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Tess Taylor
Vermont House of Representatives, Washington 3
Former member
In office
2009 - 2014
House Assistant Majority Leader
ProfessionGen. Manager, Vermont Granite Museum
Therese M. "Tess" Taylor (b. April 28, 1958) is a former Democratic member of the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Washington-3. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008 and announced her resignation March 21, 2014. She served as House Assistant Majority Leader in 2013.[1]


Taylor earned her B.A. in Business Administration from St. Michael's College in 1980.

Taylor has worked as the Executive Director of the Pine Street Arts & Business Association. From 2001 to 2003, she was the Executive Director of Studio Place Arts. She has worked for Vermont Granite Museum as the General Manager since 2003.

She is currently a member of the Spaulding School Board.

Committee assignments


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

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Forest Products


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


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



See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2012

Taylor won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont House of Representatives Washington 3. Taylor was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and won re-election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Vermont House of Representatives, Washington 3 District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTess Taylor Incumbent 36.3% 1,696
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Poirier Incumbent 38.1% 1,778
     Republican John Santorello 25.5% 1,192
Total Votes 4,666


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2010

Taylor ran for re-election to the Washington 3-2 District in 2010. She defeated Kristin Sohlstrom (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[2]

Vermont House of Representatives, Washington 3-2 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tess Taylor (D) 598
Kristin Sohlstrom (R) 511

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Taylor is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Taylor raised a total of $8,259 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 24, 2013.[3]

Tess Taylor's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State House, District Washington-3 Won $4,604
2010 Vermont State House, District Washington-3-2 Won $3,655
Grand Total Raised $8,259


Taylor won re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Taylor raised a total of $4,604.


In 2010, a year in which Taylor was up for election, she collected $3,655 in donations.[4]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

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.[5] Here's how Taylor 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
Absent N N Y Y N N Y N

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