Mary C. Ashcroft

Mary Ashcroft
Mary Ashcroft

Time Period

1940 to Today

Notable Facts

Member of the Vermont House (District Winham-3) from Town of Rockingham (1979-1982); Legislative Liaison for Governor Madeleine Kunin (1985-86); Volunteer attorney and guardian ad litem for children in Rutland Family Court

Personal Information

Date of Birth

06/26/1953

Primary Residence

Rutland

Religion

Congregational

Ethnicity

Caucasian

Historical Significance

Mary C. Ashcroft was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1979 to 1982, and served as special liaison to the general assembly for Governor Madeleine Kunin from 1985 to 1986. Since 1987, she has maintained a private law practice in Rutland, Vermont. She currently works for the Vermont Bar Association as its statewide Pro Bono Coordinator.

Ashcroft is a native Vermonter, born in Bellows Falls. She grew up in Rockingham, Vermont and graduated from Bellows Falls high school as class valedictorian. She attended the University of Vermont, graduating with a Bachelor of Science, and the Catholic University Columbus School of Law.

A Democrat, Ashcroft served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives (District Windham-3) from the town of Rockingham from 1979 to 1982. During her term, she met Harold Billings, a State Representative from the town of Rutland and Republican. The couple married in 1983.

From 1985 to 1986, Ashcroft served as a special liaison to the general assembly for Governor Madeleine Kunin. Ashcroft was part of Vermont's first woman-led administration, among an unusually large number of woman appointees, many of whom held positions for the first time. Ashcroft resigned from her post in April 1986, hoping to spend more time with her husband on their farm in Rutland.

In 1987, Ashcroft started her own law practice in Rutland, VT, and has an active career as an involved community lawyer. In 1987-88, she served as chair of the Vermont Certificate of Need Review Board. She is a member of the Vermont Bar Association and the Rutland County Bar Association. She has been an active member of the Vermont Volunteer Lawyer Project since 1990, and served as a volunteer attorney and guardian ad litem for children in Rutland Family Court. She has also chaired the District #1 Environmental Commission.

Ashcroft has been a Justice of the Peace and has served on numerous community boards and commissions, including library, planning, and environmental boards, as well as being a foster parent and adoptive parent.

Organizations or Movements

  • Vermont Bar Association
  • Rutland County Bar Association
  • Rutland Area Chorus
  • Grace Congregational Church
  • Chair, Rutland Free Library Board of Trustees
  • Rutland South Rotarian (Past President and Paul Harris Fellow)
  • Rutland Town Planning Commission (1993-1998)
  • Justice of the Peace in Rutland Town
  • Vermont Volunteer Lawyer Project
  • District #1 Environmental Commission (1989-1990)
  • Vermont Natural Resources Council Board of Directors and Chair of the Board
  • Vermont Certificate of Need Review Board (1987-88)
  • Member of Governor Madeleine Kunin's administration.

Occupations

  • Attorney and small business owner
  • member of the Vermont House from Town of Rockingham (1979-1982)
  • Legislative Liaison for Governor Madeleine Kunin (1985-86)
  • Volunteer attorney and guardian ad litem for children in Rutland Family Court
  • Sunday School Teacher, Grace Congregational Church
  • Foster parent and adoptive parent
  • Candidate for State Representative from Rutland-4 in 2008

Education

  • Bellows Falls High School valedictorian
  • University of Vermont, Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude
  • Catholic University Columbus School of Law (evening division)

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Patricia Minichello. Labor of Love and Politics Link

  • "Kunin's Cabinet Now in Place; Bristow to Stay," Rutland Herald, January 5, 1985, 1:1.

  • "Kunin Liaison To Quit Post," Burlington Free Press, April 17, 1986, 5B:1.