Longtime state official Norris Hoyt dies at 76

Norris Hoyt, a longtime state representative from Norwich and a former tax commissioner, died Sunday at age 76.

Hoyt was born in Chicago and moved to Vermont in 1969 to become deputy commissioner in the Department of Taxes.

He was elected to the House in 1974 and served five terms before becoming tax commissioner in 1985.

Hoyt, known as Norrie, and his wife, Kathleen, were the only couple to have been married in the Vermont Statehouse, Hoyt’s obituary said. Kathleen Hoyt also served in the administrations of Govs. Madeleine Kunin and Howard Dean.

He is survived by his wife and two sons. A celebration of Hoyt’s life will be held at his home in Norwich on Sept. 14.


  1. Jocob Miller :

    From his obituary published in the Valley News.

    “He received the first American Civil Liberties Union award in Vermont for his efforts to defeat the restoration of the death penalty in the state.”


    His passionate, eloquent and well reasoned argument on the floor of the State House effectively defeated an effort to restore the death penalty in Vermont. A well deserved legacy which is not well remembered and appreciated. Thank you, Norris Hoyt.

  2. Paul Donovan :

    Sad news indeed. He was a wonderful and gentle man; we should all be more like he.



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