|Vermont Senate Windsor District|
|2007 - present|
|January 7, 2015|
|Years in position||7|
|Per diem||$162/day (non-commuter) |
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2006|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Birthday||July 20, 1947|
|Place of birth||New York City, NY|
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.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, McCormack served on the following committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Education, Chair|
|• Health and Welfare|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, McCormack served on these committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Natural Resources and Energy|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, McCormack served on these committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Natural Resources and Energy|
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. 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. 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." 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, 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.
- 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.
|Vermont State Senate, Windsor District, General Election (2010)|
|John Campbell (D)||11,896|
|Richard "Dick" McCormack (D)||10,893|
|Alice Nitka (D)||10,393|
|Francis Renaud (R)||5,688|
|Henry Holmes (R)||6,888|
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).
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.
|Vermont State Senate, Windsor District|
|John Campbell (D)||16,426|
|Richard McCormack (D)||14,898|
|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|
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.
|Richard McCormack's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Vermont State Senate, District Windsor||$7,962|
|2010||Vermont State Senate, District Windsor||$560|
|2008||Vermont State Senate, District Windsor||$4,254|
|Grand Total Raised||$12,776|
2012McCormack won re-election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, McCormack raised a total of $7,062.
|Vermont State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Richard McCormack's campaign in 2012|
|Patient Choices Of Vermont||$300|
|Association Of Vermont Credit Unions||$250|
|Bachman, Mike & Swayne, Steve||$200|
|Total Raised in 2012||$7,062|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, McCormack received $560 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Vermont State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Richard McCormack's campaign in 2010|
|Vermont Trial Lawyers Association||$250|
|Total Raised in 2010||$560|
McCormack raised $4,254 for the 2008 election.
His major contributors are listed below.
|Vermont Dental Society||$300|
|Vermont Renewable Energy||$200|
|Richard McCormack or immediate family||$200|
|Vermont State Employers Association||$200|
|Vermont Ski Areas Association||$200|
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. 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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- Biography from the Vermont Secretary of State website
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2000, 1998, 1996
- List of Vermont Senators
- Text of SB 91, accessed March 7, 2013
- John McClaughry, Ethan Allen Institute, "The Sudden New Assault on Independent Schools," accessed March 7, 2013
- [Caledonian Record, "Senate Bill Threatens School Choice, Independent Schools," February 26, 2013]
- [Alicia Freese, VTDigger.org (Vermont Journalism Trust), "Bill would attach strings to public funds to independent schools," February 28, 2013]
- Official primary candidate list
- General Election 2010 Official Results
- Vermont State Senate official 2008 election results
- Follow the Money's report on Campbell's 2008 campaign contributions
- followthemoney.org, "LAST, FIRST," accessed September 20, 2013
- followthemoney.org, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Campaign contributors to Richard McCormack
- Ethan Allen Institute "Report Cards," accessed September 10, 2013