Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed Louis Porter to be his point person in the Legislature as secretary of civil and military affairs.
Porter, a former Statehouse reporter with the Vermont Press Bureau and most recently the Lake Champlain "Lake-Keeper" water policy lobbyist with the Conservation Law Foundation, will coordinate the administration's contacts with lawmakers.
Porter replaces Alexandra MacLean, who announced her departure from the administration recently.
The 37-year-old Porter, who lives in Adamant, will earn $72,000 in the post.
Vermont Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin and Republican challenger Randy Brock interrupted each other and challenged the truth of each other's statements during their last television debate before Election Day.
The candidates were allowed to ask each other questions during part of Wednesday night's debate hosted by WPTZ-TV in Burlington.
Vermont's Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock says Governor Peter Shumlin is avoiding debates before groups that could be hostile to some of his positions.
Brock made the comments Tuesday after Shumlin said he wouldn't be participating in any debates this campaign season sponsored by what he calls special interest groups.
But Shumlin said he was eager to take part in "five or six" debates sponsored by news organizations after he formally announces his candidacy next week. Shumlin says he has to balance the need to debate with his need to run the state.
Governor Peter Shumlin is announcing nearly $2 million in Vermont Community Development Program grants.
Of the total, $600,000 will go toward renovation of a landmark building in the center of Morristown, the former Arthur's department store. Shumlin says that project will also create 18 units of affordable housing.
Other grants announced Friday include $325,000 to the Town of Brattleboro for a loan to Carbon Harvest, $500,000 to the Town of Ludlow and Housing Trust of Rutland County for infrastructure improvements to the Tuckerville Mobile Home Park.