Dylan Wins Johnson State College Rising Alumni Award, September 2016

About Dylan

A lifelong Vermonter, Dylan’s experience includes work in business, State government and the Vermont General Assembly, where from 2014-2016 he served as Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House. He currently works as Director of Outreach and Financial Literacy in the Vermont Office of the State Treasurer.

Dylan serves on the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition Board of Directors and the Essex Community Historical Society Board of Trustees. He is a Justice of the Peace. In November 2017 Dylan was named one of Vermont Business Magazine’s Rising Stars.

Dylan was born and raised in Rutland County. As a young student, he found school frustrating and posted poor grades. Dylan dropped out of high school at age sixteen to pursue an interest in music. He played with bands and worked odd jobs around Vermont, including stints as a carpenter’s assistant, gas station attendant, and managing shifts at a successful restaurant.

He worked full-time in restaurants to put himself through college, earning degrees, with top honors, from the Community College of Vermont and Johnson State College.

While studying at Johnson State College, longtime professor and Republican State Senator Bill Doyle urged Dylan to consider a career in state government. Dylan threw himself into learning about Vermont’s political process and quickly developed a reputation for hard work. Upon graduation, State Treasurer Beth Pearce recruited him to serve as her principal assistant. In 2014, Speaker of the House Shap Smith tapped Dylan to serve as his Chief of Staff and manage the House’s day-to-day activities.

During his time in the House, Dylan became known as a no nonsense taskmaster who reaches across party lines to solve problems. He put Vermonters first by addressing constituents’ questions and concerns. He pushed from the inside to make government work for working people.

In May, 2016, Dylan announced he was running to fill the vacant seat in Essex’s two-member legislative district. He was elected on Novemeber 8, 2016 and was sworn in to office on January 4, 2016. Speaker Mitzi Johnson appointed Dylan to serve on the Education Committee.

Dylan lives with his wife, Candace Morgan, a policy expert who works in the Administration of Governor Phil Scott. They live on Arlington Street.