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William Canfield
Vermont House of Representatives, Rutland-3
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 10
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2004
Term limitsN/A
Office website
William P. Canfield (b. September 28, 1952) is a Republican and Democratic member of the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Rutland-3. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.


Canfield received his diploma from Fair Haven High School in 1970.

Canfield was the owner/proprietor of Hair Haven from 1976 to 2008. He has also served as a Justice of the Peace.

He has also served as a Town Moderator for the Town of Fair Haven.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Canfield served on the following committees:

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Natural Resources and Energy
Joint Energy


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Canfield served on these committees:



See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Vermont House of Representatives 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. Rutland-3 has two state representatives. Incumbents Robert Helm and William Canfield defeated Dean Powers in the Republican primary.[1] Helm and Canfield were unopposed in the general election.[2]

Vermont House of Representatives, Rutland-3 District Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Canfield Incumbent 47.7% 306
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Helm Incumbent 40.7% 261
Dean Powers 11.7% 75
Total Votes 642


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2012

Canfield won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont House of Representatives Rutland 3. Canfield was unopposed in the August 28 Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2010

Canfield ran for re-election to the Rutland 2 District in 2010. He and Robert Helm (R) both won re-election in the general election on November 2, 2010.[3]

Vermont House of Representatives, Rutland 2 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png William Canfield (R) 2,092
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Helm (R) 1,923

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Canfield is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Canfield raised a total of $1,930 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 24, 2013.[4]

william Canfield's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State House, District Rutland-3 Won $1,830
2010 Vermont State House, District Rutland-2 Won $100
Grand Total Raised $1,930


Canfield won re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Canfield raised a total of $1,830.
Vermont House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to William Canfield's campaign in 2012
Vt Ski Area 5 Assoc$100
Renewable Energy Vermont$100
Burke, John D$50
Amery, Ken$25
Total Raised in 2012$1,830
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which Canfield was up for election, he collected $100 in donations.[5]


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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.[6] Here's how Canfield voted on the selected bills:

Vermont Voters Scorecard, 2011-2012
Health Provider Tax Green Mountain Care Education Taxation Green Mountain Care Property Rate Tax Health Exchange Green Mountain Care Renewable Portfolio CVPS Rebate


Canfield is widowed and has four children.

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