Alison Clarkson was first elected to serve as a State Senator for the Windsor Senate District for 2017-18. She previously served as State Representative for Plymouth, Reading, and Woodstock from 2005-2017. In the Senate, Alison serves as Vice-Chair of the committee on Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs, and as Clerk of the Government Operations Committee. In addition, Alison serves as Vice-Chair of the Senate Sexual Harassment Panel, is a member of the Legislative Climate Caucus, and of the Women's Caucus. She also serves on the Statewide Workforce Development Board.
In 2008, Alison was recognized by the Vermont Natural Resources Council as Outstanding Vermont Legislator, and by the Vermont Farm Bureau with the Stephanie Bourdeau Women in Agriculture Leadership Award. She was named Citizen of the Year by the Woodstock Rotary in 2002. Following Tropical Storm Irene, Alison coordinated Woodstock's volunteer response to the natural disaster. She is the Chair of the Billings Park Commission, a former member of the Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Pentangle Council on the Arts, and Sustainable Woodstock. She is a member of the St. James Episcopal Church, Woodstock Garden Club, and King's Daughters. She lives in Woodstock with her husband Oliver, a professor at Vermont Law school.