|Vermont Senate Bennington District|
|1993 - present|
|January 2, 2013|
|Years in position||20|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 3, 1992|
|Next election||November 6, 2012|
|Bachelor's||University of Vermont|
|Birthday||April 22, 1943|
|Place of birth||Framingham, MA|
|Profession||Co-Director, Youth Program|
Sears has served in the Vermont State Senate since 1993. He represents Bennington County.
Sears was the Co-Director for 204-206 Depot Residential Programs for Troubled Youth.
Sears earned his BA from the University of Vermont in 1969.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sears has been appointed to these committees:
- Appropriations, Vice Chair
- Joint Committee on Corrections Oversight
- Joint Fiscal Committee
- Joint Committee on Judicial Rules
- Judiciary, Chair
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sears served on these committees:
- See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2010
Sears ran for re-election to the 3rd District Seat (Bennington District) in 2010. He ran against Robert Hartwell in the primary. In the general election he defeated Patricia Blair (R), Gerald Woodard (R), and Craig Hill (I) on November 2, 2010.
|Vermont State Senate, Bennington District, General Election (2010)|
|Dick Sears (D)||8,615|
|Gerald Woodard (R)||4,252|
|Patricia Blair (R)||4,001|
|Craig Hill (I)||866|
On November 4, 2008, Sears won re-election by finishing first for the two-seat Bennington District of the Vermont State Senate, receiving 12,097 votes ahead of Democrat Robert Hartwell (8,975), Republicans Gerald Woodward (5,166) and Ruth Harvie (4,987), and write-ins (34).
Sears raised $10,745 for his campaign, against $5,795 by Hartwell, $5,700 by Woodward, and $6,270 by Harvie.
|Vermont State Senate, Bennington District|
|Richard Sears (D)||12,097|
|Robert Hartwell (D)||8,975|
|Gerald Woodward (R)||5,166|
|Ruth Harvie (R)||4,987|
Sears raised $10,745 for the 2008 election.
His major contributors are listed below.
|Corrections Corporation of America||$500|
|Vermont Association of Realtors||$400|
|Vermont State Dental Society||$250|
|Vermont Retail Lumber Dealers Association||$250|
|Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC||$250|
Sears has a wife, Beverly.
- Biography from the Vermont Secretary of State website
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996
- Sen. Sears on State Surge
- List of Vermont Senators
|Vermont State Senate - Bennington District
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