Doug Racine

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Doug Racine
78th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
In office
January 9, 1997 – January 8, 2003
GovernorHoward Dean
Preceded byBarbara Snelling
Succeeded byBrian Dubie
Personal details
Born (1952-10-07) October 7, 1952 (age 66)
Burlington, Vermont, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materPrinceton University

Douglas A. Racine (born October 7, 1952 in Burlington, Vermont), is former Vermont Secretary of Human Services, a former Vermont State Senator and was the 78th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont. He is a Democrat. Racine was a candidate for the 2010 Democratic nomination for Governor of Vermont. He previously ran for governor in 2002, but lost to Republican Jim Douglas. In an election where no candidate won a majority, Douglas won a 45% plurality, and Racine declined to contest the outcome before the Vermont General Assembly.


Racine is a 1970 graduate of Burlington High School and a 1974 graduate of Princeton University. Racine worked as a legislative assistant for Senator Patrick Leahy. He has long been involved in his family's business, the Willie Racine's, Inc. Jeep dealership founded by his father, of which he has served as vice president.

Racine served 5 terms in the Vermont Senate (1983–93). He was Chairman of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee and President Pro Tem of the Senate (1989–93). He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1996 and served three terms (1997–2003)[1] with Governor Howard Dean.

He was the Democratic nominee for governor in 2002, but lost to Republican Jim Douglas. Because no candidate won a majority, the Vermont General Assembly had to decide. The General Assembly almost always votes for the candidate who received a plurality. Racine did not contest the results, and the legislature chose Douglas.

In 2006, Racine was again elected to the Vermont Senate, representing the Chittenden Senate District. He was re-elected in 2008.

Racine ran for the 2010 Democratic nomination for Governor of Vermont.[2][3] In the 5-way Democratic primary on August 24, 2010, Racine placed second with 18,079 votes (24.22%) to first-place winner Peter Shumlin's 18,276 votes (24.48%). Racine requested a recount,[4] which reaffirmed Shumlin's nomination. Shumlin then defeated Republican Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie in the November 2, 2010 general election.

On November 30, 2010, Gov.-elect Shumlin nominated Racine to be his Secretary of Human Services.[5] On August 12, 2014, Governor Shumlin announced the departure of Racine from the same post.[6]


  1. ^ "Members of the Vermont Senate 2007-08" (PDF). Vermont General Assembly. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-03-05.
  2. ^ "Racine to run for the top spot". Barre-Montpelier (Vt.) Times-Argus. January 6, 2009. Archived from the original on February 12, 2012.
  3. ^ "Racine formally kicks off campaign for Vermont governor". Burlington (Vt.) Free Press. January 24, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Shumlin wins; Racine calls for recount". Burlington (Vt.) Free Press. August 27, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Shumlin chooses primary rival Racine as Vermont human services secretary". Burlington (Vt.) Free Press. November 30, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Racine out, Chen in for now at Human Services Agency". Burlington (Vt.) Free Press. August 12, 2014.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Welch
President pro tempore of the Vermont Senate
Succeeded by
John Bloomer
Preceded by
Barbara Snelling
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
Succeeded by
Brian Dubie
Party political offices
Preceded by
Howard Dean
Democratic nominee for Governor of Vermont
Succeeded by
Peter Clavelle