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Gov. Peter Shumlin
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Peter Shumlin is a small business owner, public servant and father of two from Putney, Vermont.

A committed entrepreneur, Peter was the longtime co-director, along with his brother, of Putney Student Travel and National Geographic Student Expeditions, a company that sends students on educational programs and service projects across the globe. He is also a partner in several real estate companies that provide housing and commercial space in Southeast Vermont.

His career in public service began almost 30 years ago when at the age of 24 he was elected to serve on the town’s select board. In 1990, Governor Madeleine Kunin appointed Peter to fill an empty seat in the Vermont House of Representatives, where he served for 3 years. He then served Windham County for 8 terms in the VT Senate and was elected by his colleagues to lead the Senate as President pro tem the majority of that time.

As Governor, Peter is determined to get tough things done. Since his inauguration, he has been working hard to create jobs for those who need them and raise incomes for those who have jobs, control skyrocketing health care costs, expand broadband and cell service to every corner of the state, reduce recidivism, invest in quality education opportunities, and rebuild our roads and bridges. Taken together, these and other key goals represent an ambitious agenda to create a brighter economic future for Vermonters.

Peter, 55, is the father of two daughters Olivia, 20, and Rebecca, 19. In his free time he enjoys running, hiking and cross country skiing. He likes to fish, hunt and garden and can sometimes be found spreading manure and cutting hay at his farm.

Blog Entries by Gov. Peter Shumlin

We Need More Women in Governorships

(30) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 11:33 AM

There is no disputing that women are on the rise in America. Our tremendously successful outgoing secretary of state was a woman who very nearly became president (and might still), 21 women are CEOs of Fortune 500 companies (a title that was previously reserved for men), and this past election...

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Bullying: It Does Get Better, But We All Need to Step Up

(33) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 8:59 AM

We have seen too many young people in Vermont and around the nation lose their hope, their passion, and their lives due to the increased presence of bullying in today's society.

States must continue to push anti-harassment bills through their legislature to increase protection for our youth. Here in Vermont,...

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Vermont Is Helping to Lead the Nation in Transforming Our Energy System

(246) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 5:04 PM

We come from Vermont. We know our small state cannot reverse global warming on our own, but we can provide a model for America which helps lead our nation and the world to a more sustainable and secure energy future.

We see three major imperatives.

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It Gets Better (VIDEO)

(20) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 4:41 PM

Throughout my life, I have understood what it means to feel different. As someone with dyslexia, I still have nightmares about spelling bees from childhood. Not everyone grows up the same way. But if you work hard and persevere, it does get better.

It takes courage to be who...

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The Economic Urgency of Health Care Reform

(336) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 5:43 PM

Watching the events of the past several weeks in Washington has been sobering. Decades of failed fiscal policy have finally come home to roost and Congress is tied in knots trying to find a compromise solution and avoid American default. Americans rightly are scared that our leaders can't find a...

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