|Nickname||The Green Mountain State|
|Governor||Phil Scott, R|
|Senator||Patrick Leahy, D |
|Senator||Bernie Sanders, I |
|Ratification of Constitution/or statehood||March 4, 1791 (14th)|
|Motto: "Freedom and Unity"|
Vermont is located in the New England region of the Northeastern part of the United States and on March 4, 1791, became the fourteenth state to enter into the Union. Its name comes from the French term for 'Green Mountain.' The capital of Vermont is Montpelier and its largest city is Burlington. The current governor of Vermont is Peter Shumlin, a Democrat.
Vermont is notorious as one of the most liberal states in the union. Its junior senator, Bernie Sanders describes himself as a democratic socialist and is a leading proponent of Obamacare. In 2000, the state started offering civil unions, similar to same sex marriage. On April 7, 2009, legislators overrode the governor's veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Vermont. It is the home of Ben and Jerry's ice cream, a company given to supporting many liberal causes.
The state Constitution of Vermont, like all of the other 50 states, acknowledges God or our Creator or the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe. It says:
- WHEREAS, all government ought to be instituted and supported, for the security and protection of the community, as such, and to enable the individuals who compose it, to enjoy their natural rights, and the other blessings which the Author of existence has bestowed upon man; and whenever those great ends of government are not obtained, the people have a right, by common consent, to change it, and take such measures as to them may appear necessary to promote their safety and happiness.
- Governor Phillip Scott (R)
- Lt. Governor David Zuckerman (R)
- Secretary of State Jim Condos (D)
- State Auditor Doug Hoffer (R)
- Attorney General TJ Donovan (D)
- State Treasurer Beth Pearce (D)