Peter Welch

Representative from Vermont's At Large Congressional District

Peter Welch

Peter Welch

Representative from Vermont's At Large Congressional District

Biography

Rep. Peter Welch

(D-Vt.)

Honorary Board Member since 2013

Peter Welch has been a champion for working Vermonters throughout his distinguished career as a state legislator and Member of Congress. Since his election to Congress in 2006, he has been widely recognized in Washington as a skillful and effective legislator.

Peter’s solid record of accomplishment reflects his strong commitment to bringing people together to find real solutions to the difficult challenges facing our state and nation. In a climate of gridlock and partisanship, he has worked across the aisle in Congress to create jobs, make college and health care more affordable, balance the budget fairly, increase energy efficiency, end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and take care of our veterans.

Peter was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1947. He graduated magna cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross in 1969. After working for a year in Chicago fighting housing discrimination as one of the first Robert F. Kennedy Fellows, Peter enrolled in law school at the University of California, Berkeley and graduated in 1973.

Peter settled in White River Junction, Vermont and worked as a public defender before founding a small law practice. He was first elected to represent Windsor County in the Vermont Senate in 1980. In 1985, he was unanimously elected by his colleagues to lead the chamber, becoming the first Democrat in Vermont history to hold the position of President Pro Tempore.

After a break from electoral politics during the 1990s, Peter returned to the Vermont Senate in 2002 when he was appointed by Governor Howard Dean to fill an open seat. He was quickly selected by his colleagues to once again lead the Senate as President Pro Tempore.
In 2006, Peter was elected to Vermont’s sole seat in the United States House of Representatives. The 2006 campaign gained nationwide attention for being the only contested congressional race in the country where both candidates agreed not to run negative ads. Peter was re-elected by wide margins in 2008 and 2010.

As a member of the House, Peter has championed legislation to make homes and buildings more energy efficient, make college affordable, and expand access to health care. He took on big banks and credit card companies who were ripping off small businesses and consumers. And he fought to block efforts to repeal health care reform, give tax breaks to millionaires and big oil companies, and restrict a woman’s right to choose.

In 2011, Peter was appointed to serve as a Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus. He serves on the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Peter is married to Margaret Cheney, a Vermont state representative. They share a home in Norwich, Vermont.

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Vermont

Number of Boards

3

Birthday

05/02/1947 - Springfield, MA, United States

Age

73

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Peter Welch
Representative from Vermont's At Large Congressional District
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Education
J.D.
Class of 1973

The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, commonly referred to as Berkeley Law and Boalt Hall, is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley Law is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation, with acceptance rates lower than every school except Yale and Stanford. The Department of Jurisprudence was founded at Berkeley in 1894. In 1912, the department was renamed the School of Jurisprudence, which was then renamed the School of Law in 1950. The School was originally located in the center of the main UC Berkeley campus in the Boalt Memorial Hall of Law, built in 1911 with funds largely from Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt donated in memory of her late husband, John Henry Boalt. In 1951, the School moved to its current location in the new Boalt Hall, at the southeast corner of the campus, and the old Boalt Hall was renamed Durant Hall. In April 2008, the law school rebranded itself from "Boalt Hall" to "Berkeley Law", in order to more closely tie the law school's name with the campus upon which it resides. The administration hopes that this move will further increase the law school's prestige, since people will now associate it with the Berkeley campus.

A.B., magna cum laude
Class of 1969

The College of the Holy Cross (or Holy Cross) is an undergraduate Roman Catholic, Jesuit, liberal arts college located in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Roman Catholic college in New England and one of the oldest in the United States.

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Cathedral High School is an urban, multicultural, independent, Catholic, college preparatory school in Boston’s historic South End serving boys and girls of all faiths from grades seven through 12. Rooted in gospel values, we prepare students for college and leadership in a 21st century economy.

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Founded in 1916, the National Cooperative Business Association, the first national organization for cooperative businesses in the United States, was known as the Cooperative League of America until 1922 and as the Cooperative League of the USA (CLUSA) until 1985. Now known as the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International, NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, support, and advocacy that helps co-ops in the United States thrive. Throughout its nearly 100 year history NCBA CLUSA has consistently advanced and protected the cooperative enterprise model, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in the economic success of communities around the world. NCBA CLUSA engages in cooperative and community development in 15 countries including the United States. Though NCBA CLUSA's name has changed over the years, its mission never has. For nearly 100 years, NCBA CLUSA remains dedicated to developing, advancing and protecting cooperatives. It is the national voice for cooperatives, helping them compete in a changing economic and political environment.

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Career History
Senator from Windsor District
1981 - 2007
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$250 - $499
2015

The Montshire Museum of Science operates museums and institutions. Its programs include children and families, special events, adults, camp in, pop-up science for your community and summer camp. The company was founded by Walter C. Paine and Robert Chaffee in 1974 and is headquartered in Norwich, VT.

$200 - $499
2013

The Montshire Museum of Science operates museums and institutions. Its programs include children and families, special events, adults, camp in, pop-up science for your community and summer camp. The company was founded by Walter C. Paine and Robert Chaffee in 1974 and is headquartered in Norwich, VT.

$200 - $499
2011

The Montshire Museum of Science operates museums and institutions. Its programs include children and families, special events, adults, camp in, pop-up science for your community and summer camp. The company was founded by Walter C. Paine and Robert Chaffee in 1974 and is headquartered in Norwich, VT.

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$250
1999

Former Senator from New Jersey

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2020
$50
2020
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