Kathleen James

Vermont House of Representatives, Bennington-4

Kathleen will continue providing important LGBTQ representation to the Vermont state legislature!


First elected in 2018, Kathleen James serves as an Assistant Majority Leader of the Vermont House Democratic Caucus and clerk of the Education Committee. She’s a 2022 CSG Toll Fellow and a 2022 grad of the SLLF Emerging Legislative Leaders program. In 2021, she attended the CSG Eastern Leadership Academy and the NCSL Emerging Legislative Leaders Program.

In 2020, Kath served on a select committee charged with addressing the urgent needs of the Vermont State Colleges. In 2021, she was appointed to a task force that worked successfully to update Vermont’s education-finance model.

She’s an active member of issue-oriented caucus that focus on climate action, rural development and social equity. In November 2019, she helped to found the Southern Vermont Communications Union District to expand rural broadband across the region.

Born in Chicago and raised in Nebraska, Kath earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She’s worked over the years as a journalist, editor and grant writer and currently serves as communications director at the Kenya Drylands Education Fund.

She serves on the boards of the New England Board of Higher Education, Wilson House and Emerge Vermont. Her wife is chief patient safety officer at Southwestern Vermont Health Care. Her adult children live in Chicago and New York.

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