Richard Westman

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Richard Westman
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Vermont Senate Lamoille District
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 4
House Minority Leader
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
House of Representatives
High schoolLamoille Union High School, 1977
Bachelor'sJohnson State College, 1982
Date of birthMarch 13, 1959
Place of birthBurlington, VT
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Richard A. Westman is a Republican member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Lamoille District. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

He previously served in the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Lamoille-4 from 1982 to 2009.


Westman holds a B.A. in political science and public policy from Johnson State College.

At the time he was elected to the Senate, Westman was the Vermont State Commissioner of Taxes. He had also previously served as Director of the Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan. While serving in the state house, Westman was assistant majority leader from 1989-1992 and minotiry leader from 1993-1996.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2015
Transportation, Vice-Chair
Legislative Information Technology


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


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



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. Incumbent Richard Westman was unopposed in the Republican primary, and was unchallenged in the general election.[1]


See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Westman won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Lamoille District. Westman was unopposed in the August 28 Republican primary and defeated Jerry Colby (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Vermont State Senate, Lamoille District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Westman Incumbent 56.7% 6,026
     Democratic Jerry Colby 43.3% 4,609
Total Votes 10,635


See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2010

Westman ran for the 18th District Seat (Lamoille District) in 2010. He ran unopposed in the primary. He defeated David Yacovone (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[2]

Vermont State Senate, Lamoille District, General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Richard A Westman (R) 4,294
David Yacovone (D) 4,161

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Westman is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Westman raised a total of $60,446 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[3]

Richard Westman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State Senate, District Lamoille Won $21,552
2010 Vermont State Senate, District Lamoille Won $38,894
Grand Total Raised $60,446


Westman won re-election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Westman raised a total of $21,552.


In 2010, the year Westman first won election to the Senate, he collected $38,894 in donations.[4]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Campaign Research Center $2,000
Green Mountain Republican Senate Committee $1,400
Lamoille County Respublican Party $1,000
Jack F. Corse, Inc. $1,000
Four individual contributors $1,000 each


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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.[5] Here's how Westman 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
N Y Y N Absent Y N Y N


Westman's partner is Joan Nagy.

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