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Representative Matthew Birong Jr.

Seat Number
(802) 828-2228
Mailing Address
115 State St., Montpelier, VT 05633-5301
Matt Birong of Vergennes, Addison County, Democrat, born in Burlington, Vermont and raised in the town of Essex. Representative Birong graduated from New England Culinary Institute with a degree in Culinary Arts. Over his 20-year career, he has worked in fine dining establishments in Manhattan, Boston and Burlington. Since 2007, Matt has been the Chef/Owner of 3 Squares Café, a casual eatery in Downtown Vergennes. With an eye toward locally-sourced food, Matt has worked in the Farm to Table movement for over 15 years. Supporting Vermont’s strong agricultural heritage is a major part of his culinary philosophy. Matt is also a partner in Cacao Bolsque/Rainforest Chocolates, an agricultural project on Reserva Zorzal in the Dominican Republic. This project produces high-end cacao for award-winning chocolate makers while preserving/restoring migratory bird habitat, aiding neighboring farmers with organic/sustainable farming practices, and working with the global carbon sequestration market. In 2018, Matt was the education coordinator between Middlebury College, Reserva Zorzal, and their partner organizations for an immersive study abroad program. Matt became politically active when joining Main Street Alliance of Vermont in 2014. Currently on the MSA board, Matt advocates for policies that help Vermont small businesses and the workforce that supports them. Matt was a member of the Vermont delegation to the Democratic National Convention in 2016. Also, in 2016, Matt was named a Rising Star/ 40 under 40 by Vermont Business Magazine. In 2017, Matt along with other Vergennes chefs, founded Eat on the Green, a city food and music festival that raises money for the Vergennes Opera House, the Vergennes Downtown Partnership, Bixby Public Library and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes. He is married to real estate broker Danelle Lello Birong and they have a loving dog, Luna.

Roll Call Votes by Representative Birong

Regular Session 2019-2020
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