Representative Jean O’Sullivan brings a wide assortment of life experiences to the legislature.
If there’s anyone who knows that life is like a box of chocolates, it’s Jean. And that's not just because she sold them as the owner of a small chain of Vermont candy stores.
Jean knows firsthand what it’s like to run a small business, raise a family as a single mother, and take care of an aging parent. She knows what it’s like to fight for social justice because she helped register voters in Mississippi.
She also owned a beverage and convenience store and worked as a stockbroker at Merrill Lynch and A.G. Edwards. In 2000 she established her own financial services company, O’Sullivan Asset Management. During this period she also served as primary care giver for her mother.
Jean served three terms on the Burlington City Council; four terms as Commissioner on the Burlington Electric Commission, two terms as Vice Chair; and five terms on the Burlington Employee Retirement Board, four terms as Vice Chair. Jean has served as the Democratic Party’s Ward, City, and County Chair.
Gov. Peter Shumlin appointed Jean to the House of Representatives in 2011. Jean currently serves as Clerk on the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development and is a former member of the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.
Her earned her degree in political science from California State College at Los Angeles and has studied at the New School for Social Research in New York City and Goddard College.
She and her family have lived in Vermont since 1977. She is the mother of Calder and Abby O’Sullivan.