Claire D. Ayer
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|Claire D. Ayer|
|Member of the Vermont Senate
from the Addison district
September 21, 1948 |
|Alma mater||Jeanne Mance School of Nursing,
Claire D. Ayer was first elected to the Vermont State Senate in 2002, and reelected in 2004, 2006, and 2008. Ayer has served as majority whip of the Vermont Senate as since 2006, and was reelected again in 2008.
During the 2015-2016 Legislative Session, Claire D. Ayer chose to sponsor Senate Bill S.31, "An act relating to possession and transfer of firearms". In a "Front Porch Forum" post dated February 3, 2015, the Senator attempted to mollify growing discontent within her district for her sponsorship of the bill. In that post, the Senator claimed that her sponsorship of the bill was the result of "12+ years" of "requests from constituents to take up a bill that will reduce the likelihood that a person will commit violence with a gun". The Senator made these claims despite the fact that Vermont has the lowest rate of violent crime in the nation, and without any evidence that a single constituent made such a request of the Senator.
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 later also received a B.A. in environmental studies from Middlebury College in 1992.
She is married to a physician, Dr. Alan Ayer. They settled in Weybridge, VT in 1979, after spending four years in the Air Force, and continue to live in Weybridge. The Ayers have three adult children - Gretchen, Allison and Nathan.
Ayer has served in the following positions:
- Member Board of Directors: Otter Creek Natural Resources Conservation District (1992 - ).
- Member Vermont State Senate (2003 - ).
- Member of the board of the Middlebury Area Land Trust.
- Member of the Weybridge Conservation Commission.
- Member of the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Committee.
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