John Rodgers

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John Rodgers
Vermont State Senate Essex-Orleans District
In office
January 9, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Vermont House of Representatives Orleans-Caledonia 1
AssociatesNew Hampshire Vocational Technical College, 1985
Date of birthJuly 29, 1965
Place of birthSt. Albans, VT
ProfessionStone Mason
Office website
Campaign website
John S. Rodgers is a Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Essex-Orleans District. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

He previously served in the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Orleans-Caledonia-1 from 2009 to 2010.


Rodgers received his Associate's Degree from New Hampshire Vocational Technical College in 1985.

Rodgers is a Stone Mason.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2015
Institutions, Vice-Chair
Natural Resources and Energy


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


Campaign themes


Rodgers's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Agriculture
Excerpt: "in its many forms, from large to small/dairy, beef, animal, tree, fruit, vegetable and all other"
  • Business
Excerpt: "especially small business which provides so many jobs around the state. I believe we need to encourage start ups that plan to provide employment especially manufacturers of durable goods"
  • Tourism
Excerpt: "I grew up on a farm that took in guest for farm vacations, a business that my grandmother started in the 1960s. Though some discount tourism as a low income employer, I know better. Tourism drives many different businesses and provides a broad range of employment. It also brings in a huge amount of money for the state."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Quality public education for our children and for our future."
  • Health care
Excerpt: "affordable healthcare for all Vermonters"



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. Essex-Orleans has two state senators. Incumbents Robert Starr and John Rodgers were unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Marcia Horne was unopposed in the Republican primary. Starr and Rodgers defeated Horne in the general election.[1]

Vermont State Senate Essex-Orleans District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert A. Starr* Incumbent 43.2% 7,168
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn S. Rodgers Incumbent 34.5% 5,717
     Republican Marcia Horne 22.3% 3,703
Total Votes 16,588

*Starr appeared on the ballot as both a Democratic and Republican nominee.


See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Rodgers won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Essex-Orleans District. Rodgers advanced past the August 28 Democratic primary and won re-election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Vermont State Senate, Essex-Orleans District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Starr Incumbent 30.6% 8,228
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Rodgers 27.4% 7,379
     Republican Jay Dudley 15.2% 4,087
     Republican Robert Lewis 26.9% 7,234
Total Votes 26,928
Vermont State Senate, Essex-Orleans District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Starr Incumbent 41% 976
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Rodgers 37.1% 885
James Guyette 21.9% 522
Total Votes 2,383


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2010

Rodgers ran for re-election to the Orleans-Caledonia 1 District in 2010. He ran against Sam Young (D), Linda Johnson (R), Vicki Strong (R), and Nancy Potak (P) in the general election on November 2, 2010. According to unofficial results Rodgers lost, but as of November 15 a recount is pending.[2]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rodgers is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Rodgers raised a total of $16,259 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[3]

John Rodgers's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State Senate, District Essex-Orleans Won $16,259
Grand Total Raised $16,259


Rodgers won election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Rodgers raised a total of $16,259.


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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.

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Rodgers and his wife, Brenda Brown, have two children.

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