Bio: Carolyn Branagan
Carolyn Branagan is a life long Vermonter, born in Windsor, grew up on a dairy farm, and as a child attended public schools. She graduated from the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont (BS 1976 and MEd 1984). After graduation, she taught elementary school in Fairfax and Fairfield, Vermont, and was the grade school principal in Fairfield, Vermont.
She has served as a trustee of the Vermont Historical Society; former trustee of the University of Vermont; treasurer of the Franklin County Republican Committee; past trustee and chair of the Vermont Maple Festival; past trustee and treasurer for Martha's Kitchen (free soup kitchen); trustee Samaritan House (homeless shelter); trustee Franklin County Home Health; member Friends of Northern Lake Champlain.
She is a past member and chair Georgia (Vermont) School Board; past member and chair Franklin West Supervisory Union Board; Georgia Town History Editor; life long member Georgia Historical Society and is the current Town Moderator in Georgia.
She is a life long member of the Georgia Plain Baptist Church where she has served as Deacon, Supt. of Sunday School, church treasurer, Sunday school teacher, Helping Hand Society secretary, Supper Committee, and on several other committees.
In 2010 she was chosen Vermont Mother of the Year and served on their national board.
Carolyn Branagan served as State Representative and then State Senator at the Vermont statehouse from 2002 until 2018.
First elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2002, she represented her home town of Georgia and the neighboring community of Fairfax. First assigned to the House Education Committee where she served as clerk, she was then assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee where she served as clerk and later as Vice-Chair. While in the House she served as co-Chair of the Vermont Woman’s caucus, Clean Water Caucus, Joint Fiscal Committee, and on many conference committees.
Representing the Franklin Senate District in the Vermont state senate, she served on the Senate Committee on Agriculture (clerk) and on the Senate Committee on Education. Other Senate assignments include the Senate Committee on Ethics, Government Accountability Committee, Joint Energy Committee, Legislative Council Committee, and the Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain’s Future.
Carolyn Branagan is married to Chris Branagan, CPA, and founding partner of Kittell Branagan and Sargent Accounting Firm in St. Albans. They have three grown children, two grandchildren, and live in Georgia, Vermont where they produce award-winning, pure Vermont maple syrup.