Doug Racine

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Doug Racine
77th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
In office
Governor Howard Dean
Preceded by Barbara W. Snelling
Succeeded by Brian Dubie
Personal details
Born (1952-10-07) October 7, 1952 (age 62)
Burlington, Vermont
Political party Democratic

Douglas A. Racine (born October 7, 1952 in Burlington, Vermont), is former Vermont Secretary of Human Services, a former Vermont State Senator and was the 77th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont. He is a Democrat. Racine was a candidate for the 2010 Democratic nomination for Governor of Vermont. He previously ran for governor in 2002, but yielded to Republican Jim Douglas. In an election where no candidate won a majority, Douglas won a 45% plurality, and Racine declined to contest the outcome before the Vermont General Assembly.

Prior to being Lieutenant Governor, Racine served 5 terms in the Vermont Senate (1983–1992). He was Chairman of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee and President Pro Tem of the Senate (1989–92). He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1996 and served three terms (1997–2003)[1] with Governor Howard Dean. After losing the 2002 Governor's race, Racine was again elected in 2006 to the Vermont Senate, representing the Chittenden Senate District. He was re-elected in 2008.

Racine is a 1970 graduate of Burlington High School and a 1974 graduate of Princeton University. He is Vice President of Willie Racine's, Inc., the Jeep dealership founded by his father.

Racine ran for the 2010 Democratic nomination for Governor of Vermont.[2][3] In the 5-way Democratic primary on August 24, 2010, Racine placed second with 18,079 votes (24.22%) to first-place winner Peter Shumlin's 18,276 votes (24.48%). Racine requested a recount,[4] which reaffirmed Shumlin's nomination. Shumlin then defeated Republican Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie in the November 2, 2010 general election.

On November 30, 2010, Gov.-elect Shumlin nominated Racine to be his Secretary of Human Services.[5] On August 12, 2014, Governor Shumlin announced the departure of Racine from the same post.[6]


  1. ^ "Members of the Vermont Senate 2007-08" (PDF). Vermont General Assembly. 
  2. ^ "Racine to run for the top spot". Barre-Montpelier (Vt.) Times-Argus. January 6, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Racine formally kicks off campaign for Vermont governor". Burlington (Vt.) Free Press. January 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Shumlin wins; Racine calls for recount". Burlington (Vt.) Free Press. August 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Shumlin chooses primary rival Racine as Vermont human services secretary". Burlington (Vt.) Free Press. November 30, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Racine out, Chen in for now at Human Services Agency". Burlington (Vt.) Free Press. August 12, 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Welch
President pro tempore of the Vermont State Senate
1989 – 1993
Succeeded by
John H. Bloomer, Sr.
Preceded by
Barbara W. Snelling
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
1997 – 2003
Succeeded by
Brian Dubie