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Rep. Ann Pugh latest House chairwoman not seeking re-election

DEPARTING CHAIRS (clockwise from left) – Reps. Carolyn Partridge, Ann Pugh, Janet Ancel, Kate Webb, and Sarah Copeland-Hanzas.

By Guy Page

The departure of chairwomen in the Vermont House of Representatives continues with Ann Pugh, longtime chair of the Human Services Committee, announcing this week she will not seek re-election. 

Pugh, a South Burlington Democrat, has served in the Legislature since 1993, many of those years as Human Services chair. She has shepherded the committee’s approval of bills legalizing prescription of lethal drugs at end of life and both legislation and the proposed Constitutional amendment providing unrestricted access to abortion. 

“After 15 terms I am stepping down,” Pugh wrote in her May 5 column in The Other Paper, the community newspaper for South Burlington. “It has been an incredible honor for me to represent South Burlington as one of its state representatives. It has been one of the greatest privileges in my life to bring the voices of residents of South Burlington to Montpelier, to bring their interests and concerns into the legislative discussions. I am proud of the work that I’ve have done to strengthen the state’s social safety net, to protect children and families, to ensure reproductive liberty and to address both the COVID-19 and opioid crises.”

She also announced that Emily Krasnow is collecting petition signatures to run for her seat in the Legislature.

According to her legislative bio, Pugh is a native of Rye, New York. After college, she moved to Vermont, where she began her career as a social worker and, shortly after moving to the State, settled in her current home in South Burlington. She is a graduate of Rye Country Day School, received a BS from Union College, Schenectady, NY, and an MSW from Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Pugh also has a CAS in Administration and Planning that she earned at the University of Vermont. 

She is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Social Work at UVM. Earlier in her career, she was employed by the Baird Center for Children and Families (now Howard Center), Trinity College, and the State of Vermont.

Other House chairs leaving the Legislature include: Sarah Copeland-Hanzas of Gov Ops, who is running for Secretary of State; Janet Ancel of Ways & Means; Carolyn Partridge of Agriculture and Forestry; and Kate Webb of Education. All are Democrats. 

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  1. Much as I was taught that if I dont have anything nice to say, then say nothing…I still feel compelled to wish them all a GOOD RIDDANCE.

  2. REMEMBER ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 8TH 2022 TO VOTE OUT THE LIBERAL DEM SWAMP RATS 🐀 🐀 🐀 PERIOD FOLKS!!
    PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT RINO REPUBLICANS THAT CROSS PARTY LINE AND VOTE IN TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOT REPUBLICANS THAT HOLD THE LINE PERIOD FOLKS !
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  3. Anyone on their third or fourth round of boosters have to many prions to manage any committee.

  4. Another old witch who spent far too long pushing her unwanted marxist agenda on Vermonters and getting away with it. Wake up Vermonters we are being ruled by these progressives who ignore real problems facing working Vermonters.

  5. Business and Consumers
    National Federation of Independent Business – Vermont
    0%
    2019-2020
    Vermont Chamber of Commerce
    17%
    2013-2014

    Conservative
    American Conservative Union (ACU)
    0%
    2020

    Family
    Take It To The People
    0%
    2001-2002

    Guns
    Gun Owners of Vermont
    0%
    2020
    National Rifle Association (NRA)
    0%
    2020
    National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund
    C
    2010

    Health and Health Care
    Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund
    100%
    2019-2020

    Labor Unions
    Vermont Livable Wage Campaign
    91%
    2005-2006
    Vermont State Employees’ Association
    100%
    2017
    Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
    100%
    2007

    DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YA

  6. They helped to screw up Vermont for the past 30 years and now they bow out with much fanfare. Someone should introduce a bill that says when you screw things up this much, you must stay and help to fix it-free of charge!

    The incoming, common-sense legislators should be ready to REPEAL, the layers of superfluous, redundant, bills that our progressive/democrat majority legislature passed but had no intention of enforcing for the past 30 years

    People had better smarten up and get off of the couch to vote for common-sense conservatives this election or our brave little state is screwed.

  7. Seems to me they are trying to avoid the consequences of the Nuremburg charges that should be coming as more of we the people see the truth of what has happened here and in other states/countries. No politician should escape the LAW or the wrath of the American people just because they quit the job they were killing people at. No, they will not escape. Not a threat but think of all the NAZIs that the people of the world executed for their crimes. Including just standing by and deciding to NOT to smell the awful smell coming from down the road or the defense mantra of ” we were just following orders” .Were you?… really?.. I think not.

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