State Sen. William Doyle ’45 P’84 Honored for 48 Years of Service

Both the Vermont State Senate and the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce recently honored Vermont State Senator William “Bill” Doyle ’45 P’84 at a gala event in Montpelier in recognition of nearly 50 years of service and contributions to the state and people of Vermont. A Republican member of the Vermont Senate from 1969 to 2017, Doyle is the longest-serving member of Vermont’s state legislature.

Gov. Phil Scott, who served with Doyle in the Senate, praised his wisdom and his ability to listen and take criticism. Scott said Doyle proved “you don’t have to be the loudest in the room. It’s about remembering you’re a public servant.” He signed a proclamation declaring March 7 to be Bill Doyle Town Meeting Day.

“Senator Doyle is a Vermont treasure,” said Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Lindel James. “His dedication to his constituents has won praise from Republicans, Democrats and Independents across the state and throughout the eastern United States … He has been a very strong and active member of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate his contributions to Vermont.”

Doyle grew up in New Jersey, graduated from The Lawrenceville School, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University. He then earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University and became a professor of political science at Johnson State College in Johnson, Vt., in 1958, where he continues to teach.

A resident of Montpelier since 1959, Doyle became active in local politics and government, serving on the Montpelier School Board from 1964 to 1968. He was first elected to the Vermont Senate in 1968, and served as Minority Leader from 2010 to 2013. Doyle is author of The Vermont Political Tradition, a tracing the state’s political development from its formation as an independent republic in 1777 to the election of Madeline Kunin as governor in 1985. In 1969 he introduced the “Doyle Poll,” an unscientific survey of Vermonters’ views on issues facing the Legislature.

We join Bill’s Vermont colleagues and constituents in congratulating him on his service to his adopted state.

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