Peter Welch (Vermont politician)

Vermont's At-large congressional district

The U.S. state of Vermont has been represented in the United States House of Representatives by a single at-large congressional district since the 1930 census, when the state lost its second seat . There were once six districts in Vermont. Bernie Sanders (Independent) held the seat from 1991 until 2007, when he became Vermont's Junior US Senator. Peter Welch has represented the state since 2007.

Recent elections

2004 election

Incumbent Bernie Sanders ran for and won re-election.

2006 election

Sanders ran for and won the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Jim Jeffords.

Vermont Senate President Pro Tempore Peter Welch (D-Windsor County) was the Democratic nominee and the eventual winner.

Three candidates competed for the Republican nomination:

Rainville won the Republican primary on September 12, beating Shepard by a wide margin.

There were also numerous third party and independent candidates: Chris Karr (WTP), Bruce Marshall (Green Party), Dennis Morrisseau (Ind), Jane Newton (Liberty Union Party), Keith Stern (Ind), and Jerry Trudell (Ind). Morrisseau gathered the most votes, with 1% or 1,383 votes.

By September 14, 2006, the race between Rainville and Welch was close. An American Research Group poll showed Welch with a 48-45% lead.

On October 4, 2006, The Burlington Free Press reported that one of Rainville's staffers, Christopher Stewart, resigned from her campaign after committing plagiarism—copying policy statements from other politicians, including Senator Hillary Clinton, and using them on Rainville's website. Rainville's website was off-line for some time while her staff removed the plagiarized passages.

Welch beat Rainville 53% to 45%, or 139,585 votes to 117,211.

List of representatives

Vermont had district representation upon admission as the 14th State in 1791.

1813-1821: Six seats

From 1813-1821, beginning with the 13th Congress, Vermont elected its Representatives statewide At-Large.

1st seat

Representative Party Years District home Notes
William Strong Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1815 Redistricted from the
Daniel Chipman Federalist March 4, 1815 – May 5, 1816 Resigned
Vacant May 6, 1816 – March 3, 1817
Orsamus Cook Merrill Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 – January 20, 1820 Credentials challenged by successor
Rollin Carolas Mallary Democratic-Republican January 20, 1820 – March 3, 1821 Redistricted to the

2nd seat

Representative Party Years District home Notes
James Fisk Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1815 Redistricted from the
Luther Jewett Federalist March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1817 Putney
Mark Richards Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1821

3rd seat

Representative Party Years District home Notes
William Czar Bradley Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1815
Chauncey Langdon Federalist March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1817
Charles Rich Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1821 Shoreham Redistricted to the

4th seat

Representative Party Years District home Notes
Charles Rich Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1815
Asa Lyon Federalist March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1817
Heman Allen Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 – April 20, 1818 Resigned to become U.S. Marshall for Vermont
William Strong Democratic-Republican March 4, 1819 – March 3, 1821

5th seat

Representative Party Years District home Notes
Richard Skinner Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1815
Charles Marsh Federalist March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1817
Samuel Chandler Crafts Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1821 Redistricted to the

6th seat

Representative Party Years District home Notes
Ezra Butler Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1815 Waterbury
John Noyes Federalist March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1817
William Hunter Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1819
Ezra Meech Democratic-Republican March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1827 Shelburne

Districts

Starting in 1821 with the 17th Congress, Vermont returned to electing Congressmen from districts.

1933-present: One seat

In 1933, Vermont returned to an at-large district after being reduced to one representative after the 1930 Census.

Representative Party Years ↑ District Home Note
Ernest W. Gibson Republican March 4, 1933 - October 19, 1933 Redistricted from
Resigned
Vacant October 191933January 161934
Republican January 161934January 31951 Retired
Winston L. Prouty Republican January 31951January 31959 Retired to run for U.S. Senator
William H. Meyer Democratic January 31959January 31961 Lost re-election
Robert Stafford Republican January 31961September 161971 Resigned when appointed to US Senate
Vacant September 161971January 71972
Richard W. Mallary Republican January 71972January 31975 Declined nomination
Jim Jeffords Republican January 31975January 31989 Retired to run for U.S. Senator
Peter P. Smith Republican January 31989January 31991 Lost re-election
Bernie Sanders Independent January 31991January 32007 Burlington Retired to run for U.S. Senator
Peter Welch Democratic January 32007 – present Hartland Incumbent

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