Jim Harrison of Chittenden announces his candidacy for a new term as state representative for the Rutland-Windsor–1 district (Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington and Mendon). Harrison was first appointed by Governor Scott in 2017 to complete the term of former Representative Job Tate, who was deployed by his US Navy Reserve unit.
Harrison, an independent minded republican, believes strongly in fiscal responsibility and advancing bills that will improve the state’s economic future. He brings a pragmatic approach to issues and knows how to compromise where appropriate.
Jim is the former president of the Vermont Retail & Grocers Association, a position that prepared him well for the challenges of working with a broad group of lawmakers and representing members of the legislative district.
“I pledge to continue keeping district residents informed through bi-weekly email updates, meet and greet sessions and weekly newspaper columns. I take the responsibility of being the state representative for the district very seriously.” said Harrison.
Governor Phil Scott, who first appointed Harrison to the legislature, added, “Jim knows the process and is a respected voice in Montpelier. We need him back working for the people of Vermont.”
A member of the House Government Operations Committee, he has sponsored legislation to improve the state’s economy, improve the efficiency of the legislative process and state government, lower taxes on Social Security benefits, streamline the Act 250 process, consumer protection measures for small businesses and allowing pharmacists to disclose the cash price of prescription drugs, among others.
Since stepping down from full time with the association in 2016, he now works seasonally at Green Mountain Golf Course in Killington. Jim and his wife, Pat, a registered dietitian, have lived in Vermont for over 30 years and in North Chittenden since 2006. They have two adult children and two grandsons.