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Claire Ayer

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Claire Ayer
Vermont Senate Addison District
In office
2003 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 12
Base salary$604.79/week
Per diem$162/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMiddlebury College
OtherJeanne Mance School of Nursing
Date of birthSeptember 21, 1948
Place of birthQuincy, MA
ProfessionBoard Director
Office website
Claire Ayer (b. September 21, 1948) is a Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Addison District. She was first elected to the chamber in 2002.


Ayer earned her NR from Jeanne Mance School of Nursing in 1969. She went on to receive her BA in Environmental Studies.

Ayer worked as a registered nurse for Middlebury Obstetrics-Gynecology. She has worked as a director on the board for Otter Creek Natural Resources Conservation District since 1992.

Committee assignments


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

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Operations
Health and Welfare, Chair
Rules, Vice-chair
Health Care Oversight, Chair


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


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



See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Ayer won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Addison District. Ayer was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and won re-election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1]

Vermont State Senate, Addison District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngClaire Ayer Incumbent 46.3% 12,925
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Bray 35.5% 9,904
     Independent Robert Wagner 18.1% 5,059
Total Votes 27,888


See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2010

Ayer defeated Andrea Ochs (R), Mark Young (R), and Robert Wagner (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010. She ran for re-election to the 1st District Seat (Addison District) in 2010. She was unopposed in the primary.[2]

Vermont State Senate, Addison District General Election 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Claire Ayer (D) 9,520
Green check mark transparent.png Harold Giard (D) 7,369
Andrea Ochs (R) 4,252
Mark Young (R) 6,991
Robert Wagner (I) 1,128


On November 4, 2008, Ayer won re-election by finishing first for the two-seat Addison District of the Vermont State Senate, receiving 15,960 votes ahead of Democrat Harold Giard (13,955) and write-ins (337).[3]

Ayer raised $6,012 for her campaign.[4]

Vermont State Senate, Addison District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Claire Ayer (D) 15,960
Green check mark transparent.png Harold Giard (D) 13,955
Write-ins 337

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Ayer received $8,102 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Vermont State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Claire Ayer's campaign in 2010
Ayer, Claire$485
Vermont Association Of Realtors$400
Patient Choices Vermont Victory Fund$350
Vermont State Dental Society$300
Association Of Vermont Credit Unions$300
Total Raised in 2010 $8,102


Ayer raised $6,012 for the 2008 election, with most of it ($4,962) from unitemized contributions.

Her major contributors are listed below.[6]

Donor Amount
Richard Forte $250
Vermont Troopers Foundation $200
John Lord $200
Sue and Charlie Grigg $200
James Maroney, Jr. $200


Ayer and her husband Alan have three children.

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