Peter Shumlin, Governor of the Great State of Vermont, was born in Brattleboro, Vermont on March 24, 1956 and has lived in Putney/Westminster all of his life. Occupation: educator/business owner/ dairy farmer. He was educated in elementary schools in Putney, Vermont; graduated from Buxton School, Williamstown, Massachusetts; Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut (B.A., 1979). He is married to Deborah Holway Shumlin (also born and raised in Putney), and they have two daughters, Olivia and Rebecca.
Member of: Board of Selectmen, chair for six years; Landmark College, Putney, Vermont, board of trustees. He has served on: Windham Regional Commission; Putney Grammar School, board of trustees; Yellow Barn Music Festival; Putney Family Services. Member of the House: 1990 (seated January 3, 1990), 1991-92. Member of the Senate for 10 years: 1993-2002.
After his first term in the Senate he was elected Senate Minority Leader where he focused on re-gaining the Democratic majority for his caucus. At that time there were 11 Democrats and 19 Republicans in the Vermont Senate. After one term as Minority Leader, the Democrats captured the majority and he was elected President pro-tempore for the following six years: 1997-2002. In that capacity Peter served as chair of the Finance Committee, chair of the Senate Rules committee, as a member of the Transportation and Appropriations Committees and as a founding member of NLARX, a national legislative organization dedicated to reducing prescription drug prices.
In 2002 he ran unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor and returned to private life for the following four years. In 2006 he was re-elected to the Senate and his colleagues elected him to return as President pro-tempore.
State Senator of Windham County, Democrat
State Senator of Bennington County, Democrat
Richard W. Sears, Jr.
Richard W. Sears, Jr.., State Senator of Bennington County, Democrat, was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, on April 22, 1943, and became a resident of Bennington in 1971. Occupation: Worked in residential programs for troubled youth for over 35 years. Retired 1/1/2006. He was educated in schools in Ashland, Massachusetts; New Hampton School, New Hampton, New Hampshire; University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont (B.A., 1969). He is married to the former Beverly Bushey. Member of: Bennington Select Board, 1987-93, chairman for four years; Elks Lodge #567.
Jeanette White, State Senator of Windham County, Democrat, was born on May 2, 1943, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota and moved to Vermont in 1972. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa in political science and sociology in 1965 and her Master's Degree in Community Development and Community Education in 1972 from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. She is married to Bill White and they have two grown children, Laurie and Josh.
Home phone: 802-387-4379
Post office address: 35A Old Depot Road, Putney, VT 05346
Ann Manwaring, State Representative of Wilmington, Whitingham and Halifax of Windham County, Democrat, was born on July 14, 1940, in Westerly, Rhode Island, and has been a resident of present town since 1977.
Occupation: Retired Small Business Owner; Founded and ran small business for 23 years which emphasized family friendly policies, raising three babies of employees in place of work. Real Estate Broker, 5 years. She was educated at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio (B.A. Economics, 1962); Marlboro College Tech Center, Brattleboro, VT (M.S. in Internet Strategy, 2001).
Affiliations: Select person, Wilmington, 12 years, Chair, 3 years; Vermont League of Cities and Towns, Board member, 9 years, President, 1 year; Wilmington Budget Committee; Wilmington Planning Commission, Windham Regional Commission, Wilmington Charter Committee, Chair; Facilities Committee, Twin Valley Schools, Chair (Merged middle and high schools of Wilmington and Whitingham); Brattleboro Area Community Land Trust, Board Member; Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce, Board member.
State Representative of Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Stamford, Somerset and Wardsboro, Windham County, Independent