|Vermont Senate Lamoille District|
|2011 - present|
|January 2, 2017|
|Years in position||4|
|House Minority Leader|
|Per diem||$107/day (non-commuter) |
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|House of Representatives|
|High school||Lamoille Union High School, 1977|
|Bachelor's||Johnson State College, 1982|
|Date of birth||March 13, 1959|
|Place of birth||Burlington, VT|
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.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Westman served on the following committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Transportation, Vice-chair|
|• Legislative Information Technology, Vice-chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Westman served on these committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Administrative Rules|
|• Legislative Information Technology|
- 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.
- 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.
|Vermont State Senate, Lamoille District, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Richard Westman Incumbent||56.7%||6,026|
- See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2010
|Vermont State Senate, Lamoille District, General Election (2010)|
|Richard A Westman (R)||4,294|
|David Yacovone (D)||4,161|
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.
|Richard Westman's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Vermont State Senate, District Lamoille||$21,552|
|2010||Vermont State Senate, District Lamoille||$38,894|
|Grand Total Raised||$60,446|
2012Westman won re-election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Westman raised a total of $21,552.
|Vermont State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Richard Westman's campaign in 2012|
|Lamoille Republican Party||$1,800|
|Vermont Fuel Dealers Association||$800|
|Gw Tatro Construction||$750|
|Green Mountain Republican State Cmte||$600|
|Campaign Research Center||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$21,552|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, the year Westman first won election to the Senate, he collected $38,894 in donations.
His four largest contributors in 2010 were:
|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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- National Federation of Independent Business in Vermont: 2013-2014 Legislative Voting Record
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- Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility: 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard
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- Vermont Public Interest Research Group: 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on voting records on VPIRG-backed legislation to promote clean energy, reduce exposure to toxins, make health care more accessible and affordable and protect our democracy.
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 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|
Westman's partner is Joan Nagy.
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- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Listing," June 13, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "Election Results Search," accessed April 22, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "Westman, Richard," accessed September 20, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Joe Benning candidate summary," accessed June 8, 2011
- Ethan Allen Institute, "Report Cards," accessed September 10, 2013