Chuck Ross

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Chuck Ross
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Vermont Secretary of Agriculture
In office
January 6, 2011 - Present
Years in position 4
Base salary$115,606
Elections and appointments
AppointedJanuary 6, 2011
Appointed byGov. Peter Shumlin (D)
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy's State Director
Vermont State Legislature
Bachelor'sUniversity of Vermont (1978)
Master'sUniversity of Washington (1982)
Office website
Chuck Ross is the current Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Food & Markets. He was first appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin on January 6, 2011.


Ross is the son of a seventh generation Vermonter. His family owned an orchard on Lake Champlain, raised trotters, and owned a wood lot. He worked for both his family's 500 acre square-baled hay business in Hinesburg and a family farm in Iowa on land owned by his mother's family.[1]


  • B.A. in Geography, University of Vermont, 1978
  • M.A. in Geography, University of Washington, 1982

Political career

Vermont Secretary of Agriculture (2011-present)

Ross has served as Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Food & Markets since January 2011.

Sen. Leahy's State Director (1996 - 2011)

Ross served 16 years as Senator Patrick Leahy's state director. As Leahy served on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Ross has extensive experience working with price supports for agriculture, dairy, and other farming issues.

Vermont House of Representatives (1990 - 1996)

Ross served in the Vermont House of Representatives as a representative from Hinesburg.



Ross was appointed as Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Food & Markets by Governor Peter Shumlin on January 6, 2011.[2]

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Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Food & Markets
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