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Jim Douglas (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 6/21/1951 (Springfield, MA)
Race: White
Religion: United Church of Christ
Residence: Middlebury, VT
Education: BA from Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
Occupation: Public Official
Office Type: Vermont Governor 

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Jim Douglas has been involved in state politics since he was a student at Middlebury College, when he headed the state's Young Republicans organization. He was elected to the state House and quickly rose into the leadership ranks.

When Richard Snelling was first elected governor, Douglas joined his administration as a top aide. Douglas eventually struck out on his own and ran for secretary of state, a job he held for 12 years beginning in 1981.

He challenged U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, in 1992 and lost. He returned to elective office two years later, winning the first of four terms as state treasurer. He was elected governor in 2002.

Douglas lives in Middlebury with his wife, Dorothy, and has two grown sons.

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Jim Douglas served seven years in the state House; 12 years as secretary of state; and eight years as treasurer. He ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 1992, losing to incumbent Patrick Leahy.

He was elected governor in 2002. Just days before the election polls showed his opponent, then-Lt. Gov. Douglas Racine, the likely victor. But an aggressive campaign headed by a young staff ended up giving Douglas a relatively comfortable victory. The campaign hardly ended. Douglas has been tireless in touring the state, showing up for the most inconsequential of ribbon cuttings in far flung corners of the state.

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