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Bill Carris
Vermont Senate Rutland District
Former member
In office
2007 - 2012
Senate Majority Leader
2011 - 2012
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$162
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sCastleton State College
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Date of birthAugust 23, 1944
Place of birthHanover, NH
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Bill Carris (b. August 23, 1944) is a former Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Rutland District from 2007 to 2012. Carris resigned on December 17, 2012, citing continued back and ankle pain after a recent surgery.[1] Carris served as Senate Majority Leader from 2011 to his resignation.

Carris served in the United States Army. He is currently owner and operator of Carris Reels. Carris earned his Bachelor's from Castleton State College.

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Carris won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Rutland District. Carris was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]


See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2010

Carris ran for re-election to the 20th District Seat (Rutland District) in 2010. He ran against Bob Baird in the primary. He defeated Thomas Deply (R), Cheryl Hooker (R), Bob Baird (D), William Cruikshank (I), and Dennis Morrisseau (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[3]

Vermont State Senate, Rutland District, General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin J. Mullin (R) 9,959
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Carris (D) 9,786
Green check mark transparent.png Margaret "Peg" Flory (R) 5,674
Thomas Depoy (R) 8,569
Bob Baird (D) 7,973
Cheryl Hooker (D) 7,500
Dennis Morrisseau (I) 1,014
William Cruikshank, Jr. (I) 931


On November 4, 2008, Carris won re-election by finishing first for the three-seat Rutland District of the Vermont State Senate, receiving 16,194 votes ahead of Republicans Hull Maynard (13,077) and Kevin Mullin (12,783), Democrats Cheryl Hooker (11,869) and Hope Blucher (9,945), Republican Gregory Decker (6,117), and write-ins (44).[4]

Carris raised $8,615 for his campaign, against $6,670 by Maynard, $14,955 by Mullin, $12,084 by Hooker, $9,912 by Blucher, and $1,625 by Decker.[5]

Vermont State Senate, Rutland District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Carris (D) 16,194
Green check mark transparent.png Hull Maynard (R) 13,077
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Mullin (R) 12,783
Cheryl Hooker (D) 11,869
Hope Blucher (D) 9,945
Gregory Decker (R) 6,117
Write-ins 44

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Carris is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Carris raised a total of $55,461 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.[6]

Bill Carris's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont Senate, Rutland District Won $9,388
2010 Vermont Senate, Rutland District Won $3,750
2008 Vermont Senate, Rutland District Won $8,615
2006 Vermont Senate, Rutland District Won $33,708
Grand Total Raised $55,461


Carris won re-election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Carris raised a total of $9,388.


In 2010, Carris received $3,750 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]


Carris raised $8,615 for the 2008 election.

His major contributors are listed below.[8]

Donor Amount
Bill Carris $5,000
Rutland County Democratic Committee $1,000
Vermont Association of Realtors $400
Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont $400

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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.[9] Here's how Carris 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


Carris and his wife Barbara Tracy have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Vermont State Senate Rutland District
Succeeded by
Eldred French (D)