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Anthony Pollina

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Anthony Pollina
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Vermont Senate Washington District
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 4
PartyVermont Progressive Party
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sJohnson State College
ProfessionDirector, Vermont Democracy Fund/Radio host
Office website
Campaign website
Anthony Pollina is a Progressive, Democratic and Working Families member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Washington District. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Pollina earned a B.A. in political science and environmental studies at Johnson State College.

Pollina worked as the Director of the Vermont Democracy Fund from 2002 up until his election to the Senate. Before that, he was the Executive/Policy Director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group and a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Congressman Bernie Sanders. He also founded Rural Vermont, and served as its Executive Director from 1985-1991.

Committee assignments


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

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Operations, Vice-chair
Health and Welfare
Government Accountability


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



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. Washington has three state senators. Incumbent Ann Cummings, incumbent Anthony Pollina and Sandra Gaffney were unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent William Doyle, Pat McDonald and Dexter Lefavour were unopposed in the Republican primary.[1][2][3][4] Cummings, Doyle and Pollina defeated Lafavour, McDonald and Gaffney in the general election.[5]

Vermont State Senate Washington District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam "Bill" Doyle Incumbent 21.3% 11,275
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnn Cummings Incumbent 21.1% 11,167
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnthony Pollina* Incumbent 19.8% 10,474
     Republican Pat McDonald 16.5% 8,731
     Republican Dexter Lefavour 11% 5,823
     Democratic Sandra "Sandy" Gaffney** 10.2% 5,408
Total Votes 52,878

*Pollina appeared on the ballot as both a Progressive and Democratic nominee.
**Gaffney appeared on the ballot as both a Progressive and Democratic nominee.


See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Pollina won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Washington District. He was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and won re-election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]


See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2010

Pollina was elected to the Washington District seat in 2010. He ran against Kimberly Cheney (D), Laura Moore (D), Donny Osman (D), Ann Cummings (D) in the primary. He defeated David Harrington (R), Ed Larson (R), Donny Osman (D), and Gaelan Brown (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Vermont State Senate, Washington District, General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Anne Cummings (D) 12,213
Green check mark transparent.png William "Bill" Doyle (R) 11,971
Green check mark transparent.png Anthony Pollina (D) 5,674
Donny Osman (D) 8,569
Ed Larson (D) 7,791
David Harrington (R) 7,175
Gaelan Brown (I) 2,270

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pollina is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Pollina raised a total of $28,257 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[7]

Anthony Pollina's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State Senate, District Washington Won $10,311
2010 Vermont State Senate, District Washington Won $17,946
Grand Total Raised $28,257


Pollina won re-election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Pollina raised a total of $10,311.
Vermont State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Anthony Pollina's campaign in 2012
Squier, Ken$1,000
Bingham, Diana$500
Cohen, Ben$500
M S/patient Choices$300
Renewable Energy Vermont$300
Total Raised in 2012$10,311
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, when Pollina first won election to the Senate, he collected $17,946 in donations.[8]

His five largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Susan Baker $1,000
Steve Hingtgen $500
Ben Cohen $500
Ralph Montefusco $500
Jerry Greenfield $500


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Vermont

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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.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on key small business issues.


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.

  • Legislators are scored based on whether or not their votes aligned with VBSR’s stance on each policy.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting records on environmental issues.
  • 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.

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.[9] Here's how Pollina 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


Pollina and his wife, Deborah, have two children.

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