Vermont State Senate Chittenden District

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Vermont State Senate Chittenden District
Current incumbentsTimothy Ashe Democratic PartyLime2.png
Philip Baruth Democratic PartyWorking Families Party
Michael Sirotkin Democratic Party
Virginia Lyons Democratic Party
David Zuckerman Democratic PartyLime2.png
Diane Snelling Republican Party
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Vermont's Chittenden state senate district is represented by Democratic Senators Timothy Ashe, Philip Baruth, Michael Sirotkin, Virginia Lyons, and David Zuckerman, and Republican Senator Diane Snelling. Soritkin was appointed after Sally Fox passed away January 10, 2014.[1][2]

As of the 2010 census, a total of 139,478 civilians reside within Vermont's Chittenden state senate district.[3] Vermont's state senators represent an average of 20,858 residents.[4] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 20,294 residents.[5]

About the office

Members of the Vermont State Senate serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Vermont legislators assume office the first Wednesday after the first Tuesday in January.


The Vermont Constitution states, "No person shall be elected a Representative or a Senator until the person has resided in this State two years, the last year of which shall be in the legislative district for which the person is elected."[6]


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Vermont Legislature are paid $604.79/week during session and $112/day for special sessions or interim committee meetings. Legislators who are non-commuters receive $101/day for lodging and $61/day for meals. Commuters receive $61/day for meals/mileage.[7]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Governor must select a replacement to fill the vacant seat.

The Governor must select a replacement that will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term. There are no deadlines set by statute on when a vacancy has to be filled.[8]



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. Chittenden has six state senators. Incumbents Philip Baruth, Virginia Lyons, Michael Sirotkin, David Zuckerman, Timothy Ashe and Dawn Ellis were unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Diane Snelling and Joy Limoge were unopposed in the Republican primary. John Cisar, Glyn Wilkinson, Ben Mayer, Paul Washburn, Christopher Coolidge and Travis Spencer are running as Libertarian candidates.[9][10][11][12] Baruth, Lyons, Snelling, Ashe, Sirotkin and Zuckerman defeated Ellis, Limoge, Wilkinson, Cisar, Mayar, Coolidge, Spencer, and Washburn.[13]

Vermont State Senate Chittenden District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVirginia "Ginny" Lyons Incumbent 12.6% 23,488
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy Ashe* Incumbent 12.2% 22,790
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPhilip Baruth Incumbent 11.9% 22,217
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDiane B. Snelling Incumbent 11.7% 21,855
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Zuckerman** Incumbent 11.4% 21,333
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Sirotkin Incumbent 10.6% 19,738
     Democratic Dawn Ellis 9.9% 18,432
     Republican Joy Limoge 8.5% 15,853
     Libertarian Paul Washburn 2.2% 4,113
     Libertarian John Cisar 2.1% 3,896
     Libertarian Christopher Coolidge 2% 3,694
     Libertarian Travis Spencer 1.8% 3,405
     Libertarian Ben Mayer 1.8% 3,310
     Libertarian Glyn Wilkinson 1.4% 2,706
Total Votes 186,830

*Ashe appeared on the ballot as both a Democratic and Progressive nominee.
**Zuckerman appeared on the ballot as both a Progressive and Democratic nominee.


See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Vermont State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 28, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Timothy Ashe (D), Philip Baruth (D), Sally Fox, Virginia Lyons (D), David Zuckerman (D), and Diane Snelling (R) defeated Larkin Forney (Green Party), Richard Jeroloman (Vermont Progressive Party), Shelley Palmer (Tea Party), and Independent candidates Patrick Brown, Bob Kiss, Robert Letovsky, and Sean Selby in the general election. Ed Adrian, Peter Hunt, and Loyal Ploof were defeated in the Democratic primary election.[14][15][16][17]

Vermont State Senate, Chittenden District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy Ashe Incumbent 16.3% 9,150
Green check mark transparent.pngVirginia Lyons Incumbent 15.8% 8,873
Green check mark transparent.pngSally Fox Incumbent 15.2% 8,558
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Zuckerman 13.9% 7,838
Green check mark transparent.pngPhilip Baruth Incumbent 12.2% 6,859
Green check mark transparent.pngDebbie Ingram 9% 5,068
Peter Hunt 8.2% 4,595
Ed Adrian 6.4% 3,629
Loyal Ploof 3% 1,696
Total Votes 56,266

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Vermont State Senate Chittenden District have raised a total of $1,371,569. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $18,047 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Vermont State Senate Chittenden District
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $184,814 11 $16,801
2010 $199,318 10 $19,932
2008 $69,115 6 $11,519
2006 $213,262 13 $16,405
2004 $241,390 10 $24,139
2002 $170,458 11 $15,496
2000 $293,212 15 $19,547
Total $1,371,569 76 $18,047

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External links


  1. Burlington Free Press, "Longtime Vermont state legislator Sally Fox dies," January 18, 2014
  2. VPR, "Fox's Husband, Lobbyist Michael Sirotkin, Appointed To Senate," January 27, 2014
  3. Vermont Secretary of State, Current District Information, March 26, 2012
  4. U.S. Census Bureau, "2010 Census Interactive Population Search," accessed February 14, 2014
  5. U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population: 2000," April 2, 2001
  6., "Vermont Constitution," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Section 15)
  7., "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  8. Vermont State Legislature, "Vermont Statutes," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute, 2-1-4, Vermont Statutes)
  9. Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election Candidate Listing," accessed June 19, 2014
  10. Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Independent Candidates and Minor Party Candidates Nominated by Party Committee," accessed June 19, 2014
  11. Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Major Party Nomination Candidate Listing," accessed June 19, 2014
  12. Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Listing," June 13, 2014
  13. Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 General Election Candidate Listing," accessed October 11, 2014
  14. Vermont Elections, 2012 General Election Results, accessed October 23, 2013
  15. Vermont Elections, Official Primary Election Results, accessed October 23, 2013
  16. Vermont Secretary of State, Major party primary candidate list, accessed October 23, 2013
  17. Vermont Secretary of State, 2012 draft, independent, and minor party candidate list, accessed October 23, 2013