copyright the Chronicle August 20, 2014
Jim Jeffords died Tuesday at age 80 after a lifetime of public service. He was a Republican until the party moved away from his core Vermont values. In 2001 he became an Independent. His decision shifted the power in the U.S. Senate to Democrats when much of the Republican Party had veered off into extremism.
Vermonters who appreciated his decision put bumper stickers on their cars: “Thanks, Jim.”