State official goes public in search of kidney

Burlington Free Press | April Burbank

Photo: Glenn Russell

“I’m not just waiting around,” Con Hogan says after announcing transplant need"

PLAINFIELD – Con Hogan has lived decades in Vermont's public eye, but something shifted this month when he opened up his private life for a life-changing request.

Hogan needs a kidney transplant, and he's asking for help.

Hogan, 74, is a familiar face in Vermont government, having served as corrections commissioner in the late 1970s and secretary of human services for eight years under Gov. Howard Dean. He ran for governor as an independent candidate in 2002.

Today he serves on the Green Mountain Care Board, where he oversees Vermont's health care system. He has been experiencing serious symptoms from Type 2 diabetes for nearly his whole tenure on the board.

“If somebody asked me what was going on, I’d tell them,” Hogan said at his home last week as a dialysis machine hummed in the corner of his living room. “But it was more of a private thing with me.”