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December 07, 2012

Gov. Shumlin Taps Louis Porter as Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that Louis Porter, currently a water quality advocate at Conservation Law Foundation and formerly a reporter and bureau chief for the Vermont Press Bureau, will take over the post of Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs, spearheading the administration’s agenda at the Vermont State House and legislative relations. Porter will succeed Alex MacLean, who is stepping down from the Secretary’s position next year to pursue opportunities in the private sector. MacLean will retain the title of Deputy Chief of Staff in the interim.

“Louis has covered state government as a journalist and has worked with the Legislature on environmental protection issues, and throughout has maintained a positive, respectful and collaborative relationship with lawmakers of all parties at the State House,” Gov. Shumlin said. “He will be a strong advocate for my priorities – including job creation and economic development, health care affordability, a responsible state budget, a healthy environment, and more. I am very glad Louis has agreed to join my administration.”

Porter is a former Vermont journalist, covering the State House as a reporter and bureau chief of the Vermont Press Bureau, which is owned by the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus and Rutland Herald. Since 2010, he has held the post of Lake Champlain Lakekeeper at the Conservation Law Foundation, advocating on environmental and water quality policy and enforcement for the New England nonprofit.

The Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs is a constitutional position broadly charged with oversight regarding the affairs of state government. In modern times and in the Shumlin Administration, that position has been filled by key policy and legislative advisers to the governor.

Porter, 37, who lives in Adamant, will join the administration prior to MacLean’s departure to help prepare for the 2013 legislative session, which gets underway next month. His salary will be $72,000.

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: December 07, 2012 08:09:11
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