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Robert Hartwell
Vermont Senate Bennington District
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 7
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Place of birthNew York City, NY
ProfessionLabor Attorney/Realtor
Office website
Campaign website
Robert M. Hartwell is a Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Bennington District. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. Hartwell announced June 4, 2014, that he would not be running for re-election in November.[1]


Hartwell has worked as an attorney. He has also served as acting judge for the Windsor Superior Court. He was a realtor for Wells Real Estate and also on the labor counsel for American Can Company.

Hartwell served on Dorset Selectboard from 2001 to 2004.

Committee assignments


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

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Natural Resources and Energy, Chair
Corrections Oversight
Administrative Rules
Legislative Information Technology, Vice-chair


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


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



See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Hartwell won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Bennington District. Hartwell was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]


See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2010

Hartwell ran for re-election to the 3rd District Seat (Bennington District) in 2010. He ran against Richard Sears in the primary. He defeated Patricia Blair (R), Gerald Woodard (R), and Craig Hill (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[2]

Vermont State Senate, Bennington District, General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dick Sears (D) 8,615
Green check mark transparent.png Bob Hartwell(D) 6,655
Gerald Woodard (R) 4,252
Patricia Blair (R) 4,001
Craig Hill (I) 866


On November 4, 2008, Hartwell won re-election by finishing second for the two-seat Bennington District of the Vermont State Senate, receiving 8,975 votes behind Democrat Richard Sears (12,097) and ahead of Republicans Gerald Woodward (5,166) and Ruth Harvie (4,987) and write-ins (34).[2]

Hartwell raised $5,795 for his campaign, against $10,745 by Sears, $5,700 by Woodward, and $6,270 by Harvie.[3]

Vermont State Senate, Bennington District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Sears (D) 12,097
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Hartwell (D) 8,975
Gerald Woodward (R) 5,166
Ruth Harvie (R) 4,987
Write-ins 34

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hartwell is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Hartwell raised a total of $23,605 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[4]

Robert Hartwell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State Senate, District Bennington Won $9,955
2010 Vermont State Senate, District Bennington Won $7,855
2008 Vermont State Senate, District Bennington Won $5,795
Grand Total Raised $23,605


Hartwell won re-election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hartwell raised a total of $9,955.
Vermont State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert Hartwell's campaign in 2012
Hauben, Ben$2,000
Unreadable, Unreadable$2,000
Wirburn, Patrick$500
Weissman, Edward J$500
Vermont Association of Realtors$400
Total Raised in 2012$9,955
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Hartwell received $7,855 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Vermont State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert Hartwell's campaign in 2010
Chinn, Austin$700
Association Of Vermont Credit Unions$300
Windburn, D Patrick$250
Federal Express$250
Total Raised in 2010 $7,855


Hartwell raised $5,795 for the 2008 election, with most of it ($4,295) in unitemized contributions.

His major contributors are listed below.[6]

Donor Amount
Austin Chinn $500
Federal Express $300
Patrick Winburn $250
Charles Lee $250
Vermont Renewable Energy $200

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.[7] Here's how Hartwell 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
Y N N Y Y Y N Y Absent


Hartwell has a wife, Lynda.

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