Vermont has the largest number of independents serving in a state legislature in the U.S.. Perhaps related to that, during the 2017/18 biennium the Vermont House operated in a much more non-partisan manner then the party affiliation numbers might suggest. Vermont’s seven independents had a number of independent and centrist minded Democrats and Republicans to work with on enacting common ground legislation.
Laura first ran for office in 2014 as an independent committed to focusing on serving issues of local and Vermont importance rather then serving a national partisan agenda. Her commitment to fundraising was, and remains, not to take PAC or lobbyist contributions.
During the 2017/2018 there were a number of notable debates where a bipartisan coalition including some of Vermont’s independents came together on significant public policy debates to either help advance or stop legislation including teachers healthcare benefits, marijuana legalization, school safety and gun regulations. In addition, from time to time Laura and other Vermont independents are asked to comment nationally on the benefits and challenges that independent legislators face in campaigning and serving. Below are posted links to some of those significant public policy debates and Laura’s published comments on independents.