Governor Douglas served Vermont for more than 35 years, beginning in the Vermont House of Representatives, including a term as Majority Leader. He was elected Secretary of State in 1980, a post he held for 12 years. He was elected State Treasurer in 1994, where he served for eight years. Douglas was elected Governor in 2002 and re-elected three times. He focused on strengthening the state’s economy, reducing the cost of living and protecting the state’s natural environment. He advanced groundbreaking health reforms that have made Vermont a model among the states. Douglas served as chairman of the National Governors Association. In 2010 President Obama appointed him co-chair of the Council of Governors. Governor Douglas is now an Executive in Residence at Middlebury College, his alma mater.