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Vermont House of Representatives

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General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2015 session start:   January 9, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
House Speaker:  Shap Smith, (D)
Majority Leader:   Lucy Leriche, (D)
Minority Leader:   Donald Turner, Jr., (R)
Members:  150
   Democratic Party (85)
Republican Party (53)
Progressive Party (5)
Independent (4)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Section 7 of the Legislative Department of the Vermont Constitution
Salary:   $604.79/week + per diem
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (150 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (150 seats)
Redistricting:  Vermont legislature has control
The Vermont House of Representatives is the lower house of the Vermont General Assembly. The State of Vermont legislative districting Service divides representing districts into 66 single-member districts and 42 two-member constituencies. Each member represents an average of 4,172 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 4,059 residents.[2] Representatives are elected to a two year term without term limits. The House meets in Representatives Hall at the Vermont State House in Montpelier.

As of May 2013, Vermont is one of 12 Democratic state government trifectas.


The Vermont State Legislature, which the House is a part of, meets for biennial sessions starting on odd numbered years on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January, pursuant to Section 7 of the Legislative Department of the Vermont Constitution. The opening date for even numbered years is established by the sitting legislature during the year prior.


See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature will be in session from January 9 through May 10 (estimated).

Major issues

Lawmakers will have to address a projected budget shortfall of $50-$70 million.They are also expected to take up physician assisted death, and marijuana decriminalization.[3]


See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House was in session from January 3 through May 5.


See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the House was in session from January 5 through mid May. [4]


See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the House was in session from January 5 to May 12.[5]



See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Vermont House of Representatives will be held in Vermont on November 6, 2012. All 150 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in the elections was June 14, 2012.


See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Vermont House of Representatives were held in Vermont on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was July 19, 2010 and the primary election day was on September 14, 2010.

In 2010, the candidates for state house raised a total of $615,441 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [6]


The Vermont Constitution states, "No person shall be elected a Representative or a Senator until the person has resided in this State two years, the last year of which shall be in the legislative district for which the person is elected."[7]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
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If there is a vacancy in the House, the Governor must select a replacement to fill the vacant seat.

The Governor must select a replacement that will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term. There are no deadlines set by statute on when a vacancy has to be filled[8] [9]


See also: Redistricting in Vermont

The Vermont Legislative Apportionment Board is tasked with drawing redistricting maps, but the Legislature must approve -- and can revise -- any plans. The Board is made up of a chairperson selected by the Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, and six members, two from each of the major parties (Democratic, Republican, Progressive).

2010 census

Vermont received its census data on February 10, 2011. The state grew by 2.8 percent. The most populous cities had mixed results: Burlington grew by 9.1 percent, Essex grew by 5.2 percent, South Burlington grew by 13.2 percent, Colchester grew by 0.5 percent, and Rutland decreased by 4.6 percent.[10]

The 2011 redistricting process was notable for a push to eliminate nearly all of the state's multi-member districts. Though a preliminary plan that achieved this end was passed by the Board, its final plan from August 11, 2011 only reduced the number of two-member districts from 42 to 29.

The Legislature took up redistricting in January 2012. Despite disagreements over deviation from ideal district size (18.2 percent for the Senate and 24 percent for the House), the Senate passed and the House concurred with a final plan, H. 789. The plan added a new seat in Burlington, and paired incumbents Dennis Devereux (R) and Eldred French (D). Governor Peter Shumlin (D) signed the maps into law on May 1, 2012.


Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of April 2015
     Democratic Party 85
     Republican Party 53
     Vermont Progressive Party 6
     Independent 6
Total 150


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Vermont Legislature are paid $604.79/week during session and $112/day for special sessions or interim committee meetings. Legislators who are non-commuters receive $101/day for lodging and $61/day for meals. Commuters receive $61/day for meals/mileage.[11]


Vermont does not provide pensions for legislators.[12]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Vermont legislators assume office the first Wednesday after the first Tuesday in January.


The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. [13]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Vermont House of Representatives
Office Representative Party
Speaker of the House Shap Smith Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Leader Willem Jewett Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Leader Tess Taylor Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Leader Donald Turner, Jr. Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Leader Brian Savage Ends.png Republican
State House Progressive Leader Christopher Pearson Progressive

Current members

Current Members, Vermont House of Representatives
District Representative Party Residence
Addison-1 Betty Nuovo Electiondot.png Democratic Middlebury
Addison-1 Paul Ralston Electiondot.png Democratic Middlebury
Addison-2 Willem Jewett Electiondot.png Democratic Ripton
Addison-3 Warren Van Wyck Ends.png Republican Ferrisburgh
Addison-3 Diane Lanpher Electiondot.png Democratic Vergennes
Addison-4 Michael Fisher Electiondot.png Democratic Lincoln
Addison-4 David Sharpe Electiondot.png Democratic Bristol
Addison-5 Harvey Smith Ends.png Republican New Haven
Addison-Rutland-1 Will Stevens Independent Independent Shoreham
Bennington-1 Bill Botzow Electiondot.png Democratic Bennington
Bennington-2-1 Brian Campion Electiondot.png Democratic Bennington
Bennington-2-1 Timothy Corcoran, II Electiondot.png Democratic Bennington
Bennington-2-2 Anne Lamy Mook Electiondot.png Democratic Bennington
Bennington-2-2 Mary Morrissey Ends.png Republican Bennington
Bennington-3 Alice Miller Electiondot.png Democratic Shaftsbury
Bennington-4 Jeff Wilson Electiondot.png Democratic Manchester Center
Bennington-4 Cynthia Browning Electiondot.png Democratic Arlington
Bennington-Rutland-1 Patti Komline Ends.png Republican Dorset
Caledonia-1 Leigh Larocque Ends.png Republican St. Johnsbury
Caledonia-2 Kristina Michelsen Electiondot.png Democratic Hardwick
Caledonia-3 Michelle Fay Electiondot.png Democratic St. Johnsbury
Caledonia-3 Robert South Electiondot.png Democratic St. Johnsbury
Caledonia-4 Martha Feltus Ends.png Republican Lydonville
Caledonia-4 Richard Lawrence Ends.png Republican Lyndonville
Caledonia-Washington-1 Kitty Toll Electiondot.png Democratic Danville
Chittenden-1 Anne O'Brien Electiondot.png Democratic Hinesburg
Chittenden-2 Terence Macaig Electiondot.png Democratic Williston
Chittenden-2 Jim McCullough Electiondot.png Democratic Williston
Chittenden-3 William Frank Electiondot.png Democratic Burlington
Chittenden-3 George Till Electiondot.png Democratic Jericho
Chittenden-4-1 Michael Yantachka Electiondot.png Democratic Charlotte
Chittenden-4-2 William Lippert, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Hinesburg
Chittenden-5-1 Kate Webb Electiondot.png Democratic Shelburne
Chittenden-5-2 Joan Lenes Electiondot.png Democratic Shelburne
Chittenden-6-1 Joanna Cole Electiondot.png Democratic Burlington
Chittenden-6-1 Kurt Wright Ends.png Republican Burlington
Chittenden-6-2 Jean O'Sullivan Electiondot.png Democratic Burlington
Chittenden-6-3 Jill Krowinski Electiondot.png Democratic Burlington
Chittenden-6-3 Curt McCormack Electiondot.png Democratic / Working Families Party Working Families Westford
Chittenden-6-4 Kesha Ram Electiondot.png Democratic Burlington
Chittenden-6-4 Christopher Pearson Lime2.png Vermont Progressive Party Burlington
Chittenden-6-5 Johannah Leddy Donovan Electiondot.png Democratic Burlington
Chittenden-6-5 Suzi Wizowaty Electiondot.png Democratic Burlington
Chittenden-6-6 Barbara Rachelson Electiondot.png Democratic Burlington
Chittenden-6-7 Clement Bissonnette Electiondot.png Democratic Winooski
Chittenden-6-7 George Cross Electiondot.png Democratic Winooski
Chittenden-7-1 Michele Ferland Kupersmith Electiondot.png Democratic South Burlington
Chittenden-7-2 Ann Pugh Electiondot.png Democratic South Burlington
Chittenden-7-3 Helen Head Electiondot.png Democratic South Burlington
Chittenden-7-4 Maida Townsend Electiondot.png Democratic South Burlington
Chittenden-8-1 Debbie Evans Electiondot.png Democratic Essex Junction
Chittenden-8-1 Linda Myers Ends.png Republican Essex Junction
Chittenden-8-2 Tim Jerman Electiondot.png Democratic Essex Junction
Chittenden-8-2 Linda Waite-Simpson Electiondot.png Democratic Essex Junction
Chittenden-8-3 Martha Heath Electiondot.png Democratic Westford
Chittenden-9-1 Bob Bouchard Ends.png Republican Colchester
Chittenden-9-1 Jim Condon Electiondot.png Democratic Colchester
Chittenden-9-2 Patrick Brennan Ends.png Republican Colchester
Chittenden-9-2 Kristy Kurt Spengler Electiondot.png Democratic Colchester
Chittenden-10 Ronald Hubert Ends.png Republican Milton
Chittenden-10 Donald Turner, Jr. Ends.png Republican Milton
Essex-Caledonia Connie Quimby Ends.png Republican / Electiondot.png Democratic Concord
Essex-Caledonia-Orleans William Johnson Ends.png Republican / Electiondot.png Democratic Canaan
Franklin-1 Carolyn Whitney Branagan Ends.png Republican Georgia
Franklin-2 John Mitchell (Vermont) Ends.png Republican Fairfax
Franklin-3-1 Kathleen Keenan Electiondot.png Democratic St. Albans
Franklin-3-1 Mike McCarthy Electiondot.png Democratic St. Albans
Franklin-3-2 Eileen Dickinson Ends.png Republican St. Albans
Franklin-4 Michel Consejo Electiondot.png Democratic Sheldon
Franklin-4 Brian Savage Ends.png Republican Swanton
Franklin-5 Steve Beyor Ends.png Republican Highgate Springs
Franklin-5 Albert Pearce Ends.png Republican Richford
Franklin-6 Daniel Conner Electiondot.png Democratic Fairfield
Franklin-7 Cindy Weed Lime2.png Vermont Progressive Party / Electiondot.png Democratic Enosburg Falls
Grand Isle-Chittenden-1-1 Mitzi Johnson Electiondot.png Democratic South Hero
Grand Isle-Chittenden-1-1 Bob Krebs Electiondot.png Democratic South Hero
Lamoille-1 Heidi Scheuermann Ends.png Republican Stowe
Lamoille-2 Linda Martin Electiondot.png Democratic Wolcott
Lamoille-2 Mark Woodward Electiondot.png Democratic Wolcott
Lamoille-3 Bernard Juskiewicz Ends.png Republican Cambridge
Lamoille-Washington-1 Peter Peltz Electiondot.png Democratic Woodbury
Lamoille-Washington-1 Shap Smith Electiondot.png Democratic Morrisville
Orange-1 Susan Hatch Davis Lime2.png Vermont Progressive Party / Electiondot.png Democratic West Topsham
Orange-1 Philip Winters Ends.png Republican Williamstown
Orange-2 Sarah Copeland-Hanzas Electiondot.png Democratic Bradford
Orange-Caledonia-1 Chip Conquest Electiondot.png Democratic Wells River
Orange-Washington-Addison-1 Patsy French Electiondot.png Democratic Randolph
Orange-Washington-Addison-1 Larry Townsend Electiondot.png Democratic Randolph
Orleans-1 Lynn Batchelor Ends.png Republican Derby Line
Orleans-1 Loren Shaw Ends.png Republican / Electiondot.png Democratic Derby
Orleans-2 Duncan Kilmartin Ends.png Republican / Electiondot.png Democratic Newport
Orleans-2 Michael Marcotte Ends.png Republican / Electiondot.png Democratic Newport
Orleans-Caledonia-1 Vicki Strong Ends.png Republican Irasburg
Orleans-Caledonia-1 Sam Young Electiondot.png Democratic Glover
Orleans-Lamoille-1 Mark Higley Ends.png Republican Lowell
Rutland-1 Andrew Donaghy Ends.png Republican Poultney
Rutland-2 Tom Burditt Ends.png Republican West Rutland
Rutland-2 Dave Potter Electiondot.png Democratic Clarendon
Rutland-3 William Canfield Ends.png Republican Fair Haven
Rutland-3 Robert Helm Ends.png Republican / Electiondot.png Democratic Fair Haven
Rutland-4 Thomas Terenzini Ends.png Republican / Electiondot.png Democratic Rutland
Rutland-5-1 Peter Fagan Ends.png Republican Rutland
Rutland-5-2 Larry Cupoli Ends.png Republican Rutland
Rutland-5-3 Herb Russell Electiondot.png Democratic Rutland
Rutland-5-4 Douglas Gage Ends.png Republican Rutland
Rutland-6 Stephen Carr Electiondot.png Democratic Brandon
Rutland-6 Charles Shaw Ends.png Republican / Electiondot.png Democratic Florence
Rutland-Bennington John Malcolm Electiondot.png Democratic Pawlet
Rutland-Windsor-1 Anne Gallivan Electiondot.png Democratic North Chittenden
Rutland-Windsor-2 Dennis Devereux Ends.png Republican Belmont
Washington-1 Anne Donahue Ends.png Republican Northfield
Washington-1 Patti Lewis Ends.png Republican Berlin
Washington-2 Thomas Koch Ends.png Republican / Electiondot.png Democratic Barre
Washington-2 Francis McFaun Ends.png Republican / Electiondot.png Democratic Barre Town
Washington-3 Paul Poirier Independent Independent Barre
Washington-3 Tess Taylor Electiondot.png Democratic Barre
Washington-4 Mary Hooper Electiondot.png Democratic Montpelier
Washington-4 Warren Kitzmiller Electiondot.png Democratic Montpelier
Washington-5 Tony Klein Electiondot.png Democratic Montpelier
Washington-6 Janet Ancel Electiondot.png Democratic Calais
Washington-7 Maxine Jo Grad Electiondot.png Democratic Moretown
Washington-7 Adam Greshin Independent Independent Warren
Washington-Chittenden Rebecca Ellis Electiondot.png Democratic Waterbury Center
Washington-Chittenden Tom Stevens Electiondot.png Democratic Waterbury Center
Windham-1 Mike Hebert Ends.png Republican Vernon
Windham-2-1 Valerie Stuart Electiondot.png Democratic Brattleboro
Windham-2-2 Mollie Burke Lime2.png Vermont Progressive Party / Electiondot.png Democratic Brattleboro
Windham-2-3 Tristan Toleno Electiondot.png Democratic Brattleboro
Windham-3 Carolyn Partridge Electiondot.png Democratic Windham
Windham-3 Matt Trieber Electiondot.png Democratic Bellows Falls
Windham-4 David Deen Electiondot.png Democratic Putney
Windham-4 Mike Mrowicki Electiondot.png Democratic Putney
Windham-5 Richard Marek Electiondot.png Democratic Putney
Windham-6 Ann Manwaring Electiondot.png Democratic Wilmington
Windham-Bennington-1 John Moran Electiondot.png Democratic Wardsboro
Windham-Bennington-Windsor-1 Charles Goodwin Independent Independent Westin
Windsor-1 John Bartholomew Electiondot.png Democratic Hartland
Windsor-1 Donna Sweaney Electiondot.png Democratic Windsor
Windsor-2 Mark Huntley Electiondot.png Democratic Cavendish
Windsor-3-1 Leigh Dakin Electiondot.png Democratic Chester
Windsor-3-2 Alice Emmons Electiondot.png Democratic / Working Families Party Working Families Springfield
Windsor-3-2 Cynthia Martin Electiondot.png Democratic / Working Families Party Working Families Springfield
Windsor-4-1 Teo Zagar Electiondot.png Democratic Barnard
Windsor-4-2 Kevin Christie Electiondot.png Democratic White River Junction
Windsor-4-2 Sheila Vowinkel Electiondot.png Democratic White River Junction
Windsor-5 Alison Clarkson Electiondot.png Democratic Woodstock
Windsor-Orange-1 Sarah Buxton Electiondot.png Democratic South Royalton
Windsor-Orange-2 Margaret Cheney Electiondot.png Democratic Norwich
Windsor-Orange-2 James Masland Electiondot.png Democratic Thetford Center
Windsor-Rutland-1 Sandy Haas Lime2.png Vermont Progressive Party / Electiondot.png Democratic Rochester

Standing committees

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Joint Committees
Senate Committees

The Vermont House has 15 standing committees:

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