Taking the Oath of Office
The 74th legislative biennial session began on Wednesday, January 4th. Newly elected legislators took the oath of office to start the work of the 2017 session. House members elected Representative Mitzi Johnson, of South Hero, Speaker of the House. In her opening comments, Speaker Johnson urged collegiality and a nonpartisan approach to problem solving. I echoed her comments later in the day in a report filed by VTDigger: “The directive of the hour is to work together and find solutions.”
It is an honor to take my seat in the House chamber as one of Essex Junction’s State Representatives. My seat, seat 60, sits amongst several long-serving members. I am eager to learn from my colleagues as we prepare for our work.
Later in the day, Governor Shumlin delivered his farewell address to a Joint Assembly of the House and Senate.
On Thursday, Phil Scott was sworn in as the 82nd Governor of Vermont. Governor Scott delivered remarks outlining his priorities. I look forward to learning more about the specifics of Governor Scott’s proposals, which will be outlined in his budget address on January 26. In the meantime, I expect the Education Committee will begin its work. You can learn more about the members of the committee, and find details about upcoming hearings, by visiting the General Assembly’s website.