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Governor Peter Shumlin has named an experienced government administrator to a newly vacant state house seat representing part of the Upper Valley. Kathy Hoyt, the former chief of staff for Howard Dean and Madeleine Kunin, will replace Margaret Cheney, who resigned from the legislature to serve on the Public Service Board.
For now, Hoyt’s at home, preparing for the next challenge.
On a gorgeous fall afternoon in Norwich, in her big yellow house on a hill up a dirt road, she opened the front the door for an insistent cat.
“This coon cat was my husband’s favorite thing in the whole world,” she said.
Her husband, Norrie Hoyt, died in early August of congestive heart failure. He was 78. His wife had been caring for him for almost three years. Now Kathy Hoyt itches to be busy and useful in new ways.
“Not full time, every day work outside of government but in something else, Hoyt said. “And Peter Shumlin called and he said, “would I do it?” And so I thought about it a little bit and said, “yes I would” because I would really love to finish out my career on that side of public service.”