Shumlin engaged to be married

MONTPELIER — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is engaged to be married to his longtime girlfriend Katie Hunt, his office said Thursday.

Shumlin, 59, and Hunt, 31, plan to marry within the next year but have not yet chosen a date, Shumlin’s office said. The two plan to live in Westminster West when his third and final term as governor expires in January 2017.

Katie Hunt and Gov. Peter Shumlin (Photo courtesty of Gov. Peter Shumlin's office)

Katie Hunt and Gov. Peter Shumlin (Photo courtesty of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s office)

“I feel so lucky to have Katie in my life, and we are very happy to share this news,” Shumlin said in a statement.

Shumlin spokesman Scott Coriell said the two have been engaged for several weeks and the governor was ready to make it public.

Hunt is an artist and landscape gardener who grew up in southern Vermont and is currently finishing her degree at Mount Holyoke College, Shumlin’s office said.

“Peter is my best friend and the love of my life,” Hunt said in a statement. “I could not be happier to continue on together living in the state we both grew up in and love so much.”

Shumlin did not acknowledge his relationship with Hunt publicly during his first two terms. But Hunt has appeared more regularly by Shumlin’s side at public events during his third term. The years-old relationship had been known about by most of the state’s political media for some time, but was not written about until last fall in a profile piece by VTDigger’s Anne Galloway.

Shumlin and his former wife, Deborah Holway, the mother of his two daughters, divorced in 2013.

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