|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 Phil Scott, a Republican.
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's the home ofBen and Jerry's Ice Cream, headquartered in South Burlington, who supports many left-wing 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.
On February 9, 2022 the Vermont House voted 107-41 in favor of Proposition 5, which would create an amendment to the state constitution. The state senate had previously voted in favor of the bill in April, 2021. With it's passage in both houses of the state legislature, the bill will proceed to Republican governor Phil Scott's desk where he's expected to sign it into law. Scott is notable for his departure from the GOP on life matters, stating he's "pro-choice but with restrictions." While Scott is likely to sign the bill, it still must proceed to the November ballot, though Vermont voters are expected to overwhelmingly vote in favor of the amendment.
- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D)
- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I)
- Rep. Peter Welch (D)
- Governor Phil Scott (R)
- Lt. Governor Molly Gray (D)
- Secretary of State Jim Condos (D)
- State Auditor Doug Hoffer (R)
- Attorney General TJ Donovan (D)
- State Treasurer Beth Pearce (D)
- State Governors
- Constitutional carry: Vermont was the first Constitutional carry state