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Vermont’s Outgoing Attorney General Talks About Decision To Retire

Former Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell
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Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell

In January, Vermont will have a new attorney general for the first time in a generation.  Incumbent Bill Sorrell announced in September 2015 that he would not seek reelection this year after serving in the post since 1997.  The longest-serving attorney general in the state’s history says that after nearly 20 years in the office it was time to let someone new take the post.
“I was getting a little tired of you know trying to bring the energy and commitment to it day in and day out and I just felt that this important office demands a lot and I’ve tried to give my best. And at the same time I wanted to be open to doing something entirely different before I decided to fully retire.  I just thought it was time for someone else to do it.  I’ll miss the people. I’ll miss the important issues. But this was the right time for me.”

Bill Sorrell’s term ends Wednesday January 4th.  The 69-year-old Democrat’s successor, current Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan, will be sworn in on January 5th.

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