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 FY14 budget request documents.) 

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  • May 5, 2014 - Thousands of Vermonters took to the roads on Saturday, May 3, to participate in the 44th annual Green Up Day. From cans to papers to box springs to cigarette butts, tons of litter is now off of the roadsides and in bright green garbage bags thanks to the statewide show of support.

  • Officials ask Vermonters to get involved in the 44th annual Green Up Day on Saturday, May 3

    April 8, 2014 - Governor Peter Shumlin and Lt. Governor Phil Scott, alongside state, community and business leaders, town coordinators and volunteers, are asking Vermonters to join them outside for the 44th annual Green Up Day on Saturday, May 3, and help pick up trash to clean up the Green Mountain State. 

  • Lt. Governor Phil Scott, U.S. Representative Peter Welch, Transportation Secretary Brian Searles lead efforts to shine a spotlight on national transportation funding crisis.

    March 24, 2014 - With the Highway Trust Fund projected to become insolvent this year, the National Lieutenant Governors Association unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution, cosponsored by Lt. Governor Phil Scott (R-Vt.) and Lt. Governor Ralph Northam (D-Va.), calling on Congress to “develop a shared, long term vision for surface transportation.”