Birthdate: Sept. 28, 1912
Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Residence: Swanton, VT
Randy Brock was born in Philadelphia and has lived in Swanton, Vt., since 1986. He received a bachelor's degree from Middlebury College and a master's degree from Yale University.
He served as executive vice president of risk oversight for Fidelity Investments until his retirement in January 2003. He was previously the firm's general auditor.
Brock served as Vermont's auditor of accounts from 2005 to 2007. He lost his 2006 re-election bid to Democratic challenger Tom Salmon after initial tallies showed Brock had won. A recount, which took six weeks, reversed Brock's initial 137-vote victory and gave the race to Salmon by 102 votes. Salmon later left the Democratic Party and became a Republican.
Brock returned to politics in 2008 when he was elected to the state Senate.
He and his wife, Andrea, have one daughter.
Randy Brock, a Republican and former state auditor, decided to run for governor because he believes incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin is on the wrong track.
Brock says Vermont should adopt a pro-growth agenda and create what he calls a vibrant and creative economy. At his campaign launch he said, "I'm running for governor because I believe that this little state filled with thousands of hard-working independent strong-willed people can become an economic dynamo in New England and become the next great place to be."
He said the state faced challenges on education spending, creating new jobs and qualified workers and health care, especially in ensuring that Vermonters have access to affordable high-quality health care choices and the freedom to make their own decisions as the state moves toward implementing a public, universal health care system.
During his time in the state Senate, Brock has been an articulate advocate for business interests, working to keep taxes and regulatory burdens to a minimum.
At Brock's December 2011 campaign launch, Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott called him one of the brightest minds in the Legislature. "He's the guy I would trust to watch over my money. Particularly in these challenging times, Randy would be a strong asset to the State of Vermont," Scott said.
Campaign finance reports six weeks before the November 2012 general election showed Shumlin had raised more than $1 million, while Brock had raised $647,000, including a $300,000 loan to himself.
Source: Associated Press