Deborah Markowitz

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Deborah Markowitz
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Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources
Incumbent
In office
January 2011 - Present
Years in position 3
PartyNon-partisan
Compensation
Base salary$121,701
Elections and appointments
AppointedJanuary 2011
Appointed byGovernor of Vermont
Campaign $$808,319
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Vermont Secretary of State
1999 - 2011
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Vermont (1983)
J.D.Georgetown University Law Center (1987)
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 14, 1961
Place of birthTarrytown, New York
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Deborah "Deb" Markowitz (born September 14, 1961, in Tarrytown, New York) is the current Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources. She was first appointed to the position by Governor Peter Shumlin in January 2011. She was previously a Democratic Vermont Secretary of State and a candidate for governor in the 2010 election.[1][2]

Biography

A Vermont native, Markowitz earned a B.A. in philosophy and political science from the University of Vermont and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Shortly after law school, she returned to her home state and served as a law clerk for Justice Louis Peck on the Vermont Supreme Court for a year beginning in 1987. She then joined the law firm of Langrock, Sperry, Parker, & Wool in 1988 as an attorney and remained there until 1990. When the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) established its Municipal Law Center, Deborah was appointed as the institution’s first director. At the same time she served as an adjunct professor at both Woodbury College and Vermont Law School.

Markowitz has served in a number of other roles, including:

Education

  • BA, Philosophy and political science, University of Vermont (1983)
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center (1987)

Political career

Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources (2011 - Present)

Markowitz is the Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources. She was first appointed to the position by Governor Peter Shumlin in January 2011.

Vermont Secretary of State (1999 - 2011)

Markowitz served as the Vermont Secretary of State from 1999-2011.

Elections

2010

See also: Vermont gubernatorial election, 2010

A month after filing the proper paperwork to set the foundation for her campaign, Markowitz formally announced her entry into the state's gubernatorial contest on March 8, 2009.[2] She faced off against four other candidates - State Senate President Pro Tempore Peter Shumlin, State Senator Douglas Racine, State Senator Susan Bartlett, and former State Senator Matt Dunne - vying for the Democratic nomination but fell to Shumlin, who went on to win the general election.

Deb Markowitz for Vermont Campaign logo
2010 Race for Governor - Democratic Primary[3]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Peter Shumlin 24.8%
     Democratic Party Douglas A. Racine 24.6%
     Democratic Party Deborah Markowitz 23.9%
     Democratic Party Matt Dunne 20.8%
     Democratic Party Susan Barlett 5.1%
     Write-In 0.8%
Total Votes 73,576

2008

  • 2008 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary[4]
    • Deborah Markowitz ran unopposed in this contest

On November 4, 2008, Deb Markowitz won re-election to the office of Secretary of State of Vermont. She defeated Eugene J. Bifano (R), Marjorie Power (Progressive) and Leslie Marmorale (Liberty Union) in the general election.

Secretary of State of Vermont, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDeb Markowitz Incumbent 70.9% 214,197
     Republican Eugene J. Bifano 23.2% 70,114
     Progressive Marjorie Power 4.6% 13,856
     Liberty Union Leslie Marmorale 1.3% 3,871
     Write-In Various 0.1% 185
Total Votes 302,223
Election Results Via: Vermont Secretary of State

2006

On November 7, 2006, Deb Markowitz won re-election to the office of Secretary of State of Vermont. She defeated Cheryl Moomey (R) and Boots Wardinski (Liberty Union) in the general election.

Secretary of State of Vermont, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDeb Markowitz Incumbent 72.7% 184,914
     Republican Cheryl Moomey 25.4% 64,508
     Liberty Union Boots Wardinski 1.9% 4,827
     Write-In Various 0.1% 144
Total Votes 254,393
Election Results Via: Vermont Secretary of State

2004

On November 2, 2004, Deb Markowitz won re-election to the office of Secretary of State of Vermont. She ran unopposed in the general election.

Secretary of State of Vermont, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic/Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDeb Markowitz Incumbent 99.4% 270,744
     Write-In Various 0.6% 1,737
Total Votes 272,481
Election Results Via: Vermont Secretary of State

2002

On November 5, 2002, Deborah Markowitz won re-election to the office of Secretary of State of Vermont. She defeated Mike Bertrand (R), Leslie Yvonne Scaffidi (Liberty Union) and Tina M. Thompson (Vermont Grassroots) in the general election.

Secretary of State of Vermont, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDeborah Markowitz Incumbent 58.8% 131,469
     Republican Mike Bertrand 37.1% 82,905
     Liberty Union Leslie Yvonne Scaffidi 0.9% 1,968
     Vermont Grassroots Tina M. Thompson 3.2% 7,166
     Write-In Various 0.1% 113
Total Votes 223,621
Election Results Via: Vermont Secretary of State

2000

  • 2000 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary
  • Deborah Markowitz ran unopposed in this contest

On November 7, 2000, Deb Markowitz won re-election to the office of Secretary of State of Vermont. She defeated Larry Drown (R) and Leslie Yvonne Scaffidi (Liberty Union) in the general election.

Secretary of State of Vermont, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDeb Markowitz Incumbent 61.3% 170,403
     Republican Larry Drown 36.6% 101,783
     Liberty Union Leslie Yvonne Scaffidi 2% 5,650
     Write-In Various 0.1% 319
Total Votes 278,155
Election Results Via: Vermont Secretary of State

1998

1998 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary[5]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Deborah Markowitz 77.9%
     Democratic Party Stratton 18.8%
     Write-In 3.3%
Total Votes 16,197
1998 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[6]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Deborah Markowitz 47.8%
     Republican Party Milne 45.2%
     Independent Lane 3.9%
     Independent Richmond 2.9%
     Write-In 0.2%
Total Votes 204,082

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Markowitz is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Markowitz raised a total of $808,319 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 9, 2013.[7]

Deborah Markowitz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 Governor of Vermont Defeated $580,980
2008 VT Secretary of State Won $17,720
2006 VT Secretary of State Won $32,129
2004 VT Secretary of State Won $44,866
2002 VT Secretary of State Won $48,625
2000 VT Secretary of State Won $30,774
1998 VT Secretary of State Won $53,225
Grand Total Raised $808,319

2008

2008 Race for Secretary of State - Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $17,720
Total Raised by Primary Opponent N/A
Total Raised by Gen. Election Opponent $5,067
Top 5 Contributors Welch for Congress $2,000 (11.29% of Total)
Green Mountain PAC $2,000 (11.29%)
EMILY's List $1,000 (5.64%)
Deb Markowitz $1,000 (5.64%)
Jane and Bill Stetson $1,000 (5.64%)
Individuals v. Institutions $5,808 (32.8%)
$1,400 (7.9%)
In v. Outside State $10,508 (59.3%)
$1,700 (9.6%)

Personal

Deborah Markowitz resides in Montpelier, Vermont with her husband, Paul, and their three children - Aviva, Sandra, and Ari. She is a past recipient of the Aspen-Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership as well as the Archival Advocacy Award from the New England Archivists[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
James F. Milne
Vermont Secretary of State
1998–2010
Succeeded by
Jim Condos (D)
Preceded by
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Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources
2011-Present
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