Balint nominated as first woman Senate President Pro Tempore

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Balint nominated as first woman Senate President Pro Tempore

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 10:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Senate Democratic Caucus has nominated Senator Becca Balint (D-Windham) to serve as Vermont Senate President Pro Tempore for the 2021-22 legislative session. She is the first woman and first openly gay person in Vermont history to receive this designation. 

Senator Becca Balint (D-Windham)

Senator Balint will be joined in Senate leadership by Senator Alison Clarkson (D-Windsor), who has been elected Vermont Senate Majority Leader, and by Senator Cheryl Hooker (D-Rutland), who has been elected Vermont Senate Majority Whip. This also marks the first time in Vermont history that all three elected positions are to be held by women.

The Vermont State Senate Democratic Caucus Leadership Election took place on Sunday, November 22nd and was held virtually via Zoom and broadcast in real time via Facebook Live, in another history-making circumstance, due to the current safety restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Vermont Senate Democrats hold a majority in the Senate, as they have for nearly two decades.

“The Vermont Democratic Party congratulates Senator Balint, Senator Clarkson, and Senator Cheryl Hooker on their victories in this historic election,” said Bruce Olsson, Chair of the Vermont Democratic Party. “We look forward to their Senate leadership and we celebrate the Vermont Senate’s progress in choosing and electing women and LGTBQ political leaders to serve in the Senate’s highest-ranked positions.”

Source: MONTPELIER, VT — Vermont Democratic Party 11.22.2020