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.