Difference between revisions of "Peter Shumlin"

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
(expand intro)
(career donors)
Line 24: Line 24:
|Pension =
|Pension =
|Last election = [[Vermont gubernatorial election, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
|Last election = [[Vermont gubernatorial election, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
|Campaign $=3025853
|Appointed =
|Appointed =
|Appointed by =
|Appointed by =
Line 149: Line 150:
==Campaign donors==
==Campaign donors==
{{Comprehensive donor history
|Editdate= May 8, 2013
|link= <ref> [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=1099 ''Follow the Money,'' " Career fundraising for Peter Shumlin,"  accessed May 8, 2013]</ref>
|party= Democratic
|office2012=Governor of Vermont
|office2010= Governor of Vermont
|office2008=VT State Senate
|office2006=VT State Senate
|office2002=VT Lieutenant Governor
|office2000=VT State Senate
|office1998=VT State Senate
|office1996=VT State Senate
{{SEO donor box 2012
{{SEO donor box 2012

Revision as of 19:39, 8 May 2013

Peter Shumlin
Governor of Vermont
In office
January 6, 2011 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 4
PredecessorJim Douglas (R)
Democratic Governors Association Chair
Base salary$142,542
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,025,853
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Vermont State Senate
1992–2002, 2006–2011
Date of birthMarch 24, 1956
Place of birthBrattleboro, VT
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Peter Shumlin (b. March 24, 1956 in Brattleboro, Vermont) is the 81st and current Governor of Vermont. A Democrat, he was first elected in 2010 and won re-election on November 6, 2012. Shumlin easily defeated state Sen. Randy Brock (R) in the 2012 race by a margin of 57.8 percent to 37.6 percent.[1]

In December 2012, Shumlin was elected to serve as head of the Democratic Governors Association for 2013, replacing Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.[2]

Shumlin was previously a Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate from 1992 to 2002 and 2007 to 2010, representing Windham County. He served as President Pro Tempore in his second Senate term.[3]

During his time in the legislature Shumlin led the movement to legalize same-sex marriage. When he was campaigning for governor he promised to perform the marriage of a lesbian couple if he was elected. He kept the promise, marrying the couple in his office in 2011.[4]

Shumlin is eligible for re-election in 2014. He has yet to say if he plans to run.


Shumlin's political experience began with his service as Chair on the Board of Selectman. He served in the Vermont State House of Representatives from 1990 to 1992 upon a gubernatorial appointment to fill a vacancy. He then served in the Vermont State Senate from 1992 to 2002. In 1994, he was elected President Pro Tempore of the Senate. This led to spot on the Democratic gubernatorial ticket in 2002 as the lt. governor candidate. Instead, Republican Brian Dubie prevailed.

Shumlin took a respite from public life and spent the next three years running the family business, Putney Student Travel. When his successor in the Senate retired, Shumlin ran for his old seat. He joined the senate again in 2007 and has served in that position since. Shumlin represents Windham County. In the fall of 2009, he announced he would run for governor. He survived a five way primary that took days to sort out after initial reports were close enough to trigger recounts.

Shumlin has worked as both an educator and dairy farmer. He has his brother, Jeff, still run the travel business founded by their parents, George and Kitty, six decades ago. Putney travel facilitates middle school and high school students undertaking academic travel abroad. Last summer, over 1,300 students participated in 50 global locations.

Peter has two teenage daughters, Olivia and Rebbecca, with his wife, Deborah. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors and still works at the dairy farm where he is a partner.


  • Wesleyan University, B.A., 1979.
  • Buxton School

Political career

Governor of Vermont (2011-present)

Shumlin was elected Governor of Vermont on November 2, 2010. He succeeded Republican incumbent Jim Douglas, who did not run for re-election to a fifth two-year term. Shumlin won re-election in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Democratic Governors Association Chairmanship

On December 4, 2012, just shy of one month after he won re-election to a second term as governor, Shumlin was elected chairman of the Democratic Governors Association at the organization's annual meeting in Los Angeles, California. He ran unopposed and with the support of outgoing chairman, Governor of Maryland Martin O'Malley. Shumlin's election marks the continuation of the tradition of Vermont governors chairing national gubernatorial associations, a line which includes former governors Richard Snelling, Howard Dean, and Jim Douglas. His decision to take on the leadership role also indicates he is confident about being re-elected to a third term in 2014. Vermont governors are up for election every two years.[5]

Vermont State Senate (1992–2002, 2006–2011)

Before being elected governor in 2010, Shumlin was a Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate from 2007 to 2010 and from 1992 to 2002, representing Windham County. He served as President Pro Tempore in his second Senate term.[6]

Committee assignments



See also: Vermont gubernatorial election, 2014

Shumlin is eligible to run for re-election as Governor of Vermont in 2014. He has not yet made his intentions in the race known.


See also: Vermont gubernatorial election, 2012

Shumlin won re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the August 28th primary election and defeated four challengers in the general election: Randy Brock (R), Emily Peyton (I), Cris Ericson (United States Marijuana), and Dave Eagle (Liberty Union).[7] The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[8][1]

Governor of Vermont General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Shumlin Incumbent 57.8% 170,749
     Republican Randy Brock 37.6% 110,940
     Independent Emily Peyton 2% 5,868
     United States Marijuana Cris Ericson 1.9% 5,583
     Liberty Union Dave Eagle 0.4% 1,303
     Independent Write-in 0.3% 969
Total Votes 295,412
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.


Shumlin's 2012 re-election campaign was endorsed by:

  • The Vermont National Education Association, the state's largest union.[9]
  • Professional Fire Fighters Association of Vermont[10]
  • Mayors of Barre, St. Albans, Newport, Winooski, Burlington, Montpelier and Rutland.[11]


See also: Vermont gubernatorial election, 2010

Shumlin won election as Governor of Vermont in 2010, succeeding Republican incumbent Jim Douglas, who did not run for re-election to a fifth two-year term.

The August 24 primary election was too close to call. It eventually resulted in a recount between Shumlin and second place finisher Douglas Racine. Racine conceded the race on September 10, when the recount saw Shumlin expand his lead.

Shumlin defeated Brian Dubie (R) and six other challengers in the general election on November 2.


On November 4, 2008, Shumlin won re-election by finishing first for the two-seat Windham District of the Vermont State Senate, receiving 14,866 votes ahead of Democrat Jeanette White (13,531), Liberty Union candidate Aaron Diamondstone (2,464), and write-ins (219).[12]

Shumlin raised $3,350 for his campaign.[13]

Vermont State Senate, Windham District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peter Shumlin (D) 14,866
Green check mark transparent.png Jeanette White (D) 13,531
Aaron Diamondstone (LU) 2,464
Write-ins 219

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Shumlin is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Shumlin raised a total of $3,025,852 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 8, 2013.[14]

Peter Shumlin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of Vermont Won $1,263,986
2010 Governor of Vermont Won $1,494,358
2008 VT State Senate Won $3,350
2006 VT State Senate Won $3,882
2002 VT Lieutenant Governor Defeated $249,129
2000 VT State Senate Won $700
1998 VT State Senate Won $10,447
1996 VT State Senate Won $0
Grand Total Raised $3,025,852


Shumlin won re-election to the position of Governor of Vermont in 2012. During that election cycle, Shumlin raised a total of $1,263,986.


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Peter Shumlin's donors each year.[15] Click [show] for more information.

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Peter + Shumlin + Vermont + Governor"

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

  • Loading...

See also

External links

Suggest a link


Political offices
Preceded by
Vermont State Senate - Windham District
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jim Douglas (R)
Governor of Vermont
Succeeded by