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, 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. 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".
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 was married to a physician, Dr. Alan Ayer, who died in 2015. They settled in Weybridge, VT in 1979, after spending four years in the Air Force. Senator Ayer has three adult children - Gretchen, Allison and Nathan—and currently lives in Addison, VT.
Ayer has served in the following positions:
- Member Board of Directors: Otter Creek Natural Resources Conservation District (1992 - ).
- Member Vermont State Senate (2003 - ).
- Member Board of Trustees, University of Vermont (2005 - ).
- Member Weybridge School Board.
- 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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