|Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
from the Chittenden-6-5 district
January 7, 2009
|Preceded by||Bill Keogh (D)|
January 6, 1954 |
|Alma mater||Princeton University, Goddard College|
Suzi Wizowaty is an author and politician from Burlington, Vermont. A Democrat, she is a member of the Vermont House of Representatives, representing the Chittenden-6-5 district in Burlington. First elected in 2008, she took office on January 7, 2009.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Wizowaty grew up in Europe, Texas and Connecticut, graduating from Princeton University (BA cum laude, 1977) and Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont (MA, 1985). She lived in San Francisco, Chicago, and New Jersey before moving to Burlington in 1985.
Wizowaty has worked as a bookseller, librarian, newspaper reporter and editor, also having experience in the non-profit sector with the Vermont Humanities Council and Vermont Works for Women. A published author, she has written two novels: The Round Barn (Hardscrabble, 2002) and A Tour of Evil (Philomel, 2005).
In 2008, Wizowaty ran for the Vermont House of Representatives in the two-member Chittenden-3-5 district. She faced two incumbents in the Democratic primary but was the top vote-getter, beating Rep. Johannah Leddy Donovan into second place and Rep. Bill Keogh into third. In the general election held on November 4, the Democratic nominees – Wizowaty and Donovan – ran unopposed. She was re-elected to the House on November 2, 2010. Following redistricting, she was elected to represent the Chittenden 6-5 district in 2012.
Wizowaty is one of six openly gay members of the Vermont Legislature, alongside representatives Bill Lippert (D–Hinesburg), Joanna E. Cole (D–Burlington), Brian Campion (D–Bennington), Matt Trieber (D–Bellows Falls) and Herb Russell (D–Rutland).
- "Vermont Secretary of State: General Assembly Members, 2009". Retrieved 2008-12-29.
- "No indy for Keogh". The Burlington Free Press. 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2008-12-29.