Rick Hubbard is a native Vermonter, retired attorney and former economic consultant, now living in South Burlington where he writes and is an activist for reforming our democracy to better serve all citizens.
Rick has a BA degree from the University of Vermont, an MBA degree from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business, and a JD degree from Georgetown University Law School.
He’s a long time advocate for Democracy reform who in the 1970s helped co-organize Common Cause/Vermont and subsequently, in the early 1980s, was twice elected to the National Governing Board of Common Cause.
In 1999 and 2000 Rick, inspired by 89-year-old “Granny D’s” 18-month walk across the entire United States to highlight the need for campaign finance reform, walked with her for a week in Kentucky. Subsequently Rick walked some 450 miles around 3 sides of Vermont to similarly advocate through interviews with more than 50 radio, newspaper and television discussions and stories as they covered his journey.
He subsequently qualified across all party lines to raise these and other issues in the 2000 U.S. Senate race against Jim Jeffords.
More recently he has joined other activists to support efforts by Lawrence Lessig and The New Hampshire Rebellion to encourage NH voters to ask 2016 Presidential primary candidates the question: “What specific reforms will you advance to end the corrupting influence of big money in politics?” As part of these efforts Rick has:
- Walked the length of New Hampshire, 185 miles, in January of 2014. with other NHR supporters in memory of “Granny D’s” walk across the USA in 1999/2000 for Democracy Reform.
- Walked NH again in January of 2015, 150 miles, from Dixville Notch to Concord (NH’s Capitol) as part of 4 marches from different corners of NH to all meet at the Concord state Capital in support of Democracy Reform
From April 2nd to April 15th, 2016, Rick walked with about 100 others as part of Democracy Spring’s 140-mile march from Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell to our Capitol in Washington D.C. There the group was met by thousands of others to demand that Congress take immediate action to end the corruption of big money in politics and ensure free and fair elections in which every American has an equal voice.
As part of this action, Rick was one of over 1,200 citizens peacefully arrested on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to protest that our federal political system is not properly representing its citizens.
- Co-founder and Director – Vermont chapter of Common Cause in the mid/late-1970s.
- National Governing Board Member of Common Cause for two terms (6 years) in the early 1980s.
- Board of Directors for the Green Mountain Club, Inc. for 6 years in the early 2000s.
- Board of Directors for The Catamount Trail Association in the early/mid-2000s.
Life Partner with Sally Howe, currently living in South Burlington.
Born: December 15, 1941, Middlebury, Vermont.
- Candidate for 1964 U. S. Olympic Ski Team (in Alpine).
- Age Group Silver medalist in the 1998 U.S. Masters Cross Country Skiing Championships for the 30km and 50 km distances.
- Hiked the Long Trail twice, the Appalachian Trail once, and 1100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.
- Bicycled across America, San Diego to Vermont, in 2008.
- Bicycled in Australia, from Sydney to Adelaide, in 2010.
- Bicycled from Vermont to Alabama in 2011.
- Bicycled throughout northern Europe for 11 weeks in 2015.
- Hiked 500+ kilometers in the French Alps, from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean, in 2016