Tim Ashe

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Tim Ashe
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President pro tempore of the Vermont Senate
Assumed office
January 6, 2017
Preceded byJohn Campbell
Member of the Vermont Senate
from the Chittenden district
Assumed office
January 5, 2009
Preceded byMulti-member district
Member of the Burlington City Council
from the 3rd ward
In office
Preceded byCarina Driscoll
Succeeded byMarrisa Caldwell
Personal details
Born (1976-12-10) December 10, 1976 (age 42)
Framingham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Other political
Spouse(s)Paula Routly
EducationUniversity of Vermont (BA)
Harvard University (MPP)
WebsiteOfficial website

Timothy R. Ashe (born December 10, 1976) is an American politician who has served as a Democrat/Progressive in the Vermont State Senate from Chittenden County since 2009 and as President pro tempore of the Vermont Senate since 2017.

Personal life and early career[edit]

Ashe graduated from the University of Vermont in 1999 when he began working in then-Congressman Bernie Sanders’ Burlington office where he worked for two and a half years.[1] In late 2001 Ashe took a position with United Academics, the faculty union at the University of Vermont.

From 2002 to 2004 Ashe attended Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.[2] While there he concentrated his studies on domestic social policy. He also served as a teaching assistant to Ed Miliband, now a British MP and formerly the leader of the Labour Party, in a course comparing US and northern European social policy. Upon graduating Ashe moved back home to Vermont.

Ashe served on the Board of Spectrum Youth and Family Services, a community organization serving at-risk youth, and Housing Foundation, Inc., a non-profit affordable housing organization. He volunteered as a baseball coach in the Old North End's Center City Little League for two years.

He lives in Burlington with his partner, Paula.[3]

Career and politics[edit]

In July 2004, Ashe successfully sought a seat on the Burlington City Council in a special election to replace Carina Driscoll. He won re-election in 2005 and 2007. Ashe became the youngest member of the Council when elected.

Ashe worked at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity from 2005 to 2006. In the Fall of 2006, Ashe became a Project Manager at Cathedral Square, a non-profit developer of affordable housing for seniors and people with disabilities.

In November 2008 Ashe was elected to the Vermont Senate. He won on a Democratic/Progressive fusion ticket and was endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders.[4][5] He has won re-election every two years since.

In October 2011 Ashe declared himself a candidate for Mayor of Burlington running again on a Democratic/Progressive fusion ticket.[6] While seeking the Democratic nomination for Mayor on November 13, 2011, Ashe tied his opponent, Miro Weinberger, at the caucus each receiving 540 votes after three rounds of voting, forcing them into a second convention held on December 11, 2011.[7]

In January 2017, Ashe was elected President Pro Tempore of the Vermont Senate by his fellow Senators. He serves on the Senate Appropriations and Judiciary Committees.


  1. ^ "Senator Tim Ashe". Vermont State Senate. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Senator Tim Ashe". Vermont State Senate. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  3. ^ http://timashe.com/?page_id=6
  4. ^ http://www.progressiveparty.org/?page=1&mode=&offset=10
  5. ^ http://timashe.com/
  6. ^ http://vtdigger.org/2011/10/17/senator-tim-ashes-statement-on-entering-burlington-mayoral-race/
  7. ^ http://www.wcax.com/story/16227609/burlington-dems-r3eady-for-a-2nd-try

External links[edit]

Vermont Senate
Preceded by
John Campbell
President pro tempore of the Vermont Senate