Vermont House of Representatives

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Vermont House of Representatives
Vermont General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type Lower house
Term limits None
History
New session started January 5, 2011
Leadership
Speaker Shap Smith, (D)
Since January 8, 2009
Majority Leader Willem Jewett, (D)
Since January 5, 2013
Minority Leader Donald H. Turner, (R)
Since January 5, 2011
Structure
Seats 150
Political groups Democratic Party (94)
Republican Party (48)
Progressive Party (5)
Independent (3)
Length of term 2 years
Authority Section 7, Legislative Department, Vermont Constitution
Salary $636/week + per diem
Elections
Last election November 6, 2012
(150 seats)
Next election November 4, 2014
(150 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
VTStateHouse Chamber.jpg
Representatives Hall
Vermont State House
Montpelier, Vermont
Website
Vermont House of Representatives

The Vermont House of Representatives is the lower house of the Vermont General Assembly, the state legislature of the US state of Vermont. The House comprises 150 members, with each member representing around 4,100 citizens. Representatives are elected to a two year term without term limits.

The House meets in Representatives Hall at the Vermont State House in Montpelier.

Leadership[edit]

The Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives. The Speaker is elected by the full House by Australian Ballot. If there is only one candidate for Speaker it is commonly a voice vote for the election of the Speaker. In addition to presiding over the body, the Speaker is also the chief leadership position, and controls the flow of legislation and committee assignments. Other House leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses relative to their party's strength in the chamber.

The current Speaker is Democrat Shap Smith of the Lamoille-Washington-1 District. The Majority Leader is Willem Jewett of the Caledonia-2 District. The Minority Leader is Republican Donald H. Turner of the Chittenden-9 District. The current Clerk of the House is Donald Milne, First Assistant Clerk is William MaGill and the Second Assistant Clerk is H. Gwynn Zakov.[1]

Leadership information[edit]

Position Name Party Residence District
Speaker of the House Shap Smith Democratic Morristown Lamoille-Washington
Majority Leader Willem Jewett Democratic Ripton Addison-2
Assistant Majority Leader Therese Taylor Democratic Barre Washington-3
Minority Leader Donald H. Turner Republican Milton Chittenden-10
Assistant Minority Leader Brian K. Savage Republican Swanton Franklin-4
Progressive Leader Christopher Pearson Progressive Burlington Chittenden-6-4
Assistant Progressive Leader Susan Davis Progressive West Topsham Orange-1

Composition[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Prog Ind Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 94 5 3 47 150 0
Begin[2] 96 5 4 44 149 1
February 7, 2013[3] 45 150 0
Latest voting share 70% 30%

Seven members of the Democratic Caucus are also affiliated with the Vermont Working Families Party.

Members[edit]

District Representative Party Residence First elected
Addison-1 Betty Nuovo Dem Middlebury 1996
(1981-1990)
Paul Ralston Dem Middlebury 2010
Addison-2 Willem Jewett Dem Ripton 2002
Addison-3 Diane Lanpher Dem Vergennes 2008
Warren Van Wyck Rep Ferrisburgh 2013†
Addison-4 Michael Fisher Dem Lincoln 2000
David Sharpe Dem Bristol 2002
Addison-5 Harvey Smith Rep New Haven 2010
Addison-Rutland-1 Will Stevens Ind Shoreham 2006
Bennington-1 Bill Botzow Dem Bennington 2002
Bennington-2-1 Brian Campion Dem Bennington 2010
Timothy Corcoran II Dem Bennington 2002
Bennington-2-2 Anne Mook Dem Bennington 2004
Mary Morrissey Rep Bennington 1996
Bennington-3 Alice Miller Dem Shaftsbury 1996
Bennington-4 Cynthia Browning Dem Arlington 2006
Jeff Wilson Dem Manchester Center 2008
Bennington-Rutland-1 Patti Komline Rep Dorset 2004
Caledonia-1 Leigh Larocque Rep St. Johnsbury 1998
Caledonia-2 Kristina Michelsen Dem Hardwick 2012
Caledonia-3 Michelle Fay Dem St. Johnsbury 2012
Robert South Dem St. Johnsbury 2008
Caledonia-4 Martha Feltus Rep Lyndonville 2012
Richard Lawrence Rep Lyndonville 2004
Caledonia-Washington-1 Kitty Beattie Toll Dem Danville 2008
Chittenden-1 Anne Therea O'Brien Dem Richmond 2008
Chittenden-2 Terence Macaig Dem Williston 2008
Jim McCullough Dem Williston 2002
Chittenden-3 William Frank Dem Underhill 2004
George Till Dem Jericho 2008
Chittenden-4-1 Mike Yantachka Dem Charlotte 2010
Chittenden-4-2 William J. Lippert Dem Hinesburg 1992
Chittenden-5-1 Kate Webb Dem Shelburne 2008
Chittenden-5-2 Joan Lenes Dem Shelburne 2004
Chittenden-6-1 Joanna Cole Dem Burlington 2012
Kurt Wright Rep Burlington 2000
Chittenden-6-2 Jean O'Sullivan Dem Burlington 2012†
Chittenden-6-3 Jill Krowinski Dem Burlington 2012†
Curtis McCormack Dem Burlington 2012
Chittenden-6-4 Christopher Pearson Prog Burlington 2010
Kesha Ram Dem Burlington 2008
Chittenden-6-5 Johannah Leddy Donovan Dem Burlington 2000
Suzi Wizowaty Dem Burlington 2008
Chittenden-6-6 Barbara Rachelson Dem Burlington 2012
Chittenden-6-7 Clem Bissonnette Dem Winooski 2008
George Cross Dem Winooski 2012
Chittenden-7-1 Michele Kupersmith Dem South Burlington 2010
Chittenden-7-2 Ann Pugh Dem South Burlington 1992
Chittenden-7-3 Helen Head Dem South Burlington 2002
Chittenden-7-4 Maida Townsend Dem South Burlington 2012
Chittenden-8-1 Debbie Evans Dem Essex Junction 2004
Linda Myers Rep Essex Junction 2000
Chittenden-8-2 Tim Jerman Dem Essex Junction 2004
Linda Waite-Simpson Dem Essex Junction 2008
Chittenden-8-3 Martha Heath Dem Westford 1992
Chittenden-9-1 Bob Bouchard Rep Colchester 2010
Jim Condon Dem Colchester 2004
Chittenden-9-2 Patrick Brennan Rep Colchester 2002
Kristy Spengler Dem Colchester 2008
Chittenden-10 Ronald Hubert Rep Milton 2008
Donald H. Turner Rep Milton 2006†
Essex-Caledonia Constance Quimby Rep Concord 2012
Essex-Caledonia-Orleans William Johnson Rep Canaan 1996
Franklin-1 Carolyn Whitney Branagan Rep Georgia 2002
Franklin-2 John Mitchell Rep Fairfax 2012
Franklin-3-1 Kathleen Keenan Dem St. Albans 1988
Michael McCarthy Dem St. Albans 2012
Franklin-3-2 Eileen Dickinson Rep St. Albans 2008
Franklin-4 Michel Consejo Dem Sheldon Springs 2006
Brian K. Savage Rep Swanton 2008
Franklin-5 Stephen Beyor Rep Highgate Springs 2012
Albert Pearce Rep Richford 2008
Franklin-6 Daniel Connor Dem Fairfield 2012
Franklin-7 Cindy Weed Prog Franklin 2012
Grand Isle-Chittenden-1 Mitzi Johnson Dem South Hero 2002
Robert Krebs Dem Grand Isle 2010†
Lamoille-1 Heidi Scheurermann Rep Stowe 2006
Lamoille-2 Linda Martin Dem Wolcott 2004
Mark Woodward Dem Johnson 2011†
Lamoille-3 Bernard Juskiewicz Rep Cambridge 2012
Lamoille-Washington Peter Peltz Dem Woodbury 2006
Shap Smith Dem Morrisville 2002
Orange-1 Susan Davis Prog West Topsham 2006
Philip Winters Rep Williamstown 1994
Orange-2 Sarah Copeland-Hanzas Dem Bradford 2004
Orange-Caledonia Chip Conquest Dem Wells River 2008
Orange-Washington-Addison Patsy French Dem Randolph 2002
Marjorie Ryerson Dem Randolph 2013
Orleans-1 Lynn Batchelor Rep Derby Line 2010
Loren Shaw Rep Derby 2012
Orleans-2 Duncan Kilmartin Rep Newport 2000
Michael Marcotte Rep Newport 2004
Orleans-Caledonia Vicki Strong Rep Irasburg 2010
Sam Young Dem West Glover 2010
Orleans-Lamoille Mark Higley Rep Lowell 2008
Rutland-1 Andrew Donaghy Rep Poultney 2002
Rutland-2 Thomas Burditt Rep West Rutland 2010
Dave Potter Dem Clarendon 2004
Rutland-3 William Canfield Rep Fair Haven 2004
Robert Helm Rep Fair Haven 1990
Rutland-4 Thomas Terenzini Rep Rutland Town 2012
Rutland-5-1 Peter Fagan Rep Rutland 2008
Rutland-5-2 Lawrence Cupoli Rep Rutland 2012
Rutland-5-3 Herb Font-Russell Dem Rutland 2010
Rutland-5-4 Douglas Gage Rep Rutland 2012
Rutland-6 Stephen Carr Dem Brandon 2012
Butch Shaw Rep Pittsford 2010
Rutland-Bennington John Malcolm Dem Pawlet 2004
Rutland-Windsor-1 Anne Gallivan Dem North Chittenden 2012
Rutland-Windsor-2 Dennis Devereux Rep Belmont 2006
Washington-1 Anne Donahue Rep Northfield 2002
Patti Lewis Rep Berlin 2010
Washington-2 Thomas Koch Rep Barre Town 1996
Francis McFaun Rep Barre Town 2004
Washington-3 Paul Poirier Ind Barre City 2008
Tess Taylor Dem Barre City 2008
Washington-4 Mary Hooper Dem Montpelier 2008
Warren F. Kitzmiller Dem Montpelier 2000
Washington-5 Tony Klein Dem Montpelier 2002
Washington-6 Janet Ancel Dem Calais 2004
Washington-7 Maxine Jo Grad Dem Moretown 2000
Adam Greshin Ind Warren 2008
Washington-Chittenden Rebecca Ellis Dem Waterbury Center 2011†
Tom Stevens Dem Waterbury 2008
Windham-1 Michael Hebert Rep Vernon 2010
Windham-2-1 Valerie Stuart Dem Brattleboro 2010
Windham-2-2 Mollie S. Burke Prog Brattleboro 2008
Windham-2-3 Tristan Toleno Dem Brattleboro 2012
Windham-3 Carolyn Partridge Dem Windham 1998
Matthew A. Trieber Dem Bellows Falls 2011†
Windham-4 David Deen Dem Putney 1990
Mike Mrowicki Dem Putney 2008
Windham-5 Richard Marek Dem Newfane 2002
Windham-6 Ann Manwaring Dem Wilmington 2006
Windham-Bennington John Moran Dem Wardsboro 2006
Windham-Bennington-Windsor Charles Goodwin Ind Weston 2012
Windsor-1 Jon Bartholomew Dem Hartland 2010
Donna Sweaney Dem Windsor 1996
Windsor-2 Mark Huntley Dem Ludlow 2012
Windsor-3-1 Leigh Dakin Dem Chester 2010
Windsor-3-2 Alice Emmons Dem Springfield 1982
Cynthia Martin Dem Springfield 2007†
Windsor-4-1 Teo Zagar Dem Barnard 2011†
Windsor-4-2 Kevin Christie Dem White River Junction 2010
Sheila Vowinkel Dem White River Junction 2012
Windsor-5 Alison Clarkson Dem Woodstock 2004
Windsor-Orange-1 Sarah E. Buxton Dem South Royalton 2010
Windsor-Orange-2 Kathleen Hoyt Dem Norwich 2013
Jim Masland Dem Thetford Center 1998
Windsor-Rutland Sandy Haas Prog Rochester 2004

† Originally appointed to the House.

Past notable members[edit]

Nearly all of the governors of the state, most US representatives and most US senators, were first members of this house. The following were also members:

Operations[edit]

The house typically meets Tuesday through Friday during the session.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Republican Gregory Clark (Addison 3) died November 30 in a car crash.
  3. ^ Republican Warren Van Wyck appointed to succeed Clark.
  4. ^ Remsen, Nancy and Hallenbeck, Teri (January 8, 2009). Following the Legislature. Burlington Free Press. 

External links[edit]

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