Vermont State Senate
|Vermont State Senate|
|2013 session start:||January 3, 2012|
|Website:||Official Senate Page|
|Senate President:||Phillip Scott, (D)|
|Majority Leader:||Bill Carris (D)|
|Minority leader:||William Doyle, (R)|
| Democratic Party (21) |
Republican Party (7)
Vermont Progressive Party (2)
|Length of term:||2 years|
|Authority:||Legislative Department, Sec. 6, Vermont Constitution|
|Salary:||$604.79/week + $162 per diem|
|Last Election:||November 2, 2010 (30 seats)|
|Next election:||November 6, 2012 (30 seats)|
|Redistricting:||Vermont legislature has control|
- 3 of these districts elect 1 state senator.
- 6 of these districts elect 2 state senators.
- 3 of these districts elect 3 state senators.
- 1 of these districts elects 6 state senators.
Senators in Vermont serve two-year terms, rather than the more standard four-year terms.
Vermont senators have no term limits.
The Vermont State Legislature, which the Senate 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 2012 state legislative sessions
In 2012, the Legislature was in session from January 3 through May 5.
The two main issues facing the legislature are dealing with an estimated $75 million budget gap and finding ways to pay for recovery from Tropical Storm Irene.
- See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions
In 2011, the Senate was in session from January 5 through mid May. 
- See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions
- See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012
The signature filing deadline for the elections was June 14, 2012.
- See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2010
Elections for the office of Vermont State Senate 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 senate raised a total of $670,068 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: 
|Fox, Sally G||$10,700|
|Campaign Research Center||$7,500|
|Green Mountain Republican Senate Cmte||$7,300|
|Contributions by Candidate or Immediate Family||$5,369|
|Blittersdorf, David C||$5,000|
|Galbraith, Alan J||$5,000|
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."
| How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures |
If there is a vacancy in the Senate, the Governor must select a replacement to fill the vacant seat.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2012, members of the Vermont Legislature are paid $604.79/week. For this biennium, legislators approved a 5% reduction from the statutory rate. All legislators receive $101/day for lodging and $61/day for meals. Legislators who stay overnight may additionally receive a mileage reimbursement.
The $604.79/week that Vermont legislators were paid as of 2011 is a decrease from the $636.62/week they were paid in 2010 and an increase from the $600.78/week they were paid in 2007. The per diem has increased from $88/day for lodging and $51/day for meals in 2007 to $101/day for lodging and $61/day for meals in 2010. There was no increase in 2011. The state's lodging and dining per diem is tied to the per diem for federal employees staying in Montpelier.
When sworn in
Vermont legislators assume office the first Wednesday after the first Tuesday in January.
- See also: Partisan composition of state senates
|Party||As of May 2013|
|Vermont Progressive Party||2|
The Senate is headed by the State's Lieutenant Governor as the Senate President. The Senate President only votes in the case of a tie. More often, the Senate is presided over by the President Pro Tempore who also serves as head of the Majority Party.
|President Pro Tempore of the Senate||John Campbell||Democratic|
|State Senate Majority Leader||Bill Carris||Democratic|
|State Senate Minority Leader||William Doyle||Republican|
|President Pro Tempore of the Senate||Peter Shumlin||Democratic|
|State Senate Majority Leader||John Campbell||Democratic|
|State Senate Minority Leader||William Doyle||Republican|
List of current members
The Vermont Senate has 11 standing committees:
- Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
- Government Operations
- Health and Welfare
- Natural Resources and Energy
- Vermont Senate official website
- Official list of Vermont State Senators
- Project Vote Smart profile of Vermont Senate
- Permanent rules of the Vermont senate
- ↑ Population in 2000 of the American states
- ↑ Boston.com, "Vt. lawmakers to tackle Irene recovery, budget," January 2, 2012
- ↑ 2011 Legislative Sessions Calendar, NCSL
- ↑ 2010 session dates for Vermont Legislature
- ↑ Follow the Money: "Vermont Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions"
- ↑ Vermont Constitution
- ↑ Michie "Vermont Statutes"(Referenced Statute, 2-1-4, Vermont Statutes)
- ↑ Michie "Vermont Statutes"(Referenced Statute, 2-1-9, Vermont Statutes)
- ↑ National Conference of State Legislatures, "2011 Legislator Compensation Data"
- ↑ Vermont Statutes, Title 32, Chapter 15, § 1052
- ↑ National Conference of State Legislatures, "2010 Legislator Compensation Data"
- ↑ Empire Center, "Legislative Salaries Per State as of 2007"
- ↑ Vermont Secretary of State - Gov't History: Legislative Leadership
- ↑ Officers of the Vermont General Assembly 2009-2010
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