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Lippert seeks re-election in Hinesburg

HINESBURG Vermont State Rep. Bill Lippert, a Democrat, is seeking re-election to Chittenden District 1-1, which includes most of Hinesburg town. Lippert has been elected seven times to represent Hinesburg, since he was first appointed to the legislature in 1994 by Gov. Howard Dean. I am proud of our legislatures work for all Vermonters, Lippert noted. Over the past several years the legislature has improved access to health care for Vermonters, protected vulnerable children and elderly Vermonters, and provided savings for both individual Vermonters and businesses by creating and expanding our efficiency utility. In the upcoming legislative session, I look forward to addressing the pressing issues of safety for Vermonts children from sexual predators, and renewing efforts for highway traffic safety, including drunken driving. Lippert expresses satisfaction in his record of legislative achievements on behalf of Hinesburg. Early in his legislative tenure, Lippert secured a school bond vote extension specifically for Hinesburg, after Hinesburg voters had voted down a proposal to build a middle school. A special school bond deadline extension secured by Lippert allowed Hinesburg to pass a subsequent school bond to repair and expand Hinesburgs existing school facilities, without forfeiting state dollars, saving Hinesburg taxpayers over $1 million in school bond taxes. In the past four years, Lippert worked closely with the Hinesburg Selectboard to secure the Vermont Agency of Transportations approval for a traffic signal and pedestrian safety crossing at the villages heavily travelled intersection of the Charlotte Road and Route 116. Lippert has served as chairman of two joint House & Senate legislative committees, the Administrative Rules Committee, and the Judicial Retention Committee, which reviews and recommends reappointment of judges. Currently serving as the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, on which he has served for the past fourteen years, Lippert acknowledges that, The Judiciary Committee tackles some of Vermonts most important and sometimes controversial criminal justice and social issues. I am especially pleased with our work over the years in the areas of adoption reform, drunken driving prevention and intervention, and comprehensive work to prevent and prosecute crimes of domestic assault and sexual violence. Lippert has been recognized for his legislative leadership by the Vermont Center for Crime Victims Services and the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence for his work on sexual violence prevention, and by the Vermont State Police Union for extraordinary DUI prevention efforts, ensuring safer highways. The Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children honored Lippert with the Childrens Advocate Legislative Award for his work in support of Early Childhood Programs. In 2000, Lippert was instrumental in the creation of Vermonts groundbreaking Civil Union legislation, which, for the first time in the United States provided legal recognition of same sex couples. The Vermont Democratic Party recognized Lipperts legislative leadership in the creation of Civil Unions by naming him Vermont Elected Official of the Year. Lippert, age 58, is a Pennsylvania native, and a graduate of Earlham College, in Indiana, and the Masters in Counseling Psychology program from Antioch University in Keene, N.H. He worked at the Counseling Service of Addison County, as a psychotherapist and executive director from 19731996. Lippert also founded Samara Foundation of Vermont with which he worked until 2007. In the summer of 2007, Lippert was named a fellow in the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program which he completed at Harvard Universitys Kennedy School of Government. Lippert has lived in Hinesburg for twenty-eight years, where he resides with his civil union partner, Enrique Peredo. He has served as a Justice of the Peace and a member of the board of civil authority.

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