3 weeks ago
Good evening neighbors,First let me say what a pleasure it is to be representing this district. I have had the opportunity to talk about a lot of "stuff" this session with many of our neighbors, and it is actually a PLEASURE to be back in the statehouse interacting with fellow elected representatives. Thank you for the Honor and opportunity.We legislator types are still talking about leaving the hallowed halls at the end of the week-or maybe Saturday. All a game of the best guess.But the powers that be seem intent on packing as much into the last days as possible. Ergo we spent the first Monday of the session at the Cap, passing a lot of last minute stuff that was being pushed back over from the Senate with minor or major changes. I got home tonight just in time to say goodnight to the wife and dog….not looking for pity, just an indication of how it is when the clock is ticking.Commercial Break!! You read this on Front Porch Forum because they believe in NEIGHBORHOOD discussions and getting people to talk about issues, just like folks once did while sitting on the front porch (apparently before the days of air conditioning?). They represent a community resource (Just like the ELKS who could also use some help) and now are looking at a fund drive. Consider making a contribution if you can…frontporchforum.com/supporting-membersAs many have heard, there has been a decision made to investigate the impeachment of both the Franklin County State’s Attorney and the Sheriff. The first is reported to have been a very not nice guy to his staff, and the second is well known for kicking a guy in handcuffs and knocking him helter skelter. This is a process that has not been employed since the 70’s and our Government Operations is expected to get the ball rolling by constituting an investigative committee to report to the House which then decides if/if not to draft articles to have the House vote on…Then those articles go to the Senate for a “trial”….very similar to what happened in DC under the last administration. That should be interesting.Today we addressed everything from selling catalytic converters to training for Police, to forestry stuff, to creation of housing opportunity, to suicide, to utility disconnection. All over the map. The effort to make the legislature more diverse has hit a bit of a snag produced by mixing state health insurance issues with Federal ACA regulations. I continue to think it is a priority to have a more diverse group of folks making our laws than we have now. IF our Constitution guarantees us the opportunity to be judged by a jury of our peers when we are charged with a crime, and if that jury could be filled with people representing every stage of adulthood, how can we not expect to make a seat available for everyone when we are making those laws our peers are judging us on? I continue to ponder that one, but I feel age, gender, race, income, faith educational issues should all be included if we are truly a community of peers.Well, enough blathering for the night. Off for another day of legislating tomorrow. As always, reach out to StateRepHooper@gmail.com with a suggestion or comment or just to chat. Childcare is a priority….and our future. Another thing we have to figure out.Enjoy the spring….we can complain about the heat later!!Hooper ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago
Last week was a good week at the state house because the YOUTH of our state came to share their views on Climate and other things with us in the hallways and cafeteria and committee rooms. The place was packed. This was a good thing as many came prepared to discuss fine points of legislation with their representatives.... IF indeed the children are our future, Vermont will be looking pretty good with the next generation taking those uncomfortable state house chairs.This photo is a day that supporters of improving Child Care opportunities came to talk. A good start in life begins with early education and a safe environment..... Glad they came!!!! ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
“Watch Jon Stewart destroy Republican Senator Nathan Dahm on gun reform. Stewart debunked every statement and made Dahm look foolish, ♥️ and RT if you agree!”
Advocating for the needs of working Vermonters and protecting those most vulnerable for over 30 years.
A History of Service for Vermont
Bob Hooper has a long and varied career of service for the people of Vermont. As a member of the Vermont Veterans Home Board of Trustees and a former member of the Veterans Advisory Council, Bob has helped countless veterans get the assistance they need and deserve.
His involvement and experience with pension and retirement assets for the State of Vermont gives him an advantage over many incumbent representatives.
Hooper is a solid, hard working Democrat. He represents working class Vermonters As the President Emeritus of the Vermont State Employees’ Association, he fought for fair wages and affordable healthcare.
Bob is ready to work for you-full time!
Vote for Hooper!!