|Vermont Senate Chittenden District|
|2001 - present|
|January 7, 2015|
|Years in position||13|
|Per diem||$107/day (non-commuter) |
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Ph.D.||University of Vermont|
|Birthday||September 24, 1944|
|Place of birth||Auburn, NY|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Voting record
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Lyons earned her AB from Drew University in 1966. She went on to receive her M.S. from Rutgers University in 1968. She then earned her EdD from the University of Vermont in 1988.
Lyons worked as an Instructor for Middlesex County College from 1968 to 1971. She then worked as a professor for Trinity College from 1973 to 2000. From 1978 to 2000 she was also the Coordinator/Director of Allied Health for Trinity College. She became a professor for Vermont State College in 2000 and has worked there since.
Lyons was on the Williston Select Board from 1990 to 2000. She was the Chair/Vice-Chair of that board from 1997 to 2001.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Lyons served on the following committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Health and Welfare|
|• Joint Energy|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lyons served on these committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Education, Vice-chair|
|• Joint Energy|
|• Natural Resources and Energy, Chair|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lyons served on these committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Health and Welfare|
|• Natural Resources and Energy|
In a press conference with business leaders and other state legislators, Lyons advocated for new, expanded policies in Vermont that would be vital to preserving the state's character and nature. Lyons called climate change Vermont's chief economic peril, and cited both short-term, erratic weather patterns and long-term trends that may harm the maple, agriculture, and skiing industries and cause more flooding in the state.
Lyons's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Vermont’s Energy Future
- Excerpt: "In 2006 Ginny passed goals helping move Vermont away from costly fossil fuels and preserve environmental integrity. In 2007 she organized three weeks of education for the legislature on challenges to and economic opportunities in response to climate change. Energy efficiency, clean energy projects, and opportunities for municipal, residential, business, and farms continue to develop."
- Healthcare for All
- Excerpt: "In 2002 Ginny championed a comprehensive law that promotes prevention in our school, community, workplace, and health care settings. Vermont’s safety net programs for mentally ill, disabled, underinsured, and senior citizens are important components of a strong health care system. Ginny helped develop laws that help people with chronic care needs."
- Economic Opportunity
- Excerpt: "Ginny believes that investing in Vermont’s renewable energy, creative economic opportunities, working landscape and emerging technologies will help build Vermont’s strong sustainable economic future. She worked to provide low interest loans and grants funding for small businesses."
- Sustainable Development
- Excerpt: "Ginny fostered and passed the Growth Center law. That law can help municipalities plan to provide thriving downtowns and productive working landscapes. New reforms are needed to insure that sprawl so common to other states does not consume Vermont. At the same time it is important that planned economic development can occur with appropriate environmental regulation."
- Environmental Health
- Excerpt: "As a result of laws passed by Senator Lyons you will be able to recycle your old computer products free of charge. You will also find phosphorus free dishwasher detergent, BPA free water bottles, baby food and reusable food containers in your local stores."
- See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Vermont State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 26, 2014. The general election will be 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.
- See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012
Lyons won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Chittenden District. Lyons advanced past 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
Lyons ran for re-election to the 9th District Seat (Chittenden District) in 2010. She ran against Timothy Ashe (D), Hinda Miller (D), Philip Baruth (D), Sally Fox (D), Frank Geier (D), and Andy Montroll (D) in the primary. She defeated Annette Roque Renaud (R), Dennis Bedard (R), Shelley Palmer (R), Mike Branon (R), Diane Snelling (R), Richard Jeroloman (I), Steve Laible (I), Mikey Van Gulden(I), and Andy Montroll (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.
On November 4, 2008, Lyons won re-election by finishing third for the six-seat Chittenden District of the Vermont State Senate, receiving 35,869 votes behind Democrats Douglas Racine (44,856) and Edward Flanagan (38,998) and ahead of Republican Diane Snelling (32,394), Democrat Hinda Miller (31,457), Democrat/Progressive Timothy Ashe (28,103), Democrat Denise Barnard (27,687), Republicans Dennis Bedard (16,760), Darren Adams (15,894), Paula Spadaccini (15,110), Robyn Myers-Moore (15,029), and Agnes Clift (14,192), independent Tom Licata (11,411), Justice for Vermonters candidate Larkin Forney (3,141), and write-ins (524).
Lyons raised $7,918 for her campaign, against $13,630 by Snelling, $2,300 by Miller, $17,119 by Ashe, $16,940 by Barnard, and $11,208 by Licata.
Comprehensive donor information for Lyons is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Lyons raised a total of $24,848 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.
|Virginia's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Vermont State Senate, District Chittenden||$9,525|
|2010||Vermont State Senate, District Chittenden||$7,405|
|2008||Vermont State Senate, District Chittenden||$7,918|
|Grand Total Raised||$24,848|
2012Lyons won re-election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Lyons raised a total of $9,525.
|Vermont State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Virginia Lyons's campaign in 2012|
|Democracy For America||$500|
|Sally Fox For Senate||$383|
|Patient Choices Vermont||$300|
|Total Raised in 2012||$9,525|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Lyons received $7,405 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Vermont State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Virginia Lyons's campaign in 2010|
|Blittersdorf, David C||$1,000|
|Vermont Association Of Realtors||$400|
|Patient Choices Vermont Victory Fund||$350|
|Kimbell Sherman & Ellis||$300|
|Total Raised in 2010||$7,405|
Lyons raised $7,918 for the 2008 election.
Her major contributors are listed below.
|Vermont Association of Realtors||$400|
|Vermont State Dental Society||$300|
|National Association of Social Workers, Vermont Chapter||$250|
|Triple Loop Costume Shop||$250|
Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.
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- National Federation of Independent Business in Vermont: 2013-2014 Legislative Voting Record
- Legislators are scored based on their votes on key small business issues.
- Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility: 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on whether or not their votes aligned with VBSR’s stance on each policy.
- Vermont Conservation Voters: 2011-2012 Environmental Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on their voting records on environmental issues.
- 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 Lyons 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|
Lyons and her husband, Richard, have two children.
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- VTDigger, "Vermont should lead on climate change adaptation plans, lawmakers and business people say," July 31, 2013
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 22, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election Candidate Listing," accessed June 19, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Independent Candidates and Minor Party Candidates Nominated by Party Committee," accessed June 19, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Major Party Nomination Candidate Listing," accessed June 19, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Listing," June 13, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "Election Results Search," accessed April 22, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributors," accessed April 22, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "Lyons, Virginia," accessed September 20, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributors," accessed April 22, 2014
- Ethan Allen Institute, "Report Cards," accessed September 10, 2013