North Troy lawmaker Bobby Starr to retire after 46 years in state politics

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NORTH TROY — Democratic State Senator Bobby Starr announced Monday that he will retire at the end of his current term, concluding a storied 46-year career in Vermont politics.

The announcement came during a Legislative Breakfast at the East Side Restaurant, where Starr shared his plans to step down in January 2025, giving ample time for potential candidates to prepare for the election to fill his seat.

Starr, who has represented Vermonters since 1964, including 26 years in the House before transitioning to the Senate, cited a desire to spend more time with his wife, Anita, and to enjoy warmer climates during the winter months.

His career has spanned multiple facets of public service, from local town and school government roles to significant legislative accomplishments and some admitted missteps at the state level.

Reflecting on his decision, Starr emphasized the need for strong representation in Montpelier and expressed his gratitude toward the community and his legislative colleagues for their support over the years.

His bipartisan approach was highlighted by accolades from both sides of the aisle, including Republican Sen. Russ Ingalls and Republican Reps. Brian Smith and Woodman Page, who praised Starr’s service and collegial nature.

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