State Government

New chairs named for House Appropriations, Transportation committees

By Guy Page

Rep. Mary Hooper (D-Montpelier) has been named chair of the House Appropriations Committee, succeeding retired chair Kitty Toll of Danville. Appropriations prepares the state budget bill, a/k/a the “big bill.” Hooper is a former mayor of Montpelier.

Also, Rep. Curt McCormack (D-Burlington) has stepped down as Transportation Committee Chair. He will remain a member of the committee which he has transformed into a juggernaut of renewable power spending and policy. Diane Lanpher (D-Vergennes) succeeds him as chair. 

Vice-chair changes include: Charlie Kimbell (D-Woodstock), Commerce and Economic Development; Sarah Coffey (D-Guilford), Corrections and Institutions; Jim McCullough (D-Williston), Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife; Butch Shaw (R-Pittsford), Transportation; and Progressive Democrat Emilie Kornheiser (Brattleboro) replacing Republican Bill Canfield on the Ways & Means (tax) committee.

All committee leadership and member appointments are made by the Speaker of the House, in consultation with House leadership. The following list of all House committee appointments was published yesterday on the Vermont Legislature website.

Agriculture & Forest Products

Chair: Partridge of Windham

Vice-Chair: Graham of Williamstown

Ranking Member: Bock of Chester

Norris of Shoreham

O’Brien of Tunbridge

Pearl of Danville

Surprenant of West Windsor 

Strong of Albany


Chair: Hooper of Montpelier

Vice-Chair: Fagan of Rutland City

Ranking Member: Jessup of Middlesex

Feltus of Lyndon

Harrison of Chittenden

Helm of Fair Haven

Scheu of Middlebury

Squirrell of Underhill

Toleno of Brattleboro

Townsend of South Burlington

Yacavone of Morristown

Commerce & Economic Development

Chair: Marcotte of Coventry

Vice-Chair: Kimbell of Woodstock

Ranking Member: Jerome of Brandon 

Dickinson of St. Albans Town

Kitzmiller of Montpelier

Martin of Franklin

Mulvaney-Stanak of Burlington

Nicoll of Ludlow

Nigro of Bennington

Seymour of Sutton

White of Bethel

Corrections & Institutions

Chair: Emmons of Springfield

Vice-Chair: Coffey of Guilford

Ranking Member: Morrissey of Bennington

Batchelor of Derby

Bos-Lun of Westminster

Campbell of St. Johnsbury 

Dolan of Essex 

Martel of Waterford

M. Morgan of Milton

Sullivan of Dorset

Taylor of Colchester


Chair: Webb of Shelburne

Vice-Chair: Cupoli of Rutland City

Ranking Member: Conlon of Cornwall

Arrison of Weathersfield

Austin of Colchester

Brady of Williston 

Brown of Richmond

Hooper of Randolph 

James of Manchester

Williams of Granby

Toof of St. Albans Town

Energy and Technology

Chair: Briglin of Thetford

Vice-Chair: Sibilia of Dover

Ranking Member: Scheuermann of Stowe

Achey of Middletown Springs

Chase of Colchester

Patt of Worcester

Rogers of Waterville

Sims of Craftsbury

Yantachka of Charlotte 

General, Housing, and Military Affairs

Chair: Stevens of Waterbury

Vice-Chair: Troiano of Stannard

Ranking Member: Murphy of Fairfax

Birong of Vergennes

Bluemle of Burlington

Hango of Berkshire

Howard of Rutland City

Killacky of South Burlington 

Palasik of Milton 

Parsons of Newbury

Walz of Barre City

Government Operations

Chair: Copeland Hanzas of Bradford

Vice-Chair: Gannon of Wilmington

Ranking Member: LaClair of Barre Town

Anthony of Barre City 

Colston of Winooski 

Higley of Lowell 

Hooper of Burlington

Lefebvre of Orange

McCarthy of St. Albans City 

Mrowicki of Putney

Vyhovsky of Essex

Health Care

Chair: Lippert of Hinesburg

Vice-Chair: Donahue of Northfield

Ranking Member: Houghton of Essex

Black of Essex

Burrows of West Windsor

Cina of Burlington

Cordes of Lincoln 

Goldman of Rockingham

Long of Newfane

Page of Newport City 

Peterson of Clarendon

Human Services

Chair: Pugh of South Burlington

Vice-Chair: Wood of Waterbury

Ranking Member: McFaun of Barre Town

Brumsted of Shelburne 

Gregoire of Fairfield 

Noyes of Wolcott

Pajala of Londonderry 

Redmond of Essex

Rosenquist of Georgia

Small of Winooski

Whitman of Bennington 


Chair: Grad of Moretown

Vice-Chair: Burditt of West Rutland

Ranking Member: Christie of Hartford

Colburn of Burlington

Donnally of Hyde Park

Goslant of Northfield 

Lalonde of South Burlington

Leffler of Enosburgh

Notte of Rutland City 

Norris of Sheldon 

Rachelson of Burlington

Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife

Chair: Sheldon of Middlebury

Vice-Chair: McCullough of Williston

Ranking Member: Smith of New Haven

Bongartz of Manchester

Brownell of Pownal

Dolan of Waitsfield

Lefebvre of Newark

L. Morgan of Milton

Morris of Springfield

Satcowitz of Randolph

Terenzini of Rutland Town


Chair: Lanpher of Vergennes

Vice-Chair: Shaw of Pittsford

Ranking Member: Corcoran of Bennington

Bartholomew of Hartland

Burke of Brattleboro

McCormack of Burlington

McCoy of Poultney 

Savage of Swanton

Smith of Derby

Stebbins of Burlington

White of Hartford 

Ways and Means

Chair: Ancel of Calais

Vice-Chair: Kornheiser of Brattleboro 

Ranking Member: Canfield of Fair Haven

Beck of St. Johnsbury

Brennan of Colchester

Durfee of Shaftsbury 

Elder of Starksboro 

Ode of Burlington

Masland of Thetford

Mattos of Milton 

Till of Jericho

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  1. Thanks for the list of committee assignments.
    Now we citizens need to encourage our elected legislators to reduce State spending and debt, let private enterprise handle health care, and allow energy choices to be freely made by individuals and businesses without government -imposed rules and subsidies through higher taxes.
    Linda Kirker