Lt. Governor David Zuckerman is a father, husband, farmer, former legislator, and the 83rd Lt. Governor of Vermont. He currently lives on his farm in Hinesburg, VT with his wife Rachel and daughter Addie.
David was born and raised in Brookline, MA. He moved to Vermont in 1989 to attend the University of Vermont, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. While attending university, David was inspired to get involved in politics in 1992 after hearing then-Representative Bernie Sanders speak about economic injustice, standing up for your values and fighting for what is right regardless of the odds. In 1996 he was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives.
During his 14 years in the House of Representatives, David served for six years on the Agriculture Committee with four years as committee chair, six years on the Natural Resources and Energy Committee, and two years on the Ways and Means Committee. In 2012, David was elected as a State Senator for Chittenden County, where he served for four years. David served on the education committee and was the Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, where he brought his experience as both a legislator and a farmer to discussions about the future of Vermont Agriculture.
As a legislator, David collaborated with activists, advocates, legislators, and everyday Vermonters to organize on a wide array of issues, including leading on marriage equality, cannabis reform, GMO labelling, raising wages, pay equity, renewable energy, medical aid in dying and more. For his work in the legislature, David was recognized as the 2013 Legislative Champion by Renewable Energy Vermont and as 2014 Legislator of the Year by Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.
In 2017, David took office as Vermont’s 81st Lt. Governor. In addition to serving as the President of the State Senate, he spent his time in office working to bring diverse voices to Montpelier and travelling the state to connect with constituents in their own communities about the issues that are most important to them. He brought transparency and engagement to the legislative process by writing a monthly newsletter for constituents that highlighted the issues being debated in Montpelier and local communities. He also created the Lt. Governor’s Movie Series so Vermonters from across the state could come together to learn and discuss some of the critical issues of our time. He collaborated and strategized with numerous economic, climate, and social justice advocates to elevate their issues of concern.
After a 2-year hiatus, David returned to the office of the Lt. Governor in 2023, where he plans to build on his previous work and find new creative way to engage Vermonters in the political process. Lt. Governor Zuckerman is particularly interested in addressing Vermont’s housing crisis, our planetary climate crisis, universal healthcare, and many more issues relating to economic, social and environmental issues.
Outside of his political work, David co-owns and operates his family’s organic farm in Hinesburg where they grow and raise vegetables, pigs, eggs and chickens.