My name is Dylan Giambatista. I’m 34, live in Essex Junction, and have been honored to serve as a State Representative for my community since winning election in 2016.
Everyone has a story – my path to public service is unique from many of my colleagues at the State House. I am a lifelong Vermonter who faced challenges as a young person. I missed a lot of school and dropped out after my sophomore year. My late teens and early twenties were spent working in a variety of fields, including the trades and service industry. Like many young Vermonters, I struggled to find a way.
I played in rock bands and eventually found my way to the Community College of Vermont. Starting in 2005, I took classes all over the state — in Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland, Montpelier, and online. It took seven years, but I eventually earned degrees from the Community College of Vermont and Johnson State College.
During this time, I became interested in Vermont politics and government. At Johnson, longtime professor and State Senator Bill Doyle encouraged me to get involved in public service. These experiences, and an appreciation for the Vermonters and institutions that helped me through challenging times, inspired me to run for office.
Prior to serving in elected office, I was a policy adviser to the State Treasurer, and worked in the legislative branch as Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the Vermont House. Since 2016 my year round career has been at the Treasurer’s Office, where I run a series of financial education programs. I am a proud union member (VSEA).
In 2016, I was elected by voters in Essex Junction’s 8-2 district to serve in the Vermont House of Representatives. I was re-elected in 2018 and am in the midst of my second term. I am passionate about community service and giving back to Vermont. During the legislative session, I serve on the House Education Committee. I also serve as a Trustee of the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees. I am a Justice of the Peace and a member of the Essex Board of Civil Authority. I also volunteer as a member of the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition Board of Directors and as a member of the Essex Community Historical Society.
My spouse, Candace Morgan, is my best friend. We live in Essex Junction, where we enjoy spending time with our books, records, and friends.