Snelling resigns from Senate to head Natural Resources Board

MONTPELIER — Chittenden County Republican Sen. Diane Snelling is resigning from the body to become chairwoman of the Natural Resources Board, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Tuesday morning.

DSnellingSnelling, who has served in the Senate since being appointed in 2002 to replace a seat vacated by her mother, will replace Jon Groveman on the board.

“I am proud to appoint Senator Snelling to this position,” Shumlin said. “Her deep policy knowledge of Act 250 as well as her well-deserved reputation for being thoughtful and non-partisan make her an ideal candidate for this position.”

Snelling’s work in the Senate has involved work on clean water initiatives and shore land protection. She has served on the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

“I’m grateful to the governor for this wonderful opportunity to continue to demonstrate my commitment to Vermont’s environment,” Snelling said. “I look forward to working together to meet the challenges ahead.”

Shumlin is appointing former Chittenden County Sen. Helen Riehle to finish out the remainder of Snelling’s term. Rhiele will not be running for the seat in November and is merely a placeholder for the remainder of the legislative session, which will likely wrap up in early May.

Riehle previously served 10 years in the House and eight years in the Senate. She now serves as chair of the South Burlington City Council.

“With the session winding to a close, it is important for Chittenden County to have a senator right away who is ready to hit the ground running,” Shumlin said. “I could not think of a person in a better position to do that than Helen, and I appreciate her willingness to serve out the remainder of Sen. Snelling’s term.”

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