Vermont independents

Vermont independent legislators

2018 Vermont House independents: Rep. Ed Read, Rep. Kelly Pajala, Rep. Paul Poirer, Rep. Barbara Murphy, Rep. Laura Sibilia, Rep. Ben Jickling and Rep. Terry Norris

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.


Independents uneasy about taking cash, even from indie group

Pink Wave vs Independents

Primary Source: Dartmouth Lecturer Wants to Elect Independents to break gridlock

Unite America Endorses 19 Independent Candidates for State Legislature Across the Country

State officials vigilant as net neutrality repeal takes effect

Lawmakers threatened on social media during gun votes

House OKs temporary fee to support broadband build-out