Chittenden County state senator announces run for Congress

Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 8:59 AM EST
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WINOOSKI, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont state Senator Kesha Ram Hinsdale is running for Congress.

After serving four terms in the Vermont House and one term in the Senate, Ram Hinsdale says she wants to support local families through progressive policies in Washington. “To be Vermont’s fighter in Washington for our working families, our democracy, and our climate,” she said during her official announcement in Winooski Thursday.

Originally from California, Ram Hinsdale attended the University of Vermont and was elected to the Vermont House at 22. She also ran for lieutenant governor in 2016 but was beaten out in the primary by David Zuckerman.

Ram Hinsdale has served almost a decade in the Legislature and has thrown her support behind racial, environmental, and criminal justice policies. If elected, she says she’d advocate for new voting laws, access to abortion, expanded Medicare, and a green new deal. “Continue to be that casework candidate, that responsive congresswoman who will listen to Vermonters and meet their needs every step of the way,” she said.

Statehouse colleagues praised her work ethic. “She is one of the hardest working politicians I’ve ever met,” said Rep. Hal Colston, D-Winooski.

On day one, campaign officials say fundraising efforts were also paying off, gathering nearly $130,000.

If elected, Ram Hinsdale would be the first woman elected to Congress in Vermont and the first person of color.

Her announcement is the latest domino to fall after Sen. Patrick Leahy announced he will retire next year. Congressman Peter Welch is running for Leahy’s seat. Ram Hinsdale joins Senate President Pro Tem Becca Balint and Lt. Gov. Molly Gray in the primary runoff.

Republican Marcia Horne has announced she is also looking to fill Vermont’s US House Seat. Former U.S. attorney for Vermont Christina Nolan is considering challenging Welch for the open Senate seat as a Republican.

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