About Me

Alex and Kath skiingFirst elected in November 2018, Kathleen James is a Democrat who serves on the House Education Committee. In the current 2019–2020 biennium, this bipartisan panel has considered a wide range of important issues, including literacy instruction, universal pre-K, Vermont’s aging school buildings, our education funding system, career and technical education, and much more. In May 2019, James was named to the House-Senate conference committee that delivered the final compromise version of S.40, successful legislation to get the lead out of drinking water in our schools and childcare centers.

In March 2019, just a few months into her first session, Kathleen was appointed by Speaker Mitzi Johnson to serve on the board of delegates and the legislative advisory council of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE). In this role, she has the opportunity to learn about common challenges — and innovative solutions — shared across our six-state region.

Kath 2018 is Ours RallyKathleen is also active in several caucuses. In the statehouse, caucuses provide an important opportunity to work across party lines on shared priorities. She’s on the leadership team of the Vermont Legislative Climate Solutions Caucus, a founding member of the new Tourism and Social Equity caucuses, and an active member of the Rural Economic Development Working Group.

When she’s not busy working for her constituents, Kathleen is the editor of Skiing History, a bimonthly magazine about the history of the sport. Until her 2018 election to the Vermont General Assembly, she also served as the full-time executive director of the nonprofit International Skiing History Association.

Raised in Nebraska, Kathleen earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She worked as a Capitol Hill reporter for Roll Call, a reporter-researcher for TIME, and a senior editor for Snow Country before settling in Manchester, Vermont in 1996. She has since worked as director of admissions at Southern Vermont College, editor-in-chief of Vermont Magazine, and communications director at The BOMA Project.

Kathleen has served on the boards of Manchester Elementary Middle School (MEMS), Zion Preschool and the Northshire Community Foundation. She was an early board member of Friends of MEMS, which raised money for enrichment programs that went above and beyond the taxpayer-funded budget. She also served as a board member of the Manchester School Fund.

Kathleen is past chair of the Town of Manchester Democrats and a Class of 2018 graduate of Emerge Vermont, a statewide nonprofit that trains women Democrats to run for public office.

Kathleen’s wife, Alexandra Heintz, is the patient safety officer at Southwestern
Vermont Health Care. Her older daughter lives in Chicago and her younger daughter is a college freshman; both girls graduated from MEMS and Burr and Burton Academy. She is an avid cross-country skier and founder of the women’s vocal group SoFar.


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P.O. Box 1044 | Manchester Center VT 05255