Montpelier, VT – U.S. Senator James Jeffords was a true Vermonter who always put his constituents and the needs of Vermonters first. For 40 years he served his state with great distinction and a fiery independence that Vermonters cherished.

From his early days as a state senator from Rutland County to his retirement from the U.S. Senate in 2006, he was known and respected as a strong and principled leader.

Never one to be confined by political party lines, Sen. Jeffords personified the spirit of Vermont and will be sorely missed.

The Vermont Republican Party sends its condolences to the family of Senator Jeffords along with our thanks for his decades of dedicated service to our state.