Judith Stephany Ahearn

Judith Stephany, candidate for Mayor of Burlington, 1983 (UPI photo).
Judith Stephany, candidate for Mayor of Burlington, 1983 (UPI photo).

Time Period

1940 to Today

Notable Facts

Former Vermont House Democratic minority leader; special assistant to Governor Madeleine Kunin; Vermont state Senator

Personal Information

Date of Birth

06/01/1944

Primary Residence

Burlington

Religion

Catholic

Ethnicity

Caucasian

Historical Significance

Judith Stephany Ahearn has served as Vermont House Democratic minority leader, legislative liaison to Governor Madeleine Kunin, and as a state senator from Chittenden County.

Ahearn, a resident of Burlington, Vermont, was first elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1976. She served until 1983, and by the end of her tenure in the house was Democratic minority leader. She resigned in 1983 to run against incumbent Mayor of Burlington, Bernie Sanders. From 1984 to 1986, she served as a sex equity consultant for the Vermont Department of Education.

In 1986, Ahearn was appointed by Governor Madeleine Kunin to be legislative liaison. As a special assistant to the governor, Ahearn was part of a unique group in Vermont's first woman-led administration, among an unusually large number of woman appointees, many of who held positions for the first time.

In 1993, Governor Howard Dean appointed Ahearn to fill a vacant state Senate seat, when Senator Edwin Granai retired due to medical problems. After Ahearn's appointment, all six senators in the Chittenden delegation were women. During her tenure in the senate, Ahearn focused on health care, property tax reform, and education.

Ahearn is a public health consultant, serving as Tobacco Program Manager for the Vermont Department of Health, and as the managing director of the Tobacco Control Strategies Group.

Organizations or Movements

  • Vermont House of Representatives
  • Vermont Senate
  • Kunin administration
  • Vermont Department of Health

Occupations

  • Public Health consultant
  • State legislator
  • house minority leader
  • sex equity consultant for Vermont Department of Education
  • special assistant to Governor Madeleine Kunin
  • state Senator
  • Tobacco Program Manager, Vermont Department of Health
  • Managing Director, Tobacco Control Strategies Group

Education

  • Le Moyne College, B.S. in Economics and French
  • Trinity College Women's Small Business Program certificate

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • "Kunin to Name Stephany as Aide," Rutland Herald, 12/9/86, 16:3.

  • "Stephany to Fill Senate Seat," Burlington Free Press, 12/29/93, 1B:2.

  • "Burlington senator Judith Buckley Stephany seeks re-election," Burlington Free Press, 7/16/94, 5B:6.

Additional Images

Stephany, Speaker Stephan Morse, and Robert Kinsey
Stephany, Speaker Stephan Morse, and Robert Kinsey "crowned big chiefs," 1981 (UPI photo).
Stephany elected Democratic leader, 1980 (UPI photo).
Stephany elected Democratic leader, 1980 (UPI photo).