20 Vermont Elected Officials Endorse Supreme Court Expansion


September 11, 2023

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WASHINGTON, DC— On Monday, 20 Vermont state and local elected officials released a statement in support of adding four seats to the United States Supreme Court. Many are announcing their support for expansion for the first time, in the wake of news about ethical violations at the Court and extreme decisions on affirmative action and LGBTQ+ rights.

The signers include Lt. Gov Zuckerman, as well as members of the state legislature and local elected officials. Vermont Representative Becca Balint is also a co-sponsor on The Judiciary Act, which would add four seats to the Supreme Court. 

The statement reads, in part: “As elected officials, we are especially concerned that the Court is making it harder for the elected branches at all levels to actually solve problems. The Court repeatedly steps in to overturn or restrict democratically enacted policies that do not align with the Republican Party’s agenda.”

The announcement follows similar endorsements for Court expansion by state and local elected officials in Illinois, Washington, Texas, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina

A copy of the statement can be found here.

The full list of signatories can be found below.

Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman

State Sen. Martine Gulick

State Sen. Nader Hashim

State Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale

State Sen. Tanya Vyhovsky

State Sen. Anne Watson

State Sen. Becca White

State Rep. Daisy Berbeco

State Rep. Mari Cordes

State Rep. Bobby Farlice-Rubio

State Rep. Troy Headrick

State Rep. Emilie Kornheiser

State Rep. Emilie Krasnow

State Rep. Kate Logan

State Rep. Emma Mulvaney-Stanak

State Rep. Monique Priestley

State Rep. Taylor Small

State Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano

Mayor of Montpelier Jack McCoullough

Burlington City Councilor Joseph Magee