Peter Shumlin

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Peter Shumlin
Governor of Vermont
In office
January 6, 2011 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 4
Democratic Governors Association Chair
Base salary$142,542
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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 Democratic Governor of Vermont. He was first elected in 2010 and recently won re-election on November 6, 2012. He was previously 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.[1]


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.[2]

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.[3]

Committee assignments



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).[4] The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

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.[7]
  • Professional Fire Fighters Association of Vermont[8]
  • Mayors of Barre, St. Albans, Newport, Winooski, Burlington, Montpelier and Rutland.[9]


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).[10]

Shumlin raised $3,350 for his campaign.[11]

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

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.[12] Click [show] for more information.

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Preceded by
Vermont State Senate - Windham District
Succeeded by