A Record of Service
A Vietnam veteran, Randy left the Regular Army as a captain in the Military Police Corps. He holds the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service and the Army Commendation Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster.
Randy served for eight years on the National Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association. He chaired the board of the Hodges University Foundation and was a member of the board of the Vermont Historical Society. He is a trustee of the Vermont Law School, the nation’s leader in Environmental Law, where he chairs the board’s Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. He was appointed by the President of the United States to the Board of Visitors to the US Military Academy at West Point and he was the board’s 2010 and 2011 elected vice-chair. He has served for over a decade as a Justice of the Peace in his hometown of Swanton.
Like so many Vermonters, Randy came to Vermont to pursue higher education. (“I wasn’t born here, but I got here just as soon as I could.”) He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College and a Master of Arts degree from Yale University.
Why I’m Running
In my time as both state auditor and as a two-term state senator, I've come to understand deeply how government works or doesn't work in Vermont and to identify ways in which it can be improved. I know that government exists to protect people, to solve real problems, to be there when truly needed and to provide an environment in which individuals can thrive.
In my years in business, from starting a small business in Vermont that I eventually sold to a public company, to working as a senior officer at one of the largest financial services companies in the world, I know how to set long-term goals, solicit input, how to work with others and the importance of good financial management. I started in Vermont as a small business person. I know how hard it is to grow a business from scratch, to take care of employees whose livelihood depends on you, to work hard for customers, to pay wages and taxes, knowing that you have to take care of others before you take care of yourself.
I know the constitutional duties of the lieutenant governor and I recognize how important it is to preside over the Senate with fairness, integrity, efficiency, impartiality and dignity. I have the experience, seasoning and judgment to assume the duties of our governor should tragedy ever arise. I know how to keep an open door and an open mind, places where the thoughts and concerns of every Vermonter are always welcome.