• Rep. Jim Hutchinson passed away
    July 29,2008
     

    RANDOLPH -- Rep. Jim Hutchinson of Randolph passed away, according to the office of House Speaker Gaye Symington.

    Hutchinson had served two terms in the House, most recently as a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules.

    He was a life long resident of Randolph and served as the Chair of the Randolph select board, Symington said.

    "Jim was widely respected for his fair and balanced approach to the challenges Vermonters face," the speaker said. "His booming voice never left anyone wondering where he stood, either in principle on an issue, or in location in the House. His easy and deep laugh must have made him a ready stand-in if Santa got way-laid on his travels to rural Vermont.

    "On behalf of the entire House, I send my deepest regrets to Jim's wife, Leslie, and their family. I know his colleagues in the House will miss Jim tremendously. Randolph has lost a true leader and voice of common sense and integrity. Vermont is a wiser and kinder place because of his contributions."

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