Sally Fox

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Sally Fox
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Vermont Senate Chittenden District
Former member
In office
2011 - January 9, 2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin
J.D.SUNY Law School
Date of birthJanuary 30, 1951
Place of birthOmaha, NE
Office website
Campaign website
Sally G. Fox was a Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Chittenden District. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Fox passed away January 10, 2014.[1]


Fox obtained a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from the State University of New York Law School.

An attorney by trade, Fox worked in the public sector over a decade before turning to politics. She began her career as an attorney with the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Law Project, and later went on to serve as Director of Family Court Operations for the Vermont Supreme Court. She also worked as a Policy Director for Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and a coordinator for the City of Burlington Offender Reentry Program.

Committee assignments


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

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Health and Welfare, Vice chair
Health Care Oversight
Corrections Oversight


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


Campaign themes


Fox's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Public Education
Excerpt: "I have spent much of my career advocating for educational opportunity. I began as an advocate for pre-school programs, and most recently have worked in the Statehouse on behalf of the state college system."
  • Budget
Excerpt: "The Vermont budget is a reflection of the priorities of our state. Tax dollars support programs that benefit all Vermonters – public safety, building roads and telecommunications networks, providing education, and environmental protection. One of the most crucial functions of government is to protect and support our most vulnerable citizens."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "Vermont passed legislation in the last biennium [sic], ( Act 48 and Act 171) that sets the state on the road to universal access to health care as a human right. The law utilizes the federal Affordable Care Act to set up mechanisms to purchase health insurance through a Health Benefit Exchange, and offer subsidies to keep coverage affordable."
  • The Economy
Excerpt: "Vermont’s economy has fared better many other states in this economic crisis, but our challenge is still enormous. The state budget must be reduced, and many families are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Everyone in Vermont should be able to have a job with a livable wage, health insurance and the ability to send their kids to college."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "A sustainable and responsible energy policy is critical to Vermont’s economic development yet must also preserve our environment. We can do more to prioritize energy conservation and lessen the overall demand for fuel. Investments in renewable energy in state buildings can reduce state operating costs and support Vermont businesses."



See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Fox won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Chittenden District. Fox advanced past the August 28 Democratic primary and won election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Vermont State Senate, Chittenden District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy Ashe Incumbent 16.3% 9,150
Green check mark transparent.pngVirginia Lyons Incumbent 15.8% 8,873
Green check mark transparent.pngSally Fox Incumbent 15.2% 8,558
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Zuckerman 13.9% 7,838
Green check mark transparent.pngPhilip Baruth Incumbent 12.2% 6,859
Green check mark transparent.pngDebbie Ingram 9% 5,068
Peter Hunt 8.2% 4,595
Ed Adrian 6.4% 3,629
Loyal Ploof 3% 1,696
Total Votes 56,266


See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2010

Fox was elected to the 7th District Seat (Chittenden District) in 2010. She ran against Virginia Lyons (D), Hinda Miller (D), Philip Baruth (D), Timothy Ashe (D), Frank Geier (D), and Andy Montroll (D) in the primary. She defeated Annette Roque Renaud (R), Dennis Bedard (R), Shelley Palmer (R), Mike Branon (R), Richard Jeroloman (I), Steve Laible (I), Mikey Van Gulden (I), Andy Montroll (D), and Larkin Forney (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Vermont State Senate, Chittenden District, General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Virginia Lyons (D) 28,605
Green check mark transparent.png Sally Fox (D) 27,448
Green check mark transparent.png Diane Snelling (R) 26,358
Green check mark transparent.png Tim Ashe (D) 25,656
Green check mark transparent.png Hinda Miller (D) 25,391
Green check mark transparent.png Philip Baruth (D) 25,179
Andy Montroll (D) 23,464
Charlie Smith (R) 19,498
Mike Brannon (R) 17,532
Dennis Bedard (R) 16,266
Shelley Palmer (R) 14,369
Mikey Van Gulden (I) 3,569
Steve Laible (I) 2,551
Richard "Terry" Jeroloman (I) 1,934
Larkin Forney (Justice for Vermonters) 1,685

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fox is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Fox raised a total of $54,556 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[5]

Sally Fox's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State Senate, District Chittenden Won $18,158
2010 Vermont State Senate, District Chittenden Won $36,398
Grand Total Raised $54,556


Fox won re-election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Fox raised a total of $18,158.


In 2010, the year Fox first won election to the Senate, she collected $36,398 in donations.[6]

Her five largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Sally Fox $10,700
Jacob Sirotkin $3,000
Jesse Sirotkin $3,000
Andy (last name illegible) $2,000
Joe Sirotkin $2,000

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 Allen 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 Absent Y Y N


Fox died January 10, 2014, after battling a rare sarcoma in her lungs for two years. She is survived by her husband, Michael Sirotkin, and sons, Jacob and Jesse.[1]

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