VERMONT HOUSE DEMOCRATS
Representative Robin Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs, Rutland County, Democrat. His early childhood was in New Hampshire and Vermont; the family then moved to a farm in western New York State. After a year in Scotland, he earned a BA from Hamilton College and did graduate work in Education at UMass Amherst and Castleton State College. He also earned a mediation degree from Woodbury College. Since 1991, he and his wife, Melissa, have lived in Middletown Springs where they home schooled their daughters, Jeni and Malindi.
Robin owned and operated Talisman Woodwork for 25 years, doing remodeling with a focus on energy efficiency and historical renovation. Current or previous community involvement includes the Middletown Springs Select Board, Fire Department, Building Committee, Energy Committee, founder of town newsletter, board member and an organizer of SolarFest (renewable energy and sustainable living fair, for 16 years), and environmental page columnist for Rutland Herald/Times Argus. He was a Vermont licensed educator at The Tutorial Center at Smokey House in Danby working with at-risk teens, and an adjunct faculty at Green Mountain College in the renewable Energy and Ecological Design Program (REED).
For the last few years Robin has been enjoying life as a licensed Realtor with McChesney Real Estate in Pawlet.