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Brian E. Dubie

Assumed office 
January 9, 2003
Governor Jim Douglas
Preceded by Doug Racine

Born March 9, 1959 (1959-03-09) (age 50)
Essex, Vermont, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Penny Dubie
Profession American Airlines Pilot
U.S. Air Force Reserve
Website Brian Dubie for Governor

Brian E. Dubie (born March 9, 1959 in Burlington, Vermont) is an American politician, currently serving as the Lieutenant Governor of Vermont. He is a member of the Republican Party and is a candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of Vermont in 2010.


Professional background

Brian Dubie graduated from Essex High School in 1977. He attended the United States Air Force Academy before graduating from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1982. During college he joined the Vermont Air National Guard, where he flew the F-4 Phantom II and F-16 Fighting Falcon until 1998. After college, he joined Goodrich Aerospace as a fuel systems engineer and project manager. In 1989, he left engineering to join American Airlines, where he is now a captain, flying the McDonnell Douglas MD-80. In 1998, he joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve, where he is an Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer with the rank of colonel in the Air Forces Northern National Security Emergency Preparedness Directorate. Serving in that role, he earned a Meritorious Service Medal, First Oak Cluster, for his actions at Ground Zero in New York City following the September 11 attacks. In September 2005, Dubie served on the Gulf Coast in the relief effort for victims of Hurricane Katrina, earning the Meritorious Service Medal, Second Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Air Force Commendation Medal, First Oak Leaf Cluster, for outstanding achievement at 1st Air Force Hurricane Katrina Operations Center. With his brother, Mark, Brian Dubie is also a co-owner and co-operator of a 20,000-tap organic maple sugaring operation, Dubie Family Sugarworks.

Political experience

Brian Dubie is Vermont’s fourth-term lieutenant governor. Before becoming lieutenant governor, Brian Dubie’s only political experience was as member and chair of his town’s school board. He ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2000, earning 41% of the vote[1] against three-term incumbent Democrat Doug Racine.

He ran successfully for a second time in 2002, and won re-election by comfortable margins in 2004, 2006 and 2008. He won in 2002 with 41% of the vote[2] against two veteran campaigners, Democratic senate president pro tem Peter Shumlin (32%) and Progressive activist Anthony Pollina (25%). He won his second term with 56% of the vote[3] (and the highest total vote of any Vermont lieutenant governor to date) against Democrat Cheryl Rivers (36%) and Progressive Steve Hingtgen (7%). He was elected to a third term with 51% of the vote[4] against Democratic state senator Matt Dunne (45%). In 2008 Dubie won a fourth term with 55% of the vote[5] against Democrat Tom Costello (35%). In 2005, Dubie formed an exploratory committee to run for the United States Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Jim Jeffords,[6] before opting for a 3rd term as lieutenant governor. In 2007, he was among the leading candidates to replace outgoing Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Marion Blakey.[7] On October 1, 2009, Dubie announced his candidacy for Governor of Vermont in 2010 to succeed 4-term Republican Governor Jim Douglas[8]

As Lieutenant Governor

Vermont is one of 18 states that elect the governor and lieutenant governor separately, rather than on a unified ticket. Brian Dubie and Republican Governor Jim Douglas both assumed office in January 2003.

As Lieutenant Governor, Brian Dubie’s constitutional responsibilities are to preside over the Vermont Senate and to serve as acting governor if the governor is absent or incapacitated. In addition, Brian Dubie chairs Governor Jim Douglas’s Homeland Security Advisory Council and the Commission on Healthy Aging. Dubie has been active on energy issues, economic development, agriculture and children’s safety. His early excursions to the Province of Quebec were instrumental in forging valuable partnerships for his state in energy, public safety and homeland security. Dubie led a Vermont trade mission to Asia in 2003 and to Cuba in 2004 and 2005, negotiating sales of Vermont dairy heifers, dried milk and apples to Alimport, Cuba's food purchasing and importing agency. In the summer of 2008, Dubie launched a petition drive demanding tougher penalties for child sexual abuse, which resulted in the passage of new laws in 2009. Dubie chairs the Vermont Aerospace and Aviation Association and Washington, D.C.-based Aerospace States Association.


Brian Dubie is married to Penny Dubie and they have four children: Emily, Jack, Matt and Casey. His brother, Michael Dubie, is Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard.

External Links

Brian Dubie for Governor official campaign website


Political offices
Preceded by
Doug Racine
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont


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