(AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
NORWICH, Vt. (AP) — Norris "Norrie" Hoyt, a former state representative who served in top offices in the administrations of both Republican and Democratic Vermont governors for almost three decades, has died. He was 76.
Hoyt died Sunday at his home in Norwich. The cause of death was not released.
Hoyt was educated in Massachusetts, and came to Vermont in 1969 to serve as deputy tax commissioner in the administration of Republican Gov. Deane Davis.
"As legal counsel to the governor, tax commissioner and commissioner of liquor control over his many years in state government, Norrie relied on humor and common sense to fix problems. He could give you bad news, and you'd walk away smiling," said Gov. Peter Shumlin.
Hoyt then served as legal counsel to Democratic Gov. Thomas Salmon in 1973 and 1974. He then ran for the Legislature from Norwich, serving as a Democrat in the House from 1975-1983. Hoyt was chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
In 1983 he returned to the Tax Department as deputy commissioner and then served as tax commissioner 1985-1991.
In 1992 Hoyt became commissioner of liquor control, overseeing the state's liquor sales monopoly. He held that position until 1998 when he retired from public life.
He is survived by his wife Kathy Hoyt, who also served in Vermont state government, and two sons.
A celebration of Hoyt's life will be held at his home in Norwich on Sept. 14, 2013.
Copyright © 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.