We Support Robin
Robin’s first two terms in the House were a success by any measure. He understands the issues, he stands up for his constituents, and he works to be part of the solution. As Bernie says, we need to return him to the Statehouse. For a long time I encouraged him to run; I’ve now served with him. I enthusiastically endorse Robin."
“I have known Robin for many years. He is an experienced and consistent voice for the needs of Vermont’s working families. I know he’ll continue to do a great job in the statehouse."
From The Community
Robin is helpful, forward-looking and positive. He knows it is not his business to make local policy decisions. The people themselves do that, in town meetings. The Selectboards do that. The business of a Representative is to represent, and Robin does that with great energy, generosity, and enthusiasm. He is not working for some hidden entity or to make money. He works for us.
Having served two years in the Legislature, Robin is an independent voice, working across the aisles, and earning tri-partisan support. He is a good listener and an effective mediator, helping disparate views come to compromise. I believe he will represent us well.
In the 2017-2018 session I was lead or co-sponsor on 60 different bills., which can be found here: legislature.vermont.gov/people/single/2018.1/23999. Topics ranged from from minimum wage to automobile inspections, to creation of a state bank and regenerative agriculture.
In addition I authored amendments on topics from the Education Fund to pollinator protection and Tax Increment Finance Districts.
As leader of the House Progressive Caucus I met weekly with the Speaker and the Democratic and Republican caucuses to discuss upcoming legislation and which issues would be contentious.
In addition to my regular Energy and Technology Committee and leadership duties I was also appointed to the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR), which meets year around to review all new rules drafted by state agencies.
In all of these roles I work hard to advance sensible solutions to make Vermonter’s lives better.
One of the paradoxes of the legislature is that often the more you speak the less you are heard. Colleagues have commented that there are many legislators who speak, but fewer who are actually listened to. Keeping my floor speeches short and direct have put me in the second category.