In 2010, longtime Progressive activist Anthony Pollina became the second Progressive elected to the State Senate. Anthony has over three decades of involvement in agriculture, education, energy, and healthcare organizing in the state. He is a co-founder of Rural Vermont, former director of VPIRG, former policy advisor to Bernie Sanders, and was the Progressive candidate for Governor in 2000 and 2008. In the Senate, Anthony serves on the Committee on Health and Welfare and on the Government Operations Committee. Anthony has been a key advocate on important issues such as proper funding for autism care, buying and hiring local, and economic equality.