A Message from the Lt. Governor

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. (Click here for a link to FY15 budget request documents.) 

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  • October 20, 2014 - Lt. Governor Phil Scott issued the following statement about the sale of IBM’s Essex Junction plant:

    “As we wait for exact details on what the sale of the IBM Essex Junction plant means for Vermont, our top priority must be the well-being of the thousands of employees – and the Essex Junction community -- whose futures were in limbo. Today’s news provides some much-needed certainty after months of questioning. It is my sincere hope that GlobalFoundries will keep these valuable, high-paying jobs here in Vermont. But as we know all too well, the devil is in the details, and I stand with others, ready to help in any way I can, and will do whatever is in my power to impress upon the plant’s new owners how critical it is that those jobs remain here and continue to contribute to Vermont’s economy.

    “We must also learn from the past and partner to assist companies such as this in growing and succeeding in Vermont. It is my belief that we, collectively, need to establish policies in order to make Vermont’s business climate more conducive to growth for large-scale employers such as GlobalFoundries and IBM. I look forward to working in conjunction with other state leaders to ensure that’s our state’s business future is on more solid ground.”


  • September 16, 2014 - Lt. Governor Phil Scott issued the following statement about the decision to take Vermont Health Connect offline until November 15:

  • September 8, 2014 - Lt. Governor Phil Scott issued the following statement on the passing of Lola Aiken: