MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott has chosen Rutland County Republican Sen. Kevin Mullin to be the next chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board, according to several sources.
Mullin, the current chairman of the Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee, will resign his Senate seat in the coming days to accept the appointment to the board.
Both Mullin and Scott spokeswoman Rebecca Kelley declined to comment on the appointment Tuesday evening. Scott called Mullin Tuesday to inform him of the appointment, according to the sources. Other candidates who were interviewed but not selected have been informed in recent days.
The five-member Green Mountain Care Board is the state’s health care regulatory body and oversees hospital budgets and health insurance rates, among other things. The board only has three current members and Scott is expected to announce another board appointee Wednesday along with Mullin.
Mullin was appointed to the Senate in January 2003 and has won re-election every election cycle since then. He previously served three terms in the Vermont House. Scott, a fellow Republican, will need to appoint someone to the Senate from Rutland County to complete Mullin’s term, which runs through 2018.
Applicants for the board are cleared by the Green Mountain Care Board Nominating Committee. Qualified names are then forwarded to the governor who can select people from that list for an open board position.
The previous board chairman, Al Gobeille, departed to become secretary of the Agency of Human Services. Another former member, Betty Rambur, left in January to take a new position in Rhode Island. Jessica Holmes, Con Hogan and Robin Lunge, who was confirmed by the Senate earlier this year, are the three current members.