Gov. Peter Shumlin today appointed a former chairwoman of the Vermont Democratic Party to fill the Burlington House seat vacated last month by Democrat Rachel Weston.
Jill Krowinski, a 2002 UVM grad, currently serves as the Vermont director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.
Krowinski, fills the Ward 3 seat, is no stranger to the Statehouse – she used to work as an assistant to former House Speaker Gaye Symington.
Shumlin had this to say of Krowinski, by way of press release:
“Jill has worked hard to get young people involved in the political process and registered to vote. She also knows how the House and Senate operate from her time working as assistant to former House Speaker Gaye Symington, so she’ll hit the ground running.”
In the same release, Krowinski thanked the governor for the honor:
“I want to thank Gov. Shumlin for giving me this incredible opportunity to represent Burlington in the House of Representatives. I’m ready to get to work with a great group of legislators from Burlington and excited to work for a great community.”
Also from the release:
"Among (Krowinski’s) priority issues are health care reform, education, and empowering young people to get involved in their communities. Krowinski graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Urban Studies and Political Science in 2002. In addition to her work for Symington, she has served as Executive Director of the Vermont Democratic Party and founded a non-profit dedicated to registering young people to vote. She is currently the Vermont Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Krowinski serves on the Board of Directors of the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, Begin Blue, Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom, and is a Commissioner for the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington."