Early in his legislative career, Mr. Janeway was chairman of the Vermont Eisenhower for President campaign and led the Vermont delegation to the Republican National Convention in 1952. From that, he was elected to serve as Republican national committeeman from Vermont, a post he held until 1972.
Mr. Janeway very early established himself as influential in the liberal Republican hierarchy in Vermont. News clippings from that period tell of his call upon then vice president Richard M. Nixon that the Republican Party disavow McCarthyism.
As a member of the natural resources committee, Mr. Janeway was an early advocate for the bottle bill, under which Vermont became the first state in the nation to ban the sale of beverages in nonreturnable containers.