Thursday June 21, 2018
Michael Sirotkin has announced he will be running for re-election to the Vermont Senate representing Chittenden County. “Serving as one of your six Chittenden County Senators is a true honor and privilege. I also consider it a great responsibility,” said Sirotkin.
Sirotkin was appointed to the Senate in early 2014 to fill the seat of his late wife of 35 years, Senator Sally Fox, who passed away January 10, 2014, after 17 years of legislative service. Prior to that appointment, Sirotkin was a founding partner at a governmental and public affairs law firm. He notes, “I had worked for several decades in the Statehouse advocating for populist causes of many environmental groups, seniors, children, working Vermonters, and consumers.”
Later in 2014, Sirotkin was elected to continue to represent Chittenden County in the Senate and re-elected in 2016. In 2018, he says, “I had the distinct honor of being appointed by my Senate peers to chair the important Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee.”
Noting his efforts in Montpelier, the Senator says, “Some of the key issues I took a leadership role in 2018, since becoming chair, include paid maternity and family leave, eliminating fees charged for credit freezes following data breaches (Equifax), universal background checks on firearm sales, net neutrality protections, first in nation oversight of data brokers - who collect and sell your private data, $15 minimum wage by 2024, nation leading sexual harassment law and prohibiting disclosure of salary history to address equal pay for equal work, and ensuring buyer’s consent for annual renewals of subscriptions and memberships.”
Sirotkin has served on multiple committees, commissions and boards, including the South Burlington Development Review Board, Red Rocks Committee, South Burlington Board of Civil Authority, the Vermont Medicaid Advisory Board, and the Department on Aging Advisory Board. Currently, Sirotkin sits on the board of directors for Hunger Free Vermont.
Still at the Statehouse, Sirotkin adds, “Finally, it is hard to believe that while the General Assembly is still in special session, early voting for the August primaries will begin in a matter of days. If you would like to vote by mail, please call your town clerk or contact me to have ballot mailed to your home.”