On Friday, Jan. 18, Gov. Peter Shumlin named Eldred French to
replace outgoing Sen. William Carris, who is resigning his Rutland
County seat for health reasons. French is an arborist who has run
the Acorn Tree Service for nearly 40 years.
French served two terms in the Vermont House, but lost his
re-election bid last November in a district newly created through
redistricting. During his legislative tenure, he was a member of
House Judiciary Committee.
"Eldred was hardworking, energetic and well respected in the
House," said Gov. Shumlin. "He was willing to reach out and work
collaboratively with people across Rutland County. Bill Carris has
been a tremendous Senator, and I am confident that Eldred is the
right person to fill Bill's Senate seat."
French graduated from Tufts University in 1968. He and his wife
Lily have three daughters.
Carris had been representing Rutland County in the Vermont
Senate since 2006. He won re-election in November, but stepped down
because of chronic back and ankle pain.