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Governor Madeleine Kunin Endorses Democrat Molly Gray for Congress

Jun 03, 2022
For Immediate Release:
Press Contact: Samantha Sheehan
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Shelburne, VT—This morning, at a press conference at Pierson Library in Shelburne, former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin endorsed Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray for Congress.

“I am happy to endorse Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray to become the first Congresswoman from Vermont. I have followed Molly’s career with interest since she was an outstanding student in my class on ‘Women and Politics’ at the University of Vermont,” Kunin said. “Molly has strong and diverse credentials in all three levels of government: local, federal and international. I am confident that she will be an active and effective Congresswoman, speaking up on issues that matter most to Vermonters – including paid family and medical leave, affordable housing, and income inequality.”

Gray, 38, was born and raised in South Newbury, Vermont, on a vegetable and dairy farm still operated by her family today. She has served Vermont in Washington as an aide to Congressman Welch, statewide as an Assistant Attorney General and now as Vermont’s 82nd Lieutenant Governor. Before entering public office, Gray spent her career advocating for human rights and humanitarian assistance in Vermont, Washington, and around the globe.

“Governor Kunin has been a friend and mentor throughout my career. To have her support in this historic race is one of the honors of my life,” Gray said. “She knows what it takes to be the first. She knows what it takes to get the door open for women in new offices, and to keep it open. From her own experience serving as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland, as Deputy Secretary of Education and as Vermont’s Governor, she knows that the complex challenges we face today – here at home, nationally and abroad – demand a real diversity of experience. I have that diversity of experience and Governor Kunin recognizes that.”

Governor Kunin was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1972 and served three terms in the State House, where she became both the Minority Whip (1974) and the first Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee (1976). She was elected the 75th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont in 1978 and served two terms under Republican Governor Richard Snelling. Kunin was elected Vermont’s first (and to date, only) female Governor in 1984, the same year Gray was born. She is the first woman in the United States to be elected Governor three times. After elected office, her career of public service continued in the Clinton administration, where she served as both Deputy Secretary of Education and as Ambassador to Switzerland.

Kunin is an accomplished author, worked as a college professor, and has remained committed to education and the mentorship of young Vermonters throughout her career. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the founder and board member of the Global Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), and is the founder of Emerge Vermont.

Kunin becomes the second former Lieutenant Governor and Governor to formally back Gray’s campaign, joining Governor Howard Dean.

Earlier this week, Gray announced the endorsement of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART), her second major union endorsement. Gray has also been endorsed by The North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters (NASRCC), and leading national organizations The Next 50, Foreign Policy for America, and the American Association for Justice.

Gray announced her run for the U.S. House of Representatives on December 6, 2021. If elected in 2022, she will be the first woman in Vermont’s history to hold federal office. More information about Gray’s campaign for Congress can be found here.

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