- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and his longtime partner, Katie Hunt, are now married.

The governor’s office says Shumlin and Hunt, an artist and landscape gardener, held a small ceremony Tuesday evening at their home in East Montpelier.

Shumlin took office in 2011 and doesn’t plan to run for re-election in 2016. In 2013, Shumlin announced that he and his first wife were divorcing.

After Shumlin leaves office in early 2017, he and his wife plan to make their home in southern Vermont, where they both grew up. In a statement, the 59-year-old governor and his 31-year-old bride say they “are so fortunate to have such a beautiful partnership.”

The governor’s sister-in-law Evie Lovett performed the ceremony. The governor’s two adult daughters, Olivia and Becca, and his brother, Jeff Shumlin, also attended.

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