Program 9 - Under the Golden Dome

Seth B. Bongartz

Seth B. Bongartz of Manchester, Bennington County, Democrat, was born in Manchester, Vermont on September 23, 1954, and has been a lifelong resident. Occupation: Non-profit Executive-Director. He was educated in elementary schools in Manchester, Vermont; graduated from Burr & Burton, Manchester, Vermont; Skidmore college in Saratoga Springs, New York (B/A., 1977), Case Western, Cleveland (J.D.) He is married to Christine Evelti and they have one son. Served as member of: Board of Directors, Ottaqueechee Land trust, Past member of Manchester Zoning Board of Adjustment (1977-84); Board of Directors, Northshire Day School (1980-83); Board of Directors, Vermont Chapter, Nature Conservancy (1982-84); Vermont Blue Cross Board. 1990-2004, Chair of Vermont Blue Cross Board, 2001-04. Member of the House, 1981-84. Member of the Senate 1987-88.

Robert T. Gannett

Robert T. Gannett of Brattleboro, Windham County. Republican, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 26, 1917 and became a resident of present town in August, 1946. He was married to the former Sarah Alden Derby who died in 1999, and they have one daughter and two sons. Occupation: lawyer. He was educated in elementary schools in Milton, Massachusetts; Milton Academy and Harvard University (B.A., 1939; L.L.B., 1942). Member of Brattleboro Retreat, former trustee; Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, corporator and past president; National Life Insurance Company, director emeritus, United Way of Windham County, former director, Vermont Community Foundation, trustee; American College of Probate Counsel.

He served in the U.S. Army, 1942-46; Major, Field Artillery. Member of the House: 1953, 1955. 1957, 1959. Member of the Senate: 1973-74, 1975-76, 1977-78, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1983-84, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1989-90, 1991-92.

Samuel Lloyd

Samuel Lloyd of Weston, Democrat, was born at New York City on September 8, 1925 and became resident of present town in December, 1960. Occupation: retired owner of Weston Bowl Mill. He was educated in elementary schools in Connecticut and Lawrenceville, New Jersey High School. Member of: Forest Resource Advisory Council, first chairman; former chairman, Governor’s Task Force on Wood as a Source of Energy. He has been Weston Town Moderator, 35 years; former chairman/member, Weston Planning Commission, 1969-76; Zoning Administrator, 1970-76; He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1943-46, 1950-51. Member of the House from District 27 for 1973-74 and from Windham-Windsor-1 for 1975-76, 1977-78 and 1979-80.

Gretchen Morse

Gretchen Morse of Charlotte, Chittenden County, Republican, was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts on November 17, 1943 and became resident of present town in January, 1971. She is married to James L. Morse and they have two daughters. She has educated in elementary schools in Falmouth, Massachusetts; Lawrence High School, Falmouth, Massachusetts; Colby-Sawyer College (A.A., 1963); University Of Vermont (B.S., 1975). Member of: National Council of State Human Services Administrators. Past member of : Governor’s Commission On the Status of Women, Executive Committee; Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Advisory Group; Governor’s Commission on Children and Youth. Received “Distinguished Service Award” from U.V.M. College of Education and Social Services, 1983. Member of the House, 1977-78, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1983-84.

Louise Robinson Swainbank

Louise Robinson Swainbank of St. Johnsbury, Republican, was born at
Ware, Massachusetts on November 3, 1917 and became resident of present town in October, 1945. Occupation: retired teacher. She was educated in elementary schools in Ware, Mass.; Ware High School; Northfield Seminary; graduated, Smith college (A.B., 1939). She and John A. Swainbank have three sons and one daughter. Member of Advisory Council of Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women; State advisory Committee, U.S. Civil Rights Commission; Chairman of Board of Trustees, University of Vermont (term expires 2/79); St. Johnsbury Women’s Club; St. Johnsbury College Club; St. Johnsbury Child Advocacy Council; State advisory Committee on the Elderly; and republican County Committee. Member of the House from District 10-2 for 1971-72, 1973-74 and from Cal 1-2 for 1975-76, 1977-78 and 1979-80.

Ralph G. Wright

Wright, Ralph G. of Bennington, Bennington County, Democrat, was born in Arlington, Massachusetts on June 10, 1935 and became resident of present town in September 1968. He is married to Catherine M. Wright, and they have three daughters and one son. Occupation: teacher. He was educated at Boston University (A.B.); Framingham State, Framingham, Massachusetts (M.Ed.). He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Korean Conflict. Member of the House: 1979-1994. Speaker of the House: 1985-.1994.