Caroline Bright

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Caroline Winanna Bright
Personal details
Born (1990-06-24) June 24, 1990 (age 28)
Political party Democratic

Caroline Winanna Bright (born 24 June 1990) is a flight attendant and former Miss Vermont titleholder from Georgia, Vermont who competed in Miss America 2011.


Personal life[edit]

Bright was born in Burlington, Vermont to Thomas and Jennifer Neville Bright.[1] She is a graduate of Missisiquoi Valley Union High School and attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York and Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont where she majored in Political Science and minored in History and Religious Studies. Caroline is a sister of Chi Omega.[2] Bright was elected Governor of Green Mountain Girls State in 2006 and served as the director of the program from 2011 until 2013.[3]


In 2006, Bright was appointed to the Next Generation Commission by Governor James Douglas.[4] In May 2007, she was honored by Gov. Douglas at the signing of a bill providing over $12 million in college scholarships and work force training, due to her work on the commission.[5]

While in college, Caroline served as an intern in the Burlington office of United States Senator Patrick Leahy and worked for Burlington City Arts as an Events Coordinator.[6]

Bright announced her candidacy for the Vermont Senate in May 2012. She ran as a Democrat for one of Franklin County's two open Senate Seats in the November 2012 election.[7] Caroline ran on a platform that is focused on Education, Jobs, Healthcare, and Agriculture, with a special focus on ensuring young people could live and work in Franklin County.[8]

Bright lost the election by a margin of 1% of the vote and went on to work as a Program Services Clerk in the Vermont office of the Secretary of State.[9][10] She left that office in October 2013 to join The Hattie Caraway Foundation as their Executive Director.[11]

In 2015, Caroline was hired by American Airlines as a Flight Attendant.[12] She is currently running for the Vermont House of Representatives seat of Georgia.[12]


Bright won the Miss Vermont's Outstanding Teen title in 2007 and competed in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant held in Orlando, Florida in August that year, winning the non-finalist interview award.

In 2009, Bright placed first runner-up in the Miss Vermont pageant and returned the following year, winning the Miss Vermont 2010 title on June 5, 2010 at the Barre Opera House. She competed in the Miss America 2011 pageant on January 15, 2011.[13] Upon her return to Vermont following the national pageant, Caroline resumed her internship in the office of Vermont Speaker of the House, Shap Smith.[14]

Her platform was encouraging young people to run for public office, and she intended to run before she turned 25.[15]


  1. ^ "Vermont Birth Records, 1909-2008". Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Behind The Scenes At The Miss America Pageant". June 20, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  3. ^ "LinkedIn Web Page for Caroline Bright". Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Recent Gubernatorial Appointments". December 13, 2006. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  5. ^ Sneyd, Ross (2007-05-24). "Governor signs $12 million scholarship initiative". NEWS02. The Times Argus. 
  6. ^ "LinkedIn Web Page for Caroline Bright". Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Hallenbeck, Terri. "Former Miss Vermont to run for Vermont Senate". Burlington Free Press. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Prent, Sue. "A conversation with Caroline Bright". Green Mountain Daily. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  9. ^ . December 2013  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "LinkedIn Web Page for Caroline Bright". Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Case, Kerri Jackson (12 December 2013). "Hattie Caraway Foundation Pushing For Females In Political Office". Talk Politics. Talk Business & Politics. 
  12. ^ a b Benton, Tom (20 April 2016). "Bright, Rosenquist vie for Georgia's House seat". Milton Independent. 
  13. ^ "St. Albans woman crowned Miss Vermont". June 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  14. ^ Hallenbeck, Terri. "If not Miss America, then Miss Vermont will take to the State House". Burlington Free Press. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Running for Miss America and elected office". Burlington Free Press. 2010-06-09. 

External links[edit]

  • [1], campaign website, accessed September, 2012
Preceded by
Laura Hall
Miss Vermont
Succeeded by
Katie Levasseur
Preceded by
Heather Bartlett
Miss Vermont's Outstanding Teen
Succeeded by
Blaize Hall