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Dean R. Corren, American state legislator. Trustee Vermont Public Interest Research Group, since 1991; active Burlington Public Art Policy Committee, Vermont Consumers Campaign for Health.

Background

Corren, Dean R. was born on May 16, 1955 in New York City. Son of Sidney Allen and Arlene (Fried) Corren.

Education

He graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont in 1977.

Career

Professionally, he is currently Chief Technology Officer of Verdant Power, Inc. a sustainable energy company that develops underwater hydropower systems for the tidal, river, and ocean resources. In 1980, he got an MS degree in applied science from New York University where he subsequently worked as an alternative energy research scientist. He returned to Vermont in 1988 and became a member and eventually chair of the board of Commissioners of the Burlington Electric Department, a municipally owned utility.

As chair he oversaw an unprecedented $11.3 million investment in energy conservation through a special conservation bond, and negotiated the phase out of ownership and power purchases from the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Corren is an inventor and holds a dozen patents, primarily in computer and alternative energy technologies. In 1992, Corren was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives representing Burlington.

He was re-elected and served a total of four terms, until stepping down in 2000. He sponsored legislation on a wide range of issues including:Universal health care through a single-payer systemAn Eco-market imitative to create jobs through environmental protection policiesGay marriage equalityDoctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patientsEducation tax reform to replace the residential property tax with progressive income tax and non-residential property taxAfter leaving the legislature Corren went to work for then Congressman Bernie Sanders as his outreach coordinator. Corren ran unsuccessfully for Vermont Lieutenant Governor in 2014.

In June 2014, he qualified under Vermont's Public Campaign Financing law by collecting small contributions of under $50 each from over 800 Vermont voters.

Membership

Trustee Vermont Public Interest Research Group, since 1991. Active Burlington Public Art Policy Committee, Vermont Consumers Campaign for Health.

Connections

Married Karen Amirault.

father:
Sidney Allen Corren

mother:
Arlene (Fried) Corren

spouse:
Karen Amirault.