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Jim DouglasJames H. Douglas (born June 21, 1951) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Vermont. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He graduated with an A.B from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont in 1972.

A Republican, he was elected the 80th Governor of Vermont in 2002 and has been reelected three times since then with a majority of the vote. He left the office in January 2011.

On August 27, 2009, Douglas announced that he would not seek re-election for a fifth term in 2010.

On January, 3, 2011, Douglas became an executive in residence at Middlebury College where he is teaching a 24 student course titled Vermont Government and Politics.

Governor Jim Douglas had been serving the people of Vermont for 30 years. Elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1972--the same year he graduated from Middlebury College--his influence as a legislator increased quickly, becoming assistant majority leader in his second term and majority leader in his third term at the age of 25. Governor Douglas retired from the state legislature in 1979 to become a top aide to Governor Richard Snelling. In 1980, Governor Douglas was elected Secretary of State, a post he held until 1992-winning reelection five times and receiving the nomination of both parties on three occasions. Governor Douglas was elected State Treasurer in 1994, receiving the nomination of both parties and winning with 94 percent of the vote. He served as Treasurer until being elected Governor in 2002.

Governor Douglas became the Republican choice for governor of the State of Vermont after winning the primary on September 10, 2002. Governor Douglas then beat his Democratic opponent, former Lt. Governor Doug Racine, in the November 5 general election by a vote of 45 percent to 42 percent to become Vermont's current Governor.

Over the course of his career, Governor Douglas has received more votes than any other person in Vermont history-a testament to his appeal to voters of all political persuasions.

The First Lady of Vermont is Dorothy Foster Douglas. The Governor and Mrs. Douglas have two grown children, Matthew and Andrew.




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