Mark MacDonald

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Mark MacDonald
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Vermont Senate Orange District
Incumbent
In office
2003 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Vermont State Senate, Orange District
1996-1998
Vermont House of Representatives
1983-1984
Education
Bachelor'sClark University
OtherNorwich University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1968-1970
Personal
BirthdayDecember 18, 1942
Place of birthMiddletown, CT
ProfessionFarmer/Teacher
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Mark A. MacDonald (b. December 18, 1942) is a Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Orange District. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996. He did not get re-elected in 1998, but returned to the chamber after being elected in 2002.

MacDonald served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1983 to 1984.

Biography

MacDonald earned his B.A. from Clark University in 1972. He went on to earn his Teacher Certification from Norwich University from 1975 to 1976.

MacDonald has worked as a farmer and a teacher in the past. He also served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance, Vice-chair
Natural Resources and Energy
Joint Energy
Administrative Rules, Vice-chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Vermont State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 26, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 12, 2014. Incumbent Mark MacDonald was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Robert Frenier is unopposed in the Republican primary. MacDonald will face Frenier in the general election.[1]

2012

See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

MacDonald won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Orange District. MacDonald defeated Tig Tillinghast in the August 28 Democratic primary and unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Vermont State Senate, Orange District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark MacDonald Incumbent 71.8% 1,708
Tig Tillinghast 28.2% 671
Total Votes 2,379

2010

See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2010

MacDonald ran for re-election to the 19th District Seat (Orange District) in 2010. He ran unopposed in the primary. He defeated Stephen Webster (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[2]

Vermont State Senate, Orange District, General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark A. MacDonald (D) '4,524 Stephen W. Webster (R) 3,517

2008

On November 4, 2008, MacDonald won re-election by finishing first for the single-seat Orange District of the Vermont State Senate, receiving 7,397 votes ahead of Constitution Party candidate Charlie Russell (2,691) and write-ins (21).[2]

MacDonald raised $1,925 for his campaign.[3]

Vermont State Senate, Orange District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark MacDonald (D) 7,397
Charlie Russell (Constitution) 2,691
Write-ins 21

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for MacDonald is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, MacDonald raised a total of $14,781 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[4]

Mark MacDonald's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State Senate, District Orange Won $10,246
2010 Vermont State Senate, District Orange Won $2,610
2008 Vermont State Senate, District Orange Won $1,925
Grand Total Raised $14,781

2012

MacDonald won re-election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, MacDonald raised a total of $10,246.
Vermont State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark MacDonald's campaign in 2012
International Brotherhood Of Teamsters$1,500
Macdonald, Mark A$774
Mudge, Dr G H$500
Vermont Education Association$400
Vermont Association Of Realtors$400
Total Raised in 2012$10,246
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, MacDonald received $2,610 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Vermont State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark MacDonald's campaign in 2010
Patient Choices Vermont Victory Fund$350
Association Of Vermont Credit Unions$300
Vermont Trial Lawyers Association$250
Vermont Fund For Families$200
Bard, Barbara$200
Total Raised in 2010 $2,610

2008

MacDonald raised $1,925 for the 2008 election.

His major contributors are listed below.[6]

Donor Amount
Janet Strauss $1,000
Association of Vermont Credit Unions $300

Scorecards

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2013-2014

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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2011-2012

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

2011-2012

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.[7] Here's how MacDonald 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
N N N Y Y Y Y Y N

Personal

MacDonald and his wife, Roberta Pilk, have three children.

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