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Rep. Peter WelchPeter Welch was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1947 into a family of six children. He attended Holy Name Grammar School and Cathedral High School. After graduating from the College of the Holy Cross in 1969, he was selected to be in the first class of Robert F. Kennedy Fellows. This honor allowed him to continue the civil rights work he began in college, helping families in Chicago overcome discriminatory housing policies. Welch graduated from the University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall in 1973.

Settling in Vermont, Welch worked as a public defender and subsequently founded the law firm of Welch, Graham & Manby.

In 1980, Welch became only the second Democrat ever elected to represent Windsor County in the Vermont State Senate. In 1985 he was elected by his colleagues to serve as President Pro Tem of the Vermont Senate, becoming the first Democrat in Vermont history to hold this leadership position. Welch returned to the Senate in 2002 and his colleagues again elected him President Pro Tem in 2003, a position he held until 2006.


Rep. Welch and his wife, State Rep. Margaret Cheney,
walk in Montpelier's Independence Day Parade.

Welch, who lives in Hartland and Norwich, Vermont, was elected to his first term as Vermont's lone U.S. Representative in 2006 and was reelected in 2008. Welch serves on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. For more information on his committee assignments, click here.

Welch is married to Margaret Cheney, a member of the Vermont House of Representatives.




Power Couple Celebrate First Anniversary
By Kerry Trotter

Sundays are sacred at the tidy white house on the hilltop for Margaret Cheney and Peter Welch.

Both known for their progressive and policy-oriented approach to politics – Cheney in the Vermont House, Welch in the U.S. House – Sunday is the one day of the week when the couple might head out on their cross country skis. It's the day spent relaxing in front of the fireplace. It's a day of cooking meals together.

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