|Address||P.O. Box 209 |
Burlington, Vermont 05402, United States
|| December 18, 1950
|Died||November 03, 2017
Nov 03, 2017 02:27pm
Caucasian - Gay -
|Info||Ed Flanagan (Edward S. Flanagan), born December 18, 1950, is an American politician from Vermont. Since January 2005, he has served as a Vermont State Senator and is currently running as a Democratic Party candidate for State Auditor in Vermont in 2010. |
Flanagan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in history/political science in 1973, and earned a J.D. from Harvard University in 1976. Beginning in 1977, Flanagan served in the Carter Administration as a policy analyst under Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Joseph Califano, before returning to the private practice of law in Vermont.
Flanagan served as Vermont's Auditor of Accounts from 1993 through 2001, becoming the first openly gay, statewide-elected official in the United States. As Vermont State Auditor he transformed a backwater office into an aggressive consumer watchdog for taxpayers and those who must rely on government services. He took on the establishment time and again: fighting for health care consumers against insurance company abuses, for honest government against no-bid contracts given to political contributors, for working parents against dangerous conditions at child care centers, for Vermont seniors and veterans against shameful nursing care, and for the business community against the unfair distribution of tax credits.
Flanagan was the Democratic nominee in the U.S. Senate contest in 2000, becoming the first openly gay individual to be nominated by a major party as a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Although Flanagan was defeated by incumbent U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords, his U.S. Senate campaign, like many of his campaigns before and since, won the backing of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.
In 2004, Flanagan was elected to the Vermont State Senate, representing the Chittenden senate district. He is a resident of Burlington, Vermont. During his second Senate term he sponsored the first universal access health care bill.
In November 2005, Flanagan was seriously injured in a car accident during a period of particularly bad weather. Having spent six months in hospital, he returned to the statehouse in early May 2006 and expressed his strong support for health care reform. His return speech was greeted with standing ovations.
Flanagan continued his fight for Vermonters rights in his third Senate term with his support of healthcare cost control and reform, improving Vermont’s sexual abuse response system, and the first successful civil marriage bill.
Flanagan's 16 years in Montpelier make him the 'right guy' for the office of State Auditor having worked in close concert with both fellow legislators and fellow administators.
As State Auditor, Flanagan learned how to effectively run a large office in the executive branch. He directly coordinated the monitoring and enhancing of government performance.
As State Senator, Flanagan learned how to efficiently harness public support and the power of the legislature to directly improve the lives of Vermonters state-wide.
Flanagan's experiences help him create a bridge between the executive and legislative branches, which is crucial to the success of the State Auditor improving the role of government as it pertains to Vermonters.
Ed Flanagan lives with his long-term partner Isaac Lustgarten.