education Agency in Montpelier." He accused McCormack of attempting to rush the bill through without input from the independent schools.[2] The Vermont Independent Schools Association also opposed the bill, saying, "State control of admissions and of hiring would strongly impair independent schools' ability to fulfill their unique missions."[3] McCormack and bill supporters argued that the independent schools were weakening public education by attracting students and state tuition dollars away from public schools without being required to meet state mandates, such as the requirement to offer expensive special education services. The Vermont National Education Association and the Vermont School Board Association endorsed SB 91. The bill was referred to the Education Committee, chaired by McCormack. Collins and Zuckerman are also members of the five-member committee.



See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Vermont State Senate 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. Windsor has three state senators. Incumbents Alice Nitka, John Campbell, and Richard McCormack were unopposed in the Democratic primary, and were unchallenged in the general election.[4][5]


See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

McCormack won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Windsor District. McCormack was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and won re-election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Vermont State Senate, Windham District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Campbell Incumbent 23.3% 16,249
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard McCormack Incumbent 21.8% 15,217
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlice Nitka Incumbent 21.3% 14,899
     Republican Paul Gibbs Jr. 9.5% 6,651
     Republican Dick Tracy 13.8% 9,617
     Republican Jeff Whittemore 10.3% 7,162
Total Votes 69,795


See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2010

McCormack ran for re-election to the 29th District Seat (Windsor District) in 2010. He ran against John Campbell, and Alice Nitka in the Democratic primary on August 24, 2010. He defeated Francis Renaud (R), Henry Holmes (R), and John MacGovern (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Vermont State Senate, Windsor District, General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Campbell (D) 11,896
Green check mark transparent.png Richard "Dick" McCormack (D) 10,893
Green check mark transparent.png Alice Nitka (D) 10,393
Francis Renaud (R) 5,688
Henry Holmes (R) 6,888
John MacGovern 5,423


On November 4, 2008, McCormack won re-election by finishing second for the three-seat Windsor District of the Vermont State Senate, receiving 14,898 votes behind Democrat John Campbell (16,426) and ahead of Democrat Alice Nitka (13,783), Republicans Kent Butterfield (8,320) and Kirk Sparkman (5,969), independent Mark Blanchard (5,619), Republican Ethan Foster (4,680), and write-ins (43).[6]

McCormack raised $4,254 for his campaign, against $16,698 by Campbell, $3,868 by Nitka, $4,645 by Butterfield, and $1,500 by Sparkman.[7]

Vermont State Senate, Windsor District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Campbell (D) 16,426
Green check mark transparent.png Richard McCormack (D) 14,898
Green check mark transparent.png Alice Nitka (D) 13,783
Kent Butterfield (R) 8,320
Kirk Sparkman (R) 5,969
Mark Blanchard (I) 5,619
Ethan Foster (R) 4,680
Write-ins 43

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McCormack is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, McCormack raised a total of $12,776 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[8]

Richard McCormack's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State Senate, District Windsor Won $7,962
2010 Vermont State Senate, District Windsor Won $560
2008 Vermont State Senate, District Windsor Won $4,254
Grand Total Raised $12,776


McCormack won re-election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, McCormack raised a total of $7,062.


In 2010, McCormack received $560 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]


McCormack raised $4,254 for the 2008 election.

His major contributors are listed below.[10]

Donor Amount
Vermont Dental Society $300
FX Flinn $300
Vermont Renewable Energy $200
Richard McCormack or immediate family $200
Vermont State Employers Association $200
Vermont Ski Areas Association $200


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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.[11] Here's how McCormack 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


McCormack is divorced and has two children.

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