Representative Mollie Sullivan Burke, Democrat of Brattleboro, Windham County, grew up in Buffalo, NY, and on the Niagara River in Canada, the eldest in a family of eleven children.
She was a competitive figure skater in childhood, received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, and did graduate study at the London School of Economics.
She later embarked on a career in the arts, receiving a Master of Fine Arts from Goddard College.
Burke has been active in the Brattleboro community as an artist and teacher of both art and figure skating. She is founder and director of Art in the Neighborhood, an organization that provides tuition-free art classes to children in low-income housing communities. She also teaches in a number of Vermont schools with the Vermont Arts Council artist-in-residence program.
Burke is a Brattleboro Town Meeting representative and a member of the Brattleboro Coalition for Active Transportation. She was elected to the House in 2008 and has served since then on the Transportation Committee. She is also Chair of the House Sexual Harassment Prevention Panel and active in the Climate Solutions Caucus and the Women's Caucus. She and her husband have three grown children and five grandchildren.