Cynthia Browning

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Cynthia Browning
Vermont House of Representatives, Bennington 4
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 8
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionExecutive Director, Vermont Country Store
Office website
Cynthia M. Browning (b. April 18, 1953) is a Democratic member of the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Bennington-4. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006.


Browning earned her B.A. in Social Sciences from Bennington College in 1979. She went on to receive her M.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1982. She then earned her Ph.D. in Economics in 1989.

Browning has worked as an Economics Professor for Williams College, Smith College, and Bates College. She then worked as a Consultant for Batten Kill Watershed Alliance from 2003 to 2004. She has been Executive Director for the Vermont Country Store since 2002.

Browning has served as a Selectboard Member on the Arlington Selectboard since 2004.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Browning served on the following committees:

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2015
Corrections and Institutions


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Browning served on the following committees:


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Browning 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. Bennington-4 has two state representatives. Incumbent Cynthia Browning and Steve Berry were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Tony Dupont was unopposed on the Republican primary ballot, however, Judy Livingston led a successful write-in campaign to earn a place on the general election ballot as the second Republican contender.[1][2][3][4] Browning and Berry defeated Dupont and Livingston in the November general election.[5]

Vermont House of Representatives Bennington-4 District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCynthia Browning Incumbent 30.1% 1,404
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Berry 27.8% 1,295
     Republican Judy Livingston 26.2% 1,222
     Republican Tony Dupont 15.8% 736
Total Votes 4,657


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2012

Browning won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont House of Representatives Bennington 4. Browning was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2010

Browning ran for re-election to the Bennington 5 District in 2010. She defeated Carlynann Ackermann (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Vermont House of Representatives, Bennington 5 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Cynthia Browning (D) 902
Carlynann Ackermann (R) 648

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Browning is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Browning raised a total of $16,633 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 21, 2013.[7]

Cynthia Browning's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State House, District Bennington-5 Won $0
2010 Vermont State House, District Bennington-5 Won $16,633
Grand Total Raised $16,633


Browning won re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Browning raised a total of $0.


In 2010, a year in which Browning was up for re-election, she collected $1,633 in donations.[8]

Her largest contributor in 2010 was:


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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 Browning 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

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