Vermont Treasurer

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Vermont Treasurer
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2010 FY Budget:  $2,677,029
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   2 years
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Elizabeth Pearce.jpg
Name:  Elizabeth Pearce
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 2011
Compensation:  $92,269
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Treasurer of Vermont is an elected executive position in the Vermont state government. As the state's banker and chief investment officer, the treasurer is accountable for the receipt and disbursement of public funds, short and long-term debt management, investment of state funds, administration of three retirement systems and pension funds, collecting and returning unclaimed financial property to rightful owners, improving the financial literacy of Vermonters, and advising state policymakers on various fiscal and policy issues.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Elizabeth Pearce. She was first appointed to the position in January 2011 by Gov. Peter Shumlin to replace Jeb Spaulding, who was appointed Secretary of Administration.


The Vermont Treasurer's office is established in the Vermont Constitution. Chapter 2, Section 43 describes the officers to be elected in biennially.

Chapter 2, Section 43:

Biennial Elections
The Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Auditor of Accounts, Senators, Town Representatives, Assistant Judges of the County Court, Sheriffs, High Bailiffs, State's Attorneys, Judges of Probate and Justices of the Peace, shall be elected biennially on the first Tuesday next after the first Monday of November, beginning in A.D. 1914.


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The governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor are elected every two years, on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November.

In Vermont, state executives are elected in even numbered years; 2016, 2018 and 2020 are all election years.

Full history


See also: Vermont down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Pearce won re-election on November 4, 2014.

Vermont Treasurer, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Pearce Incumbent 74.5% 124,925
     Progressive Don Schramm 17.4% 29,120
     Liberty Union Murray Ngoima 8.1% 13,540
Total Votes 167,585
Election Results via New York Times. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.


Section 20 of the Vermont Constitution, grants the governor the power to fill a vacancy in the office by appointment. The appointee shall serve until the next regularly scheduled election.


The office of the treasurer has a wide range of duties:

  • invests state funds
  • issues of all state bonds authorized by the general assembly
  • serves as the central bank for state agencies
  • manages the state's cash balances, processes checks and reconciles payroll and vendor checks
  • safeguards and returns unclaimed or abandoned financial property
  • administers three major pension plans, the deferred compensation plan, and the defined contribution play for state employees, teachers, and participating municipalities[5]


Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Vermont Treasurer's office Organizational Chart as of January 14, 2013.

The treasurer's office is organized into an executive office and five divisions. The executive office supervises all of the other divisions and maintains responsibility for overall strategic planning, legislative initiatives, constituent relations, debt management, and financial literacy.[5] The five divisions are:

  • Investment and Debt Management
  • Retirement
  • Technology Services
  • Treasury Operations
  • Unclaimed Property

State budget

See also: Vermont state budget and finances

The budget for the State Treasurer in Fiscal Year 2010 was $2,677,029.[6]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The treasurer, along with the rest of Vermont's elected executives, is legally entitled to an annual salary in accordance with Title 32, Chapter 15 of the Vermont Statutes (32 V.S.A. § 1003). Taking into account value adjustments, the statute contains real compensation figures for the previous and current year only.[7]


In 2014, the treasurer received a salary of $92,269, according to the Council of State Governments.[8]


In 2013, the treasurer was paid an estimated $90,376. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[9]


In 2012, the treasurer was paid an estimated $90,376. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the treasurer was paid an estimated $90,376 according to the Council of State Governments.[10]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information


Office of the State Treasurer
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609

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