Claire D. Ayer

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Claire D. Ayer
Member of the Vermont Senate
from the Addison district
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1948-09-21) September 21, 1948 (age 68)
Quincy, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Alan
Residence Weybridge, Vermont
Alma mater Jeanne Mance School of Nursing,
Middlebury College
Profession nurse

Claire D. Ayer (born September 21, 1948) is a Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Addison Senate District.

Claire D. Ayer was first elected to the Vermont State Senate in 2002, and reelected in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. Ayer serves as assistant majority leader of the Vermont Senate, and previously served as majority whip. She is also the current chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare.

During the 2015–2016 Legislative Session, Claire D. Ayer sponsored Senate Bill S.31, "An act relating to possession and transfer of firearms", which sought to require background checks on substantially all firearm sales, and to prohibit the sale of firearms to persons convicted of certain violent crimes.


Ayer was born September 21, 1948, in Quincy, Massachusetts, and spent her childhood in Charlotte, Vermont. After receiving her high school education at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, she attended the Jeanne Mance School of Nursing, becoming a registered nurse in 1969. She also received a B.A. in environmental studies from Middlebury College in 1992.

She was married to a physician, Dr. Alan Ayer, who died in 2015. They settled in Weybridge, Vermont in 1979, after spending four years in the Air Force. Ayer has three adult children - Gretchen, Allison and Nathan—and currently lives in Addison, Vermont.

Ayer works as a nurse for an OB-GYN in Middlebury, Vermont.

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Ayer has served in the following positions:

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