Governor Douglas, a Republican, served the people of Vermont for more than 35 years. He was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives after graduating from Middlebury College in 1972. The former Governor was elected Secretary of State in 1980, a post he held for 12 years. Douglas successfully sought the office of Governor in 2002 and was re-elected in 2004, 2006 and 2008. During his tenure, he focused on strengthening the state’s economy, reducing the cost of living in Vermont and protecting the state’s natural environment. He advanced groundbreaking health reforms that have made Vermont a model among the states in health care.
Jim has been a mentor at Middlebury and Sierra Nevada College.