Governor Madeleine Kunin


Portrait of Madeleine Kunin Sixty-four years after women in Vermont received the vote, Madeleine Kunin was elected the first female governor in the state’s history. This collection includes photographs and political ephemera from her years in the public eye, 1979-1999. It also includes her three inaugural gowns. See our online exhibit, When Women Lead: Governor Madeleine Kunin of Vermont, here.

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Kunin for Lieutenant Governor, 1978
Pamphlet for Madeleine Kunin's first run for lieutenant governor in 1978. In this campaign she introduced her distinctive type face and exclamation point.

Kunin announcement (Lieutenant Governor, 1980)
Photograph of Madeleine Kunin during a press conference announcing her candidacy for a second term as Lieutenant Governor

Kunin campaigns as Lieutenant Governor, 1980
Lieutenant Governor Madeleine Kunin campaigns for reelection alongside Marcelle Leahy (wife of Senator Patrick Leahy who was running for reelection) and Joan Mondale (wife of Vice President Walter Mondale who was also running for reelection) in the…