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GOP RIP? Jim Douglas Talks Future of the Republican Party

How can the Republican Party connect with mainstream America? That's the question former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas will explore in a campus lecture, Tuesday, March 12 at 3:30 p.m. in the Davis Center's Livak Ballroom.

"GOP RIP?  How the Republican Party Can Connect with Mainstream America," part of the Mark L. Rosen Memorial Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow.

Douglas served the people of Vermont for nearly four decades, beginning with his election to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1972, the same year he graduated from Middlebury College. He left the Vermont House in 1979 to become a top aide to the late Vermont Governor Richard Snelling. He was elected Vermont’s secretary of state in 1980, and in 1994, state treasurer. In 2002, he was elected the 80th governor of Vermont and was re-elected to this position in 2004, 2006, and 2008. In 2009, he announced that he would not seek election for a fifth term, and in 2011 he became an executive-in-residence at his alma mater, where he teaches a class titled “Vermont Government and Politics.” As governor, Douglas was chosen for several leadership positions by his colleagues nationally. In February 2010, President Barack Obama appointed him co-chair of the Council of Governors.

At its May commencement ceremony, UVM will present Douglas with an honorary degree.

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