Stella Bloomberg Hackel Sims
1940 to Today
Subject CategoriesGovernment / Politics
Fourth woman to serve as Director of the U.S. Bureau of the Mint, Treasury Department (1977-1981), first Vermont woman to run for the office of Governor, and the first Vermont woman to be elected to the office of Vermont State Treasurer.
Date of Birth1926
Stella Hackel Sims has spent her life in public service. She was born in Burlington in 1926, and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1945.
Graduating from Boston University School of Law with a J.D. cum laude in 1948, she was admitted to the Vermont Bar Association that same year.
In 1956, Hackel Sims was elected City Grand Juror(Prosecutor)of Rutland, serving until 1963. She was apppointed to the position of Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Employment Security in 1963 and served until 1973. She was also President of the Interstate Conference of Employment Security Agencies from 1971-1972.
She began her career in law in 1973 with the firm of Ryan, Smith, and Carbine. Sims was the first woman to be elected to the office of Vermont State Treasurer in 1975. She was also the first woman to run for Governor of Vermont for either party, losing the general election as the Democratic candidate in 1976.
Not deterred from public life, she became the City Attorney for Rutland. Soon after, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the position of Director of the Bureau of the Mint, Treasury Department, making her the fourth woman in the U.S. to hold this office. She served as Director of the Mint from 1971-1981. Under her direction, the U.S. Mint introduced the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin in 1979. Known as the "mini-dollar", this coin was minted to reduce printing costs of $1 bills.
Stella Hackel Sims retired in 1988, and now lives in Arlington, VA.
Organizations or Movements
- Vermont Bar Association
- Vermont Department of Employment and Security
- Employment Security Board
- Interstate Conference of Employment Security Agencies
- U.S. Treasury Department
- Rutland City Grand Juror
- Commissioner, Vermont Department of Employment Security
- President, Interstate Conference of Employment Security Agencies
- Vermont State Treasurer
- Rutland City Attorney
- Director of U.S. Mint, Treasury Department
- University of Vermont 1945
- J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1948