Legislative staff veteran named chief

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The Vermont Legislature’s legal and bill-drafting staff has a new chief.

Emily Bergquist, a veteran staff attorney with the Legislative Council, has been chosen as its chief, replacing William Russell, who is retiring after 35 years in the job.

Bergquist, of South Burlington, has worked with the Legislative Council since 1994, specializing in legislation on taxation and school finance. She had previously been a deputy commissioner and general counsel in the state Tax Department.

Bergquist graduated from Wellesley College, has a master’s degree in philosophy from Rutgers University and a law degree from the University of Michigan.

She’ll take over in her new role after the current legislative session ends.

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