Deborah Markowitz

Time Period

1940 to Today

Notable Facts

Vermont's 37th Secretary of State. First woman in Vermont to be elected Secretary of State. Founder of the Women's Leadership Initiative to promote women running for elective office and established the "Safe at Home" Program, a program for victims of domestic violence, rape, or stalking. Founding director of Vermont League of Cities and Towns Municipal Law Center. Improved customer service in the Secretary of State's office, making it easier to start and expand a business in Vermont, implemented an ambitious election reform agenda and championed civics education in the schools.

Personal Information

Primary Residence

Montpelier

Historical Significance

Deborah Markowitz graduated from the University of Vermont in 1983 with a B.A. and went on to Georgetown University Law Center where she graduated magna cum laude with her Juris Doctorate degree in 1987. After graduating, she served as a law clerk for Justice Louis Peck of the Vermont Supreme Court from 1987-1988. In 1988, she began practicing law at Langrock, Sperry, and Wool until 1990, when she began work as the founding director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns Municipal Law Center until 1997. While serving as Director, Markowitz published numerous handbooks on local government and law, and she lectured on issues related to municipal law and ethics in government. In 1998, Deborah Markowitz became Vermont's 37th Secretary of State and Vermont's first woman Secretary of State.

Her responsibilities include overseeing Vermont's elections, the State Archives, professional licensing and business registrations, and providing educational assistance to Vermont's local officials.

Secretary Markowitz is well known for her efforts to improve Vermont's democracy and promote good citizenship. She has helped schools by providing materials to teachers on Town Meeting day, Vermont's legislative process and age-appropriate information about Vermont's history, culture, and geography. She also has published the "Citizen's Guide to Town Meeting" and the "Moderators Handbook" to help Vermonters understand and be able to participate in their local town meetings.

Deborah Markowitz has also improved customer service in the Secretary of State's office, making it easier to start and expand a business in Vermont. She has also been a leader in strengthening laws that ensure the preservation of important government records in the State Archives.

During her time as Secretary, she also established the Safe at Home program. This is a program for victims of domestic violence, rape, or stalking. Her office helps keep people from being tracked down through public records systems and the most vulnerable victims can use her office address as their legal address and then mail is forwarded to a confidential location.

Secretary Markowitz is an advocate of women in leadership positions. She believes women have the opportunity to be powerful leaders and can make a difference in our local communities, state, nation, and world. Markowitz is the founder of the Women's Leadership Initiative to promote women running for elective office.

Organizations or Movements

  • Vermont Girl Scout Council
  • Central Vermont Community Action Agency
  • Vermont Women's Business Center Advisory Board
  • National Assoc. of Secretaries of State
  • Advisory Board of the National Election Assistance Commission.

Occupations

  • Law clerk
  • Lawyer
  • Director of Vermont League of Cities and Towns Municipal Law Center
  • Vermont Secretary of State.

Education

  • B.A., University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (1983)
  • J.D, Georgetown University, Magna Cum Laude, 1987

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Secretary of State website Link

  • Deb Markowitz for Secretary of State Link

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Deborah Marowitz and her family
Deborah Marowitz and her family