Becca will be the first out LGBTQ person and the first woman elected to Congress from Vermont!
Becca Balint is the first woman and first out gay person to serve as the Vermont Senate President Pro Tempore. She is the daughter of an immigrant dad and a working-class mom, and her parents never took for granted the rights and privileges provided by the United States Constitution. Her grandfather was killed in the Holocaust, and her father’s family saw firsthand the cruelties people can perpetrate when the law does not protect the most vulnerable, or when people turn away from each other and refuse to confront burgeoning division in their communities.
She was first elected to the Vermont State Senate in 2014. Becca had many successes as Majority Leader, including shoring up the votes to pass the largest Vermont housing bond in decades, which secured much-needed housing for hundreds and hundreds of Vermonters. She worked hard to successfully pass a minimum wage increase for thousands of low-wage workers, and twice helped to steer a paid family leave bill through the Senate. Becca also led the caucus through a successful fight for the most progressive reproductive freedom legislation in the nation, and she worked tirelessly behind the scenes to pass the boldest climate justice bill to date in our state.
Becca has earned degrees from Smith College, the School of Education at Harvard, and, after teaching social studies for several years, an M.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts. She and her wife and live in Brattleboro, Vermont.