Randolph D. "Randy" Brock III (born September 28, 1943) is an American politician from the state of Vermont and a member of the Republican Party. He served as the Vermont Auditor of Accounts from 2005 to 2007, as a member of the Vermont Senate from 2009 to 2013 and was the Republican nominee for Governor of Vermont in 2012, losing to Democratic incumbent Peter Shumlin. He ran unopposed for the 2016 Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Vermont.
Early and personal life
Brock was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.A. from Yale University.
Brock served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Captain. He saw action in the Vietnam War, earning a Bronze Star and an Army Commendation Medal.
He is a retired executive vice president for Fidelity Investments.
He is married to Andrea Forrest Brock, and the couple have two children.
Brock was elected as Auditor in 2004, defeating Democratic incumbent Elizabeth M. Ready in her bid for re-re-election.
2006 election and recount
In the November 7, 2006 election, Brock was challenged by Democratic candidate Thomas M. Salmon, the son of former Vermont Governor Thomas P. Salmon. The initial vote tally put Brock ahead by 137 votes. However, Salmon requested a recount, and on December 21, 2006, Salmon was declared the winner by a margin of 102 votes.
In 2008 Brock was elected to the Vermont State Senate. He was re-elected in 2010.
2012 gubernatorial election
On December 7, 2011, Brock announced his candidacy for Governor of Vermont in the 2012 gubernatorial election. He received the Republican nomination unopposed and ran against incumbent Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin. Brock, however, only received 37.7% of the vote; Shumlin was easily re-elected, with 170,598 votes to Brock's 110,940.
2016 Lieutenant Governor election
Brock ran unopposed for the 2016 Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, and faced Senator David Zuckerman in the general election. He lost in the general election, receiving 139,344 votes to Zuckerman's 159,738.
Brock is a social conservative. He voted against the legalization of same-sex marriage in Vermont in 2009, holds a "dim view" of universal health care and is "less than enthusiastic" about spending on social programs.