Senate President John Campbell Won't Run For Re-Election

Apr 4, 2016

The president pro tem of the Vermont Senate says the 2016 legislative session will be his last.

Windsor County Sen. John Campbell told VTDigger’s Mark Johnson that he’s leaving elected office to accept a job as executive director of the Vermont Department of State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs.

“I think I’ve accomplished a lot, but I think there’s always time for new blood, new ideas, new eyes, new ears to the problems,” Campbell told Johnson Friday.

Campbell, a Democrat, has been in the Senate since 2000 and has served as pro tem since 2010. His departure means there will be a complete turnover in top legislative leadership next year – Democratic House Speaker Shap Smith and Republican Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott also are not running for reelection.

Campbell told Johnson that his proudest moments as pro tem include passage of the gay marriage law in 2009.