Representative Seth B. Bongartz of Manchester is a democrat representing Bennington-4 in the Vermont House. His election in 2020 marks his third stint in the legislature, having served in the House from 1981 – 1985 and the Senate from 1987 – 1989, when he did not seek re-election because of the pending birth of a child. An attorney, he spent eleven years practicing law until taking the job as President of Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home in Manchester, which he and his dedicated staff transformed from a house museum to a 412-acre, world-class cultural heritage site. He retired at the end of 2019 after 18 years. He is currently a principal in the consulting firm of Gubb & Bongartz, which focuses on helping Vermont non-profits reach their full potential. He served for 19 years on the board of Burr and Burton Academy, his final 15 as Chair. He is a founder and current Chair of the Manchester Community Land Trust. He has served for 18 years on the board, and is the current Chair, of the National Development Council, a nationwide non-profit with the mission of bringing economic opportunity to all.