Dustin Allard Degree

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Dustin Allard Degree
Member of the Vermont Senate
from the Franklin district
Assumed office
January 7, 2015
Preceded by Donald Collins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from 's St. Albans City district
In office
January 5, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Jeff Young
Succeeded by Mike McCarthy
Personal details
Born (1985-02-12) February 12, 1985 (age 32)
Political party Republican
Residence St. Albans City, Vermont
Website www.dustindegree.com

Dustin Allard Degree (born February 12, 1985) is a politician from the city of St. Albans in the U.S. state of Vermont. A Republican, he represented St. Albans in the Vermont General Assembly during the 2011-2012 biennial session. Degree graduated from Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans, in 2003 and attended Norwich University and the University of Vermont. He previously worked in the office of Governor Jim Douglas.

In June 2010, Degree left his job in the governor's office to run for the Vermont House of Representatives, seeking the Franklin-3 District seat in the General Assembly to represent St. Albans City. He cited fiscal responsibility and the need to provide more opportunities to young Vermonters as his top priorities during the campaign.[1]

On November 2, 2010, Degree defeated one-term incumbent State Representative Jeff Young by 243 votes to secure one of the two seats in the district.[2] When he took office on January 5, 2011, at 25 years old, he was the second youngest member of the Vermont General Assembly and the youngest Republican serving in the Legislature.

In 2012, Degree ran for the State Senate; he won a nomination for one of Franklin County's two seats.[3] In the general election, he was defeated by only 34 votes, a result which was confirmed by a recount.[4]

Degree ran again in 2014; in November, he won election to one of Franklin County's two seats.[5]

In 2016, Degree was reelected to a second term.[6] In January 2017, the Republican members of the State Senate chose him to serve as minority leader.[7]

Electoral history[edit]

Vermont General Assembly Election 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Kathleen Keenan (incumbent) 1025 30.11
Republican Dustin Allard Degree 968 28.44
Democratic Jeff Young (incumbent) 725 21.30
Republican Newell Decker 686 20.15
Vermont General Assembly Election 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Sara Branon Kittell 4972 21.5
Republican Dustin Allard Degree 6862 29.7
Democratic William Alan Roberts 3925 17
Republican Norm McAllister 6554 28.3
Michael Malone 823 3.6


  1. ^ St. Albans Messenger - Dustin Degree
  2. ^ (Vermont Election Results, Vermont Secretary of State)
  3. ^ "Collins wins in recount against Degree for Franklin County Senate seat". VT Digger. Montpelier, VT. December 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Collins wins in recount against Degree for Franklin County Senate seat".
  5. ^ "VPR's 2014 Election Coverage". Vermont Public Radio. Colchester, VT. November 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ Polhamus, Mike (November 9, 2016). "Degree, Branagan take Franklin County Senate seats". VT Digger. Montpelier, VT. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Mark (January 9, 2017). "Senate GOP changes leadership as last year’s divisions linger". VT Digger. Montpelier, VT. 

External links[edit]

  • [1] St. Albans Messenger