Gov. Phil Scott is a native Vermonter who grew up in Barre, and is a graduate of Spaulding High School and the University of Vermont. In 2000, he was elected to the Vermont Senate, where he represented Washington County for five terms. During his 10-year service in the Senate, he was Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee and Chair of the Institutions Committee. Phil was elected Vermont’s 79th Lieutenant Governor in 2010, serving until January, 2017.
Throughout his years of public service, Phil has listened to, and learned from Vermonters, and is always willing to roll up his sleeves to help make a difference in people’s lives. As Lt. Governor, he launched the Everyday Jobs Initiative, and Vermont Economy Pitch sessions, for the opportunity to learn from Vermont’s employers and workers. And in 2011, in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, he organized the removal and disposal of mobile homes around the state, which were destroyed by the flood, all at no cost to homeowners and without spending any taxpayer dollars.
Through the Everyday Jobs Initiative, Phil has worked in 35 different professions around the state – working alongside a host of professionals and business owners, from manufacturing floor technicians and beekeepers to emergency room workers and second grade teachers. The Vermont Economy Pitch sessions, started in January 2015, provided businesspeople the platform to pitch ideas directly to legislators on how to improve Vermont’s business climate. Many ideas from those sessions were introduced into the 2015 legislative session, several of them passed into law.
Phil is also active in community service projects. In 2005, he founded the Wheels for Warmth program, through which Vermonters donate tires they no longer need. The tires that meet state inspection standards are offered for resale at affordable prices, with all proceeds benefiting heating fuel assistance programs. More than $ $367,000 has been raised in total, and tires that are not reusable are recycled.
In September of 2015, Phil announced his intention to run for Governor, noting:
“I’ve made this decision because I believe too many families and employers are on the economic edge. For them to thrive and our state to prosper we must revitalize the fundamentals of a strong, healthy economy that expands the middle class, lifts wages, and attracts working families, entrepreneurs and new jobs… It is time for Vermont to move forward, beginning with a change in the Governor’s office…I will be a steady hand at the helm, provide balanced leadership that values listening, stand up for working families and confront our crisis of affordability in meaningful ways. Practical leadership that is in touch with the needs of everyday families and small businesses will rebuild faith and trust in government and move Vermont forward in very positive ways.”
For more than thirty years, Phil was a co-owner of his family construction business, and raced the #14 car at Barre’s Thunder Road for more than two decades. He has the most career wins as a Late Model driver at the track. He’s also an avid cyclist, logging more than 4,000 miles in the last year alone.
Phil lives in Berlin with his wife Diana McTeague Scott and their dog, a spoiled golden retriever. He has two grown daughters, Erica and Rachael.