Elizabeth M. Ready

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Elizabeth Mary "Liz" Ready (pronounced "reedy") (born October 7, 1953) is a Vermont politician who served as Auditor of Accounts from 2001 to 2005.

Early life[edit]

Ready was born in Burlington on October 7, 1953 and became a resident of Lincoln in 1976.

Ready was educated in Burlington and graduated from Rice Memorial High School. She attended the University of Vermont and Burlington College, from which she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. Ready later attended Norwich University, where she studied Public Administration.[1]

Start of career[edit]

For several years Ready taught basic literacy skills to adults in rural Addison County. She then became a consultant to the Vermont Department of Education, where she was credited with founding the Adult Diploma Program and working with vocational centers throughout Vermont to design programs for adult students.

In 1986 Ready joined Governor Madeleine M. Kunin's Office of Policy Research and Coordination.

In 1988 Ready founded the Addison County Community Trust, an organization which works to develop affordable housing, protect farmland, and preserve natural resources. She served as the Trust's Director for 12 years.[1]

Early political career[edit]

A Democrat, Ready served in several local offices, including auditor, planning commissioner and selectman in Lincoln and as a member of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission.

In 1988 Ready was elected to the Vermont Senate. She won reelection five times and served from 1989 to 2001. During her Senate service she was on the Natural Resources Committee for twelve years and served as chairperson for four. In addition, she served on the Agriculture Committee for eight years, the Finance Committee for six, and the Appropriations Committee for six. For six years she also served as a member of the Joint Fiscal Committee.[2]

Service as Auditor[edit]

In 2000 Ready was the successful Democratic nominee for Auditor of Accounts, defeating Republican John S. Hall of St. Johnsbury and two minor candidates.[3][4][5]

Ready won reelection in 2002, defeating Republican Bruce Hyde of Fayston and three minor candidates.[6][7][8]

Defeat for third term[edit]

In 2004 Ready ran for reelection. Randy Brock of Swanton was chosen as the Republican nominee.[9]

During this campaign Ready was accused of having falsified her biography, with her State Senate biographical sketch and commercial publications including Marquis Who's Who in American Politics and the State Yellow Book incorrectly indicating that she had received a bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont rather than Burlington College, and that she had completed a master's degree from Norwich University.[10][11][12]

In the 2004 general election Brock defeated Ready 52% to 42%, with 6% going to the candidate of the Liberty Union Party. Ready's defeat was largely attributed to questions about her integrity that were raised as the result of her incorrect biography.[13]

Post political career[edit]

After leaving office Ready moved to Burlington and became Executive Director of the John W. Graham Emergency Shelter in Vergennes.[14][15][16][17]


  1. ^ a b Vermont Executive Branch Biographies, published by Vermont Secretary of State, 2003, page 351
  2. ^ Candidate profile, Elizabeth M. Ready, published by Vermont Secretary of State, 2002, page 35
  3. ^ News article, Under the Dome, VermontBiz.com, August 2000
  4. ^ Editorial, Electing the Legislature, Randolph Herald, November 2, 2000
  5. ^ Candidate profile, Elizabeth Ready, published by Vermont Secretary of State, 2004, page 17
  6. ^ Candidate List for Vermont, published by Vermont Secretary of State, September 26, 2002
  7. ^ Newspaper article, Hyde Seeks To Unseat Ready, Randolph Herald, October 17, 2002
  8. ^ General Election Results, Auditor of Accounts, 1848-2008, published by Vermont State Archives and Records Administration 2002, page 18
  9. ^ Vermont Primary Election Results, published by Vermont Secretary of State, 2004
  10. ^ Newspaper article, Biographical Errors Become a Major Issue, by John Zicconi, Vermont Press Bureau, September 28, 2004
  11. ^ Newspaper column, Vermont Chainsaw Massacre, by Peter Freyne, Seven Days, September 29, 2004
  12. ^ News report, Errors in Ready's Biography Draw Fire From Brock, by John Dillon, Vermont Public Radio, September 27, 2004
  13. ^ News article, Brock Consolidates GOP power, by Kathryn Casa, Vermont Guardian, November 4, 2004
  14. ^ Affordable Housing Out of Reach For Some County Residents, by Megan James, Addison Independent, November 22, 2007, republished in Wyoming Winds, a publication of The Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless
  15. ^ News article, Shelter Directors Demand Emergency Funding, by Mike Ives, Seven Days, October 1, 2008
  16. ^ News article, Stimulus Money Helping Homeless Find Housing, by John Dillon, Vermont Public Radio, December 22, 2009
  17. ^ Contact page, John W. Graham Emergency Shelter, accessed November 12, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Edward S. Flanagan
Vermont Auditor of Accounts
2001 – 2005
Succeeded by
Randy Brock