For State Representative
As a working parent with a young student at our local elementary school, an employee of a local nonprofit organization, and an active member of the community, I add a valuable perspective in Montpelier. I’ve lived in rural Vermont and Chittenden County and I care deeply about our state. I am honored to serve Richmond as our community’s voice in the state house.
I’m proud to be a Vermonter and to be a part of the Richmond community. We need engaged and thoughtful leaders now more than ever. I will continue to rise to the challenges we are facing and be your voice in Montpelier.
It is essential that we support our schools and students as we move forward in the coming school year. Providing schools with the resources they need to safely guide our children forward is crucial. Increased resources for special education, supportive services, and mental health services should be a priority. After-school programs are also an important form of educational and social support for students. We must allocate the necessary resources to after-school programs so they can continue to support students and families.
Supporting our childcare system and allowing parents and caregivers to fully participate in the workforce is key to Vermont’s economic development. Even before the current crisis, our state has struggled with a lack of affordable, high quality childcare programs. Early childhood education and social-emotional development is essential for our young children and we must support our early educators and programs through increased funding and capacity building.
Creating a system of paid family and medical leave will allow working families to care for their children, themselves, and members of their families during the challenging moments when they most need support. More Vermonters will be able to provide longer care for their children after birth or placement through adoption or foster care. Employees will also be entitled to paid leave for their own illness or the serious illness of a family member.
Vermont must continue to act decisively to combat climate change. Protecting Vermont’s environment, our winters, and the health of our planet must remain a top priority. We need to continue our investments in an innovative green economy to create new jobs and help our economy thrive while also reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. We must continue to support renewable energy and build our clean transportation infrastructure. I will continue to support the recommendations in the Vermont Climate Action Plan.
As your representative, I am fighting to end systemic racial injustice. This work is long overdue and as a starting point we must acknowledge that racism is deeply embedded in our current policies and institutions. In order to truly engage in this work and support our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color here in Vermont we must commit to meaningful reform across the board and particularly in the areas of law enforcement, education, and criminal justice.
Access to affordable medical care, including treatment for substance use disorders and mental health services, is vitally important for the health of our communities. Citizens across our state have a better opportunity to thrive when they have access to affordable health insurance. A strong network of supportive healthcare services for our seniors will also help ensure that many have better options for aging in place as they grow older.
This upcoming year will hold many challenges for our leaders across the state. I will continue to listen to your priorities, serve as your voice in Montpelier, and work hard on behalf of this community. I promise to be thoughtful, transparent, and engaged as your representative and I ask for your support.
Jana lives in Richmond with her husband, first grade son, and golden retriever
Jana grew up in Fair Haven, VT, a rural town in Rutland County. She is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Her public service career began at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office before she moved back home to Vermont in 2009. Jana spent four and a half years working in Montpelier for the Vermont Attorney General’s Office in the Civil Litigation division. She completed the Vermont Leadership Institute program run by the Snelling Center for Government in 2013.
Jana joined the nonprofit sector in 2014 and currently works as the Program Manager at the Children’s Literacy Foundation, a nonprofit focused on providing literacy programming and books to economically disadvantaged children and families throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. After working in the early childhood field for a few years she completed the Vermont Early Childhood Leadership Institute run by the Snelling Center for Government in 2017. Issues impacting children and families in Vermont such as food insecurity, lack of affordable high quality childcare, and school equity issues have inspired her to run for office.
Jana completed the Emerge Vermont training program for Democratic women in 2018 and was she was elected as a trustee of the Richmond Free Library in March 2018. She is a member of the Richmond Democratic Caucus. She serves the Richmond community as a board member for Our Community Cares Camp.
She was elected to the legislature in 2020 and serves on the House Education Committee. Jana lives in Richmond with her husband, school-age son, and golden retriever. She also enjoys hiking, skiing, and being out on the water in the summertime.
News & Updates
End of Session Report June 2022
The 2021–2022 biennium is adjourned! We began our work remotely, legislating via Zoom at the height of the pandemic, and returned to the statehouse in January of this year. Through it all, every committee meeting and floor debate has been available to the public —...
End of Session Report June 2021
It’s an honor to serve as your State Representative and our community’s voice in Montpelier. The 2021 session is certainly one for the record books, both in terms of legislative business conducted via Zoom and the vast infusion of federal aid that has come to Vermont...
Town Meeting Day 2021
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