Vermont House of Representatives

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Vermont House of Representatives
Vermont General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 5, 2015
Speaker of the House
Shap Smith (D)
Since January 8, 2009
Majority Leader
Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D)
Since January 7, 2015
Minority Leader
Donald H. Turner (R)
Since January 5, 2011
Progressive Leader
Christopher Pearson (P)
Since January 5, 2011
Seats 150
House of Representatives diagram 2014 State of Vermont.svg
Political groups
Governing parties

Opposition party

Length of term
2 years
Authority Section 7, Legislative Department, Vermont Constitution
Salary $636/week + per diem
Last election
November 4, 2014
(150 seats)
Next election
November 1, 2016
(150 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
VTStateHouse Chamber.jpg

The Vermont House of Representatives is the lower house of the Vermont General Assembly, the state legislature of the US state of Vermont. The House comprises 150 members, with each member representing around 4,100 citizens. Representatives are elected to a two-year term without term limits.

The House meets in Representatives Hall at the Vermont State House in Montpelier.


The Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives. The Speaker is elected by the full House by Australian Ballot. If there is only one candidate for Speaker it is commonly a voice vote for the election of the Speaker. In addition to presiding over the body, the Speaker is also the chief leadership position, and controls the flow of legislation and committee assignments. Other House leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses relative to their party's strength in the chamber.

The current Speaker is Democrat Shap Smith of the Lamoille-Washington-1 District. The Majority Leader is Sarah Copeland-Hanzas of the Orange-2 District. The Minority Leader is Republican Donald H. Turner of the Chittenden-9 District. The current Clerk of the House is Donald Milne, First Assistant Clerk is William MaGill and the Second Assistant Clerk is H. Gwynn Zakov.[1]

Leadership information

Position Name Party Residence District
Speaker of the House Shap Smith Democratic Morristown Lamoille-Washington
Majority Leader Sarah Copeland-Hanzas Democratic Bradford Orange-2
Assistant Majority Leader Kate Webb Democratic Shelburne Chittenden-5-1
Minority Leader Donald H. Turner Republican Milton Chittenden-10
Assistant Minority Leader Brian K. Savage Republican Swanton Franklin-4
Progressive Leader Christopher Pearson Progressive Burlington Chittenden-6-4
Assistant Progressive Leader Susan Davis Progressive West Topsham Orange-1


Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Prog Ind Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 94 5 3 47 150 0
Begin[2] 96 5 4 44 149 1
February 7, 2013[3] 45 150 0
End of previous legislature
Begin 85 6 6 53 150 0
Latest voting share 64.7% 35.3%

Seven members of the Democratic Caucus are also affiliated with the Vermont Working Families Party.


District Representative Party Residence First elected
Addison-1 Betty Nuovo Dem Middlebury 1996
Amy Sheldon Dem Middlebury 2014
Addison-2 Willem Jewett Dem Ripton 2002
Addison-3 Diane Lanpher Dem Vergennes 2008
Warren Van Wyck Rep Ferrisburgh 2013†
Addison-4 Fred Baser Dem Lincoln 2000
David Sharpe Rep Bristol 2014
Addison-5 Harvey Smith Rep New Haven 2010
Addison-Rutland-1 Allison Eastman Ind Orwell 2014
Bennington-1 Bill Botzow Dem Bennington 2002
Bennington-2-1 Timothy Corcoran II Dem Bennington 2002
Rachael Fields Dem Bennington 2014
Bennington-2-2 Ruqaiyah Morris Dem Bennington 2014
Mary Morrissey Rep Bennington 1996
Bennington-3 Alice Miller Dem Shaftsbury 1996
Bennington-4 Steven Berry Dem Manchester 2014
Cynthia Browning Dem Arlington 2006
Bennington-Rutland-1 Patti Komline Rep Dorset 2004
Caledonia-1 Marcia Martel Rep Waterford 2014
Caledonia-2 Joseph Troiano Dem East Hardwick 2014
Caledonia-3 Scott Beck Rep St. Johnsbury 2014
Robert South Dem St. Johnsbury 2008
Caledonia-4 Martha Feltus Rep Lyndonville 2012
Richard Lawrence Rep Lyndonville 2004
Caledonia-Washington-1 Kitty Beattie Toll Dem Danville 2008
Chittenden-1 Anne Theresa O'Brien Dem Richmond 2008
Chittenden-2 Terence Macaig Dem Williston 2008
Jim McCullough Dem Williston 2002
Chittenden-3 William Frank Dem Underhill 2004
George Till Dem Jericho 2008
Chittenden-4-1 Mike Yantachka Dem Charlotte 2010
Chittenden-4-2 William J. Lippert Dem Hinesburg 1992
Chittenden-5-1 Kate Webb Dem Shelburne 2008
Chittenden-5-2 Joan Lenes Dem Shelburne 2004
Chittenden-6-1 Joanna Cole Dem Burlington 2012
Kurt Wright Rep Burlington 2000
Chittenden-6-2 Jean O'Sullivan Dem Burlington 2012†
Chittenden-6-3 Jill Krowinski Dem Burlington 2012†
Curtis McCormack Dem Burlington 2012
Chittenden-6-4 Christopher Pearson Prog Burlington 2010
Kesha Ram Dem Burlington 2008
Chittenden-6-5 Johannah Leddy Donovan Dem Burlington 2000
Mary Sullivan Dem Burlington 2008
Chittenden-6-6 Barbara Rachelson Dem Burlington 2012
Chittenden-6-7 Clem Bissonnette Dem Winooski 2008
Diana Gonzalez Dem/Prog Winooski 2014
Chittenden-7-1 Martin Lalonde Dem South Burlington 2014
Chittenden-7-2 Ann Pugh Dem South Burlington 1992
Chittenden-7-3 Helen Head Dem South Burlington 2002
Chittenden-7-4 Maida Townsend Dem South Burlington 2012
Chittenden-8-1 Debbie Evans Dem Essex Junction 2004
Linda Myers Rep Essex Junction 2000
Chittenden-8-2 Paul Dame Rep Essex Junction 2014
Tim Jerman Dem Essex Junction 2004
Chittenden-8-3 Robert Bancroft Rep Westford 2014
Chittenden-9-1 Jim Condon Dem Colchester 2004
Joey Purvis Rep Colchester 2014
Chittenden-9-2 Patrick Brennan Rep Colchester 2002
Maureen Dakin Dem Colchester 2014
Chittenden-10 Ronald Hubert Rep Milton 2008
Donald H. Turner Rep Milton 2006†
Essex-Caledonia Constance Quimby Dem/Rep Concord 2012
Essex-Caledonia-Orleans Paul Lefebvre Rep Island Pond 2014
Franklin-1 Carolyn Whitney Branagan Rep Georgia 2002
Franklin-2 Barbara Murphy Ind Fairfax 2014
Franklin-3-1 Kathleen Keenan Dem St. Albans City 1988
Corey Parent Rep St. Albans City 2014
Franklin-3-2 Eileen Dickinson Rep St. Albans Town 2008
Franklin-4 Marianna Gamache Dem Swanton 2014
Brian K. Savage Rep Swanton 2008
Franklin-5 Stephen Beyor Rep Highgate Springs 2012
Albert Pearce Rep Richford 2008
Franklin-6 Daniel Connor Dem Fairfield 2012
Franklin-7 Larry Fiske Rep Enosburg Falls 2014
Grand Isle-Chittenden-1 Mitzi Johnson Dem South Hero 2002
Robert Krebs Dem Grand Isle 2010†
Lamoille-1 Heidi Scheurermann Rep Stowe 2006
Lamoille-2 Linda Martin Dem Wolcott 2004
Mark Woodward Dem Johnson 2011†
Lamoille-3 Bernard Juskiewicz Rep Cambridge 2012
Lamoille-Washington Avram Patt Dem Worcester 2014
Shap Smith Dem Morrisville 2002
Orange-1 Susan Davis Prog West Topsham 2006
Rodney Graham Rep Williamstown 2014
Orange-2 Sarah Copeland-Hanzas Dem Bradford 2004
Orange-Caledonia Chip Conquest Dem Wells River 2008
Orange-Washington-Addison Patsy French Dem Randolph 2002
Marjorie Ryerson Dem Randolph 2013
Orleans-1 Lynn Batchelor Rep Derby Line 2010
Loren Shaw Rep Derby 2012
Orleans-2 Michael Marcotte Rep Newport Town 2004
Gary Viens Rep Newport City 2014
Orleans-Caledonia Vicki Strong Rep Irasburg 2010
Sam Young Dem West Glover 2010
Orleans-Lamoille Mark Higley Rep Lowell 2008
Rutland-1 Patricia McCoy Rep Poultney 2014
Rutland-2 Thomas Burditt Rep West Rutland 2010
Dave Potter Dem Clarendon 2004
Rutland-3 William Canfield Rep Fair Haven 2004
Robert Helm Rep Fair Haven 1990
Rutland-4 Thomas Terenzini Rep Rutland Town 2012
Rutland-5-1 Peter Fagan Rep Rutland City 2008
Rutland-5-2 Lawrence Cupoli Rep Rutland City 2012
Rutland-5-3 Herb Font-Russell Dem Rutland City 2010
Rutland-5-4 Douglas Gage Rep Rutland City 2012
Rutland-6 Stephen Carr Dem Brandon 2012
Butch Shaw Rep Pittsford 2010
Rutland-Bennington Robin Chestnut-Tangerman Prog Middletown Springs 2014
Rutland-Windsor-1 Job Tate Rep Mendon 2014
Rutland-Windsor-2 Dennis Devereux Rep Belmont 2006
Washington-1 Anne Donahue Rep Northfield 2002
Patti Lewis Rep Berlin 2010
Washington-2 Robert LeClair Rep Barre Town 2014
Francis McFaun Rep Barre Town 2004
Washington-3 Paul Poirier Ind Barre City 2008
Tommy Walz Dem Barre City 2014
Washington-4 Mary Hooper Dem Montpelier 2008
Warren F. Kitzmiller Dem Montpelier 2000
Washington-5 Tony Klein Dem Montpelier 2002
Washington-6 Janet Ancel Dem Calais 2004
Washington-7 Maxine Jo Grad Dem Moretown 2000
Adam Greshin Ind Warren 2008
Washington-Chittenden Rebecca Ellis Dem Waterbury Center 2011†
Tom Stevens Dem Waterbury 2008
Windham-1 Michael Hebert Rep Vernon 2010
Windham-2-1 Valerie Stuart Dem Brattleboro 2010
Windham-2-2 Mollie S. Burke Prog Brattleboro 2008
Windham-2-3 Tristan Toleno Dem Brattleboro 2012
Windham-3 Carolyn Partridge Dem Windham 1998
Matthew A. Trieber Dem Bellows Falls 2011†
Windham-4 David Deen Dem Putney 1990
Mike Mrowicki Dem Putney 2008
Windham-5 Emily Long Dem Newfane 2014
Windham-6 Ann Manwaring Dem Wilmington 2006
Windham-Bennington Laura Sibilia Ind Dover 2014
Windham-Bennington-Windsor Oliver Olsen Ind South Londonderry 2014
Windsor-1 Jon Bartholomew Dem Hartland 2010
Donna Sweaney Dem Windsor 1996
Windsor-2 Mark Huntley Dem Ludlow 2012
Windsor-3-1 Leigh Dakin Dem Chester 2010
Windsor-3-2 Alice Emmons Dem Springfield 1982
Robert Forguites Dem North Springfield 2014
Windsor-4-1 Teo Zagar Dem Barnard 2011†
Windsor-4-2 Kevin Christie Dem White River Junction 2010
Gabrielle Lucke Dem White River Junction 2014
Windsor-5 Alison Clarkson Dem Woodstock 2004
Windsor-Orange-1 Sarah E. Buxton Dem South Royalton 2010
Windsor-Orange-2 Timothy Briglin Dem Thetford Center 2014
Jim Masland Dem Thetford Center 1998
Windsor-Rutland Sandy Haas Prog Rochester 2004

† Originally appointed to the House.

Past notable members

Nearly all of the governors of the state, most US representatives and most US senators, were first members of this house. The following were also members:


The house typically meets Tuesday through Friday during the session.[4]

See also


  1. [1]
  2. Republican Gregory Clark (Addison 3) died November 30 in a car crash.
  3. Republican Warren Van Wyck appointed to succeed Clark.
  4. Remsen, Nancy and Hallenbeck, Teri (January 8, 2009). Following the Legislature. Burlington Free Press.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

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