Gov. Peter Shumlin fills three Vermont House seats
January 21, 2011-- MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced the appointments of three new members of the Vermont House of Representatives, filling seats that were vacated due to resignations. The three Representatives will likely be sworn into office early next week.
Matt Trieber, a Selectboard member from Rockingham, has been tapped to serve the Windham 4 District, replacing long-time former Rep. Michael Obuchowski. Obuchowski stepped down to become Vermont’s Commissioner of Buildings and General Services.
Trieber, an environmental consultant with Atkinson Street Environmental in Bellows Falls, is a member of the Bellows Falls Rotary Club, the Rockingham Certified Local Government Board, and a founding member of Bellows Falls Young Professionals.
Gov. Shumlin appointed Rebecca Ellis, chairwoman of the Waterbury Selectboard, to replace former Rep. Sue Minter. Minter stepped down to serve as Deputy Secretary for the Agency of Transportation. Ellis’ district includes Waterbury, Duxbury, Huntington and Buel’s Gore.
Ellis works as an Assistant Attorney General and holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, a Masters in Public Administration from Princeton and a Law degree from Georgetown University. She has served Waterbury on the Selectboard for five years (three years as Chair), and before that, on the Waterbury Planning Commission for five years.
Gov. Shumlin appointed Mark Woodward of Johnson to replace former Rep. Floyd Nease to the Lamoille 3 District seat. Nease stepped down to serve as Executive Director of the Vermont Association of Mental Health.
Woodward, who owns Woodward Rentals, is a graduate of Johnson State College and a Justice of the Peace. He served in the Vermont House from 1996 to 2003, and is currently on the Board of Directors of Copley Hospital and Health Services, the Vermont Electric Coop, and other local organizations.