It's an honor and a privilege to serve you as Vermont's Lieutenant Governor.
The role of Lieutenant Governor is one that tends to vary quite a bit from state to state. Here in Vermont, the Lieutenant Governor has three statutory obligations:
- Standing in for the Governor when the Governor is out of state;
- Presiding over the Senate;
- Casting a tie-breaking vote in the Senate if necessary.
I also look for opportunities to serve Vermonters outside of these official duties. Having been in the Senate for 10 years before being elected Lt. Governor, I often work with legislators to facilitate productive communication across party lines. Outside of the State House, I work whenever I can to support Vermont businesses by promoting "Buy Local" efforts. My "Vermont Everyday Jobs" tour is part of this. And I'm pleased to have been able to help mobile home owners in Central and Southern Vermont recover from Irene, by organizing a program to remove their flood-damaged mobile homes free of charge.
If you'd like to learn more, please stop by my office anytime. I have an "open door" policy -- which, by the way, extends to posting my office's budget request online. (FY 2017 budget request documents).