Jim Harrison of Chittenden announced his candidacy for a new term as state representative for the new Rutland-11 district (Chittenden, Killington, Mendon and Pittsfield). He was first appointed to the Legislature in 2017 by Governor Phil Scott and was elected to new terms in 2018 and 2020.
Harrison is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, the panel that crafts the House version of the State budget and reviews other legislative bills that spend money. With the influx of federal recovery money now behind us, the committee will play an increasingly important role in adjusting Vermont’s budget going forward.
He said, “Tough decisions may be necessary to get back to a sustainable budget. This is not the time to walk away, but rather step up to the task, which is why I am announcing my candidacy for a new term.”
As a state representative, he has developed a reputation for being pragmatic by asking questions and working to improve bills. It will be this ability to probe and understand ramifications that will serve the state well going forward.
“I believe strongly in fiscal responsibility and understand the importance of making investments for our future,” said Harrison.
He is known for his frequent updates and written communications. He also prides himself to being easily accessible to district residents.
Jim and his wife Pat have lived in Chittenden since 2006 and in Vermont for 35 years. They have two adult children and five grandsons. His experience working with small businesses as the former president of the Vermont Retail & Grocers Association and administrator of the Vermont Specialty Food Association, will continue to help him find solutions going forward.