Spotlight: Vermont AG TJ Donovan

Professional Background: AG Donovan was elected Chittenden County State’s Attorney in November 2006 and reelected in 2010 and 2014. The Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office is the busiest county prosecutor’s office in the State of Vermont handling over 5000 criminal cases and 300 Family Court cases.  Donovan leads a staff of 28, including, attorneys, victim advocates, and administrative assistants.  In 2010, Donovan started the Rapid Intervention Community Court (“RICC”), an award winning criminal justice program available to non-violent offenders whose crimes have been driven by addiction or mental illness.  He is co-chair for Governor Peter Shumlin’s Criminal Justice and Substance Abuse Cabinet.

Prior to being elected, Donovan was an associate in the Burlington law firm of Jarvis & Kaplan where he specialized in civil litigation and criminal defense work.  Donovan started his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, PA before returning to Vermont to work as a Deputy State’s Attorney in the office he now leads.

Education: Merrimack College & Suffolk University Law School

Personal: His wife, Jessica, is a counselor, and they have two boys. His mother, Johannah, is a retired teacher and is a representative in the Vermont General Assembly. His Father, Thomas, died in 2005.

Here is a story that was published prior to the 2018 election that provides insights into his personality and passions: A Burlington boy runs for a second term, and second chances