MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Former Vermont Administration Secretary Kathy Hoyt has been appointed to the Vermont House seat held by Rep. Margaret Cheney who is leaving the Legislature to serve on the Public Service Board.
Gov. Peter Shumlin appointed Hoyt of Norwich on Wednesday.
Aside from administration secretary, Hoyt has served as chief of staff for both Govs. Madeleine Kunin and Howard Dean, and as commissioner of Employment and Training and secretary of the Agency of Administration.
Shumlin says Hoyt will hit the ground running.
He says the Legislature and his administration have critical issues to start moving on early, including tackling a tight state budget, strengthening economic development, combatting drug addiction and crime, and more. He says Hoyt will bring a clear understanding of budgeting, taxes, human services needs, employment issues and education.
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