Legislation

Peter Shumlin

Gov. Phil Scott is a native Vermonter who grew up in Barre, and is a graduate of Spaulding High School and the University of Vermont. In 2000, he was elected to the Vermont Senate, where he represented Washington County for five terms. During his 10-year service in the Senate, he was Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee and Chair of the Institutions Committee. Phil was elected Vermont’s 79th Lieutenant Governor in 2010, serving until January, 2017.Throughout his years of public service, Phil has listened to, and learned from Vermonters, and is always willing to roll up his sleeves to help make a difference in people’s lives. As Lt. Governor, he launched the Everyday Jobs Initiative, and Vermont Economy Pitch sessions, for the opportunity to learn from Vermont’s employers and workers. And in 2011, in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, he organized the removal and disposal of mobile homes around the state, which were destroyed by the flood, all at no cost to homeowners and without spending any taxpayer dollars.

Through the Everyday Jobs Initiative, Phil has worked in 35 different professions around the state – working alongside a host of professionals and business owners, from manufacturing floor technicians and beekeepers to emergency room workers and second grade teachers. The Vermont Economy Pitch sessions, started in January 2015, provided businesspeople the platform to pitch ideas directly to legislators on how to improve Vermont’s business climate. Many ideas from those sessions were introduced into the 2015 legislative session, several of them passed into law.

Phil is also active in community service projects. In 2005, he founded the Wheels for Warmth program, through which Vermonters donate tires they no longer need. The tires that meet state inspection standards are offered for resale at affordable prices, with all proceeds benefiting heating fuel assistance programs. More than $ $367,000 has been raised in total, and tires that are not reusable are recycled.

In September of 2015, Phil announced his intention to run for Governor, noting:

“I’ve made this decision because I believe too many families and employers are on the economic edge. For them to thrive and our state to prosper we must revitalize the fundamentals of a strong, healthy economy that expands the middle class, lifts wages, and attracts working families, entrepreneurs and new jobs… It is time for Vermont to move forward, beginning with a change in the Governor’s office…I will be a steady hand at the helm, provide balanced leadership that values listening, stand up for working families and confront our crisis of affordability in meaningful ways. Practical leadership that is in touch with the needs of everyday families and small businesses will rebuild faith and trust in government and move Vermont forward in very positive ways.”

For more than thirty years, Phil was a co-owner of his family construction business, and raced the #14 car at Barre’s Thunder Road for more than two decades. He has the most career wins as a Late Model driver at the track. He’s also an avid cyclist, logging more than 4,000 miles in the last year alone.

Phil lives in Berlin with his wife Diana McTeague Scott and their dog, a spoiled golden retriever. He has two grown daughters, Erica and Rachael.


Phone: (802) 828-3333
TTY: (800) 649-6825
Fax: (802) 828-3339
Post office address: 109 State Street, Pavilion Montpelier, VT 05609

Rebecca Balint

State Senator of Windham County, Democrat

Born in a US Army hospital in Heidelberg, Germany where her dad was stationed. She was raised predominantly in upstate New York and attended public schools in Peekskill.

She received her BA from Smith College in Northampton, MA, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Rebecca earned her masters in education from Harvard University in 1995 and her MA in history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2001. Her career in education has been spent teaching in public and private schools in New England, as well as at the Community College of Vermont.

She first moved to Vermont in 1994 to teach rock climbing at the Farm and Wilderness Foundation in Plymouth and relocated permanently to Vermont in 1997. She went on to direct Saltash Mountain Camp at Farm and Wilderness, a coed wilderness adventure camp for 11-15 year olds.

She has served on Brattleboro's Development Review Board and as an elected town meeting representative from her district in Brattleboro. She writes a popular weekly op-ed column in the Brattleboro Reformer, serves on the workforce committee of the Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS), and is a CTI-trained coach who works with groups and individual clients on fulfilling professional and personal goals. She is also an avid runner. Rebecca lives with her wife, attorney Elizabeth R. Wohl, and their two children, Abraham and Sadie.

Home phone: 257-4162

Address: 271 South Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301

Brian Campion

State Senator of Bennington County, Democrat

Born in Albany, New York, on December 11, 1970. Campion was elected to the Vermont State Senate in 2014.

Prior to the Senate, Campion served two terms in the Vermont House of Representatives, first elected in 2010 and reelected in 2012. While a member of the House of Representatives, Campion served on the House Education Committee.

He is employed at Bennington College. He holds a BA and MA in History.

Memberships: Trustee of the Bennington Museum, Threshold Collaborative, and Green Mountain Express Network; Member of Catamount Rotary.

Home phone: 753-7705

Post Office Address: 1292 West Road, Bennington, VT 05201

E-mail: campionvt@gmail.com

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.


Home phone: 802-442-9139
Email: rsears@leg.state.vt.us
Post office address: 343 Matteson Road, North Bennington, VT 05257

Jeanette White

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

John Gannon

JOHN M. GANNON of Wilmington, Windham County, Democrat, was educated at Groton School (1980), Middlebury College (B.A. 1984), and Suffolk University Law School (J.D. 1987). Admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1988, John was an associate at Paul, Frank + Collins in Burlington, Vermont (1987-1990) and then joined the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. (1990-2001). In 2001, he joined the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. In 2004, he also became President of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

He was Executive Producer of the documentary "Trick$ of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud," which won a Telly Award in 2010. He returned to Vermont in 2011 and with his wife Crista runs Happy Dog Farm, LLC, a small poultry producer.

John serves on the Wilmington Select Board (2015-present) and is a board member of The Wilmington Fund VT, Inc. (2012-present), Wilmington Works, Inc. (2013-present), and BetterInvesting, Inc. (2011-present). He is a member of Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley, the Wilmington Trails Committee, the Vermont Mountain Bike Association, and the Vermont Farm Bureau.

Phone: 802-490-4327.

Post Office Address: P.O. Box 1003, Wilmington, VT 05363

E-mail: john.gannon@mac.com.

Laura Sibilia

State Representative of Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Stamford, Somerset and Wardsboro, Windham County, Independent

Laura Sibilia was first elected to the Vermont House of Representatives (Windham/ Bennington district) in the 2014 election. This district includes the towns of Stamford, Readsboro, Whitingham, Searsburg, Somerset, Dover and Wardsboro. She brings 13 years of experience as an elected official, eleven years of targeted work experience in economic development, public policy advocacy, project development and management, fund raising and grant making. Laura has served the Mount Snow Valley and Windham County regions and knows the people, issues and challenges well. She has devoted her high energy to the very large and long project of restoring a healthy economy after years of decline.

Laura lives in Dover with her husband TJ, daughters Stevie and Sammy and son Casey. She grew up in Connecticut and Whitingham, VT where her family moved in 1987. She has lived in Southern Vermont for 29 years, the last 16 in Dover, and along with her 11 younger brothers and sisters, graduated from the tiny former Whitingham High School. She attended Champlain College in Burlington, VT and Massachusetts College for Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA and has earned a degree in Hotel Restaurant Management. 

Laura has been an elected member of the Dover, Vermont school board since 2003, and is currently its Vice Chair. 
 Laura is Director of Economic Development for BDCC and principal staff for SeVEDS. Prior to that she was Executive Director of the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce. In both positions she devoted her high energy to economic development, network organization, strategy development, fund raising, and program execution. 

During her tenure at the chamber, Laura brought public and private entities together for long term economic development planning, events creation and marketing. Under her leadership, the chamber ran three successful public arts events, created a weekend long festival in partnership with Vermont Life Magazine for Vermont made wines, foods and artisans and helped lead creation of local and regional long term economic development strategies to diversify and grow industry and jobs. 

Her involvement in developing these long term economic development strategies, beginning with a community based response to the bad winters of 2005-6 and 2006-7, led her to accept a newly created position at BDCC, the Windham Region’s economic development agency, as Economic Development Project Director. In this role she directs the work of the Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) Board which has created the first ever federally recognized Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Southeastern Vermont. 

T.S. Irene flooding in August of 2011 severely damaged many parts of Vermont including the Windham Region. This federally declared disaster occurred as Laura was transitioning from the chamber to BDCC. During that transition, she helped provide on the ground leadership immediately after the flooding in Wilmington where town offices, police, fire and roads had been severely compromised. Her first undertaking at the BDCC was to organize support and funding for emergency business support personnel in Wilmington and Dover. She lead work with other regional entities to develop a Windham Region Disaster Recovery plan, projects and funding to address the longer term economic impacts of the flooding. In 2012 Laura was awarded the “Volunteer Perseverance” Award by the US Small Business Administration for her disaster recovery efforts.

Laura co-founded the 501 (c)3 Deerfield Valley Troop Support Group in 2002. This group was formed to connect families coping with combat deployments and to fund raise for morale and necessity care packages for service members. As a result of having six of her family members serve in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Laura has developed a deep belief in the need to expand civic participation in government. 

The best means for reaching Laura is at lhsibilia@gmail.com or at 384-0233. 

Campaign Address:
Laura Sibilia for VT
PO Box 2052
West Dover, VT 05356