Mary Ann Carlson of Arlington, Bennington County. Democrat, was born in Palo Alto, California on January 22, 1944 and became resident of present town in June, 1978. Occupation: innkeeper. Co-owner and operator of West Mountain Inn, Arlington, Vermont. She was educated in elementary schools in Palo Alto, California, graduated from Notre Dame High School, Belmont, California; Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (B.A., 1965). She has thirty-two graduate credits toward M.A., in special education, Fordham University (1977) and has a master’s degree in counseling and psychology, Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, (1991). She is married to Wesley H. Carlson, and they have three daughters and two sons. She serves on the Vermont Loan Fund Board; Vermont Interactive Television Coordinating Council; Governor’s Blue ribbon Commission on Educational and Municipal Financing Reform: Judicial Nominating Board. Member of: Arlington Townscape; Project Against Violent Encounters; Vermont Business Association for Social Responsibility; VT’s State Business and Professional Women; Chambers of Commerce of Arlington, Bennington and Manchester; VT, National Organization of Women Honored with awards from Southern Vermont College, Honorary Doctor of Laws; United Counseling Service, Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Award; Bennington County and State of Vermont Business and Professional Woman of the Year Award; Vermont Law Income Advocacy Council, certificate of appreciation.
Member of the Senate: 1989-90, 1991-92 (Democratic leader), and 1993-94.