Eldred French

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Eldred French
Vermont State Senate, Rutland District
Former member
In office
January 22, 2013 - 2015
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
AppointedJanuary 18, 2013
Appointed byPeter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Vermont House of Representatives, Rutland 3
2009 - 2013
Eldred French (b. April 19, 1946) is a former Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Rutland District from January 22, 2013, to 2015. He was appointed to replace Bill Carris, who resigned for health reasons in December 2012.[1]

French is a former member of the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Rutland-3 from 2009 to 2013.


French earned his B.A. from Tufts University in 1968.

French has worked as owner/operator of Acorn Tree Service since 1975. He is an arborist.

French has also served as Town Moderator for the Town of Cuttingsville.

Committee assignments


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

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Operations


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, French 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. Rutland has three state senators. Incumbent Eldred French, William Tracy Carris and Anissa Delauri were unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Kevin Mullin, incumbent Peg Flory and Brian Collamore were unopposed in the Republican primary. Kelly Socia ran as a Vermont Politically Incorrect Party candidate.[2][3][4][5] Collamore, Flory and Mullin defeated French, Carris, Delauri, and Socia in the general election.[6]

Vermont State Senate Rutland District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeg Flory Incumbent 21.3% 10,213
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin J. Mullin Incumbent 20.7% 9,932
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian P. Collamore 19.3% 9,275
     Democratic William Tracy Carris 15.3% 7,362
     Democratic Eldred French Incumbent 11.8% 5,651
     Democratic Anissa Delauri 8.5% 4,091
     Independent Kelly Socia 3.2% 1,528
Total Votes 48,052


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2012

French ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont House of Representatives Rutland-Windsor 2. French was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and was defeated by incumbent Dennis Devereux (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

Vermont House of Representatives, Rutland-Windsor 2 District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Devereux Incumbent 54.4% 1,346
     Democratic Eldred French Incumbent 45.6% 1,127
Total Votes 2,473


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2010

French ran for re-election to the Rutland 3 District in 2010. He defeated Nelson Tift (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Vermont House of Representatives, Rutland 3 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Eldred French (D) 985
Nelson Tift (R) 709

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which French was up for election, he collected $337 in donations.[8]


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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.[9] Here's how French 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


French is married and has three children.

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