Legislation

Krowinski re-elected House Speaker, but not without pushback

House members applaud speech of Speaker of the House Jill Krowinski. Chronicle photo

By Guy Page

Speaker of the House Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington) was re-elected to another term today, but not without opposition to the process from one Republican lawmaker.

Krowinski was nominated by Brattleboro Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, and seconded by Republican Mike Marcotte of Coventry. Minority leader Patty McCoy (R-Poultney)  then moved that the House assembly cast one ballot to elect Krowinski speaker. At that point, Rep. Anne Donahue (R-Northfield/Berlin) rose to speak.

“We may want to rethink the process of casting one ballot,” Donahue said. “There are some issues around that.” For example, she said, “It denies transparency.”

After Donahue concluded her remarks, Deputy Secretary of State Chris Winters asked for a voice vote on the one ballot question. It passed with a loud chorus of “Ayes” and just one “No” – Donahue’s. 

Donahue, a parliamentarian and pro-life lawmaker who was the spokesperson for the anti-Act 22 organization Vermonters for Good Government, did rise with others and applaud Krowinski – a former Planned Parenthood lobbyist – after her election. 

Krowinski called lawmakers to pass bills for a vibrant, resilient Vermont. “As your speaker, I remain committed to legislation that protects historically marginalized populations,” Krowinski said. 

The House unanimously re-elected Betsy Ann Wrask as Clerk.

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  1. Appears the vote exposes the Uniparty is unified. Anne Donahue appears to be the lone sane person in the chamber – good for her for standing her ground.

  2. Krowinski called lawmakers to pass bills for a vibrant, resilient Vermont. “As your speaker, I remain committed to legislation that protects historically marginalized populations,” Krowinski said. 

    Oh right Krowinski, committed to protection for the marginalized….except for those still growing in the womb…..

  3. “As your speaker, I remain committed to legislation that protects historically marginalized populations,” Krowinski said. 

    Except of course if you are a marginalized population still growing in the womb……

  4. Another Tyrant group of Representatives. Along with the Leader Flipper Scott they will continue to make Vt the welfare state and destroy it.

  5. How about the marginalized Native Vermonters who are being regulated, taxed and “fee’d” to death?

  6. You got to wonder after the Covid response debacle and the refusal of lawmakers, the governor and the Dept of Health’s to acknowledge even the least failing in that regard whether, if it turned out that their legislation WASN’T helping ‘marginalized populations’ but was simply self-serving and virtue signaling, they’d acknowledge and change coarse in that respect either, not withstanding all the taxes they have the power to impose on all the rest of us ‘lowly and deluded’ Vermonters.

  7. Wow, they used to say things like “I’ll work for all Vermonters” (that would be Inclusive by the way) Now they come out with ‘I am here for the ‘marginalized’. Did we get the full context on this? Either way, these people have no interest in governing the populace, they are pure activists motivated by their special causes and self-importance, they are saviors!!! Vermonters keep sending them, why?

  8. To all those who are critical of how much of a RINO that Gov. Scott is…let me shock you with the phrase: Governor Krowinski…be careful what you wish for…

    • Might I suggest to the governor; since any veto is likely to be overridden then maybe he should just sit back and let any of the bills become laws with no signature, thereby making the LEGISLATURE ONLY responsible for what we are stuck with.

  9. Every last one of these radicals are in lock-step with the Biden regime. Always crying about Democracy when thier true intentions are to “Fundamentally Change America.”

    “America is a republic and not a pure democracy. The contemporary efforts to weaken our republican customs and institutions in the name of greater equality thus run against the efforts by America’s Founders to defend our country from the potential excesses of democratic majorities.” Bernard J. Dobski, Ph.D.

  10. This state has been democrat run for years even with a republican governor, time to change that. Look at how bad the liberal run city of Burlington has become.

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