Gov. Phil Scott has picked Killington golf professional David Soucy to be the newest Rutland County senator.
Soucy, the general manager and a golf pro at Killington's Green Mountain National Golf Course, replaces fellow Republican Kevin Mullin, who vacated his senate seat last month to chair the Green Mountain Care Board. He'll represent the district along with Sens. Peg Flory (R-Rutland) and Brian Collamore (R-Rutland).
Scott chose from three candidates submitted to him by Rutland County Republicans. He passed over Tom DePoy, a Rutland City alderman and former state representative; and Joshua Terenzini, a Rutland Town Selectboard member.
Soucy could not immediately be reached for comment. But in a statement released by the Scott administration, he said, "I'm honored to have been selected to serve the residents of Rutland County, and look forward to working with my fellow legislators and Governor Scott to promote economic development and address the crucial issues facing Vermonters."
The Scott administration noted in its announcement that Soucy started a "legislative golf day" in 2012 — a statehouse event meant "to develop relationships between legislators and leaders of the Vermont golf industry."
The newly appointed pol is joining the Senate at an interesting moment: On Wednesday, Soucy's second day on the job, lawmakers return to Montpelier for a veto session prompted by Scott's rejection of the state's budget and education tax bills.