Sortition democracy theorist
Terry Bouricius is an internationally known political theorist with a focus on sortition – the use of random selection to form genuinely representative deliberative bodies. He was elected to the Board of Aldermen in Burlington, Vermont USA in 1981 along with Bernie Sanders as mayor. Bouricius served on the Board of Aldermen (city council) for ten years (including a term as President), and then for another decade as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives (as a Progressive). He was a founder of the Vermont Progressive Party, which has over a dozen elected officials currently serving in state offices. After leaving elective office in 2001, he worked with FairVote: The Center for Voting and Democracy as an election reform policy analyst, with a particular focus on ranked choice voting, and is currently a senior fellow with the Center. In 2015 he organized an international conference on 21st Century Democracy and sortition hosted by the Library of Alexandria in Egypt. He has published a variety of articles and book chapters about democracy and sortition. Bouricius received his political science B.A from Middlebury College in 1976. He is married with two children, living in Burlington, Vermont, USA.