Sunday, October 1, 2006

Conflict of Interest

The below are bios of Connecticut State Legislators on the Judiciary Committee. Who they are, who they are associated with, and where their loyalties lie should alarm the informed who what honest representation for their taxation.

Those who profit most, should not decide how, where, and we the people have to spend our tax money. Those who most want to dominate for the cause of the most elite, for international corporate, and banker interests can't, and won't represent the average person. It is time to expose this US nationwide scam.

This page was actually posted February 19, 2012.
-stevengerickson At Yahoo Dot Com

Michael Nowacki of New Canaan Conneticut, John Dibiase Jr. of the Divorced Mens Association in Meriden, Monica Fore, Ken Krajewski, and others testify in front of Connecticut Judiciary Committee Legislators in video [click here]

Chris Kennedy exposes Rockville Connecticut GA #19 Superior Court Judge Jonathan J. Kaplan for judicial misconduct [in video here]

The 1970's Peter Reilly case best exposes Connecticut State Police Brutality and Judicial Misconduct being problems with a long history:

The Rich Murzin family saga. Connecticut State Police can kidnap people out of their homes, torture them at HQ, torture and beat them, choke them out to death and then revive them. Police informants can be paid taxpayer dollars, in cash, to beat up, set up, and/or kill citizens who make police brutality or judicial misconduct complaints:

Steven G. Erickson, Connecticut State Police Brutality and Judicial Misconduct cases:
[my beef and mugshot, click here] (Mailing: PO Box Eight Seven Four Brattleboro, VT 05302)

Useful links:

Connecticut Irish, Italian, and Jewish Mafia, along with the KKK, grandchildren of these people now watch their kids play soccer together at the same schools:


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Government Goon Unions?



[click here] for a who is who in corrupt former Governor M. Jodi Rell's administration.

Connecticut Governor not running next election

Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell out relaxing. Is there a smoking gun in the Rell administration? Click here for pictures and more.


Coleman, Eric D., Deputy President Pro Tempore, Democrat CT State Senator, Lawyer Private Practice
Coleman is a graduate of Pomfret School, Columbia University, and the University of Connecticut School of Law.
District: Hartford, Bloomfield, Windsor
Served since January 1995, State Rep 1983 to 1994
Eric D. Coleman
101 Oak St.,

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wife, Pamela. They have three children: Trevonn, Lamar and Erica, and three grandchildren: Jalen, Isaiah and Elias.

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146 - Fox, Gerald M. Co-Chair D
In 2011, Representative Fox was named House Chair of the Judiciary Committee, district Stamford

4 terms on judiciary committee 8 years?

Lawyer, Fox & Fox
Gerry was raised in Stamford and educated in Stamford public schools. He is a graduate of Westhill High School, Providence College and the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he received his law degree. Gerry has practiced law for nineteen years and is a partner with the Stamford law firm of Fox & Fox.
Previously, Gerry has been elected to the Stamford Board of Finance (1999-2003), where he held the positions of Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chair of the Audit committee. From 1995-1999 Gerry represented the Shippan area of Stamford on the Board of Representatives, where he served as a co-chair of the Land Use Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.
His wife, Kathleen, is a life-long Stamford resident and a teacher in the Stamford public schools. They live on Fairview Avenue with their two children.

S09 - Doyle, Paul R. Vice Chair D
Senator Representing Cromwell, Middletown, Newington, Rocky Hill & Wethersfield

In his 3rd senate term, 12+ years
Lawyer firm of Heneghan, Kennedy, & Doyle, LLC in Rocky Hill.

Senator Doyle holds a B.A. in History from Colby College and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford. Senator Doyle also attended University College Galway, in Galway, Ireland, and the University of Notre Dame Law School in London, England.
Senator Doyle lives in Wethersfield with his wife Diana, and has practiced law with several Connecticut firms. He is currently a partner in the firm of Heneghan, Kennedy, & Doyle, LLC in Rocky Hill.
Doyle was born in Hartford and received a B.A. in History from Colby College and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut. Prior to being elected in the Connecticut Senate, Doyle served on the Wethersfield Town Council and as a Connecticut State Representative. In 2006, he ran for the Connecticut Senate, but lost.

In 2003 Representative Holder-Winfield entered Southern Connecticut State University and graduated three years later in 2006 with a bachelor of science in political science. He currently works for the Connecticut State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors.
Originally from Bronx, New York, Representative Holder-Winfield credits his experience of growing up in a tough environment, his father succumbing to drugs and watching his mother struggle as a single mother as the source of his passion for social justice. Representative Holder-Winfield is married to the woman whom he considers the greatest treasure in his life, Natalie. He says marrying her is the best decision he has ever made.

094 - Holder-Winfield, Gary A. Vice Chair D
Representative, New Haven District since 2008, Not a lawyer

In 2003 Representative Holder-Winfield entered Southern Connecticut State University and graduated three years later in 2006 with a bachelor of science in political science. He currently works for the Connecticut State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors.
Originally from Bronx, New York, Representative Holder-Winfield credits his experience of growing up in a tough environment, his father succumbing to drugs and watching his mother struggle as a single mother as the source of his passion for social justice. Representative Holder-Winfield is married to the woman whom he considers the greatest treasure in his life, Natalie. He says marrying her is the best decision he has ever made.

S07 - Kissel, John A. Ranking Member R
18 plus years as
Senator serving East Granby, Enfield, Somers, Suffield, Windsor Locks and portions of Granby and Windsor
Kissel has worked as an attorney for Fallon, Barbieri and Gilcreast, Practicing Consultants. He is also a former Adjunct Professor at Bay Path College. He is currently a Corporate Attorney for Northeast Utilities
In 2007, Senator Kissel became only the 14th individual since 1986 to receive the RisCassi-Koskoff Civil Justice Award from the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association for his work promoting civil justice throughout Connecticut. Senator Kissel has also been named Legislator of the Year by both the Connecticut Assisted Living Association and the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association. He was also named an Outstanding Supporter of Healthcare by the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians as well as the Connecticut Dermatological Society.
In addition to his political and professional affiliations, Senator Kissel is also a member of numerous civic organizations, including Enfield’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society. He is a current member of the Enfield Republican Town Committee and a past president of the Greater Enfield Lawyers Association and a past member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s House of Delegates.
In 1991, he won the Connecticut Outstanding Young Citizen Award presented by The Connecticut Jaycees and WVIT Channel 30. In 1992, he received the Connecticut Jaycees C. William Brownfield Memorial Award given to the outstanding first-year Jaycee in Connecticut.
Senator Kissel lives in Enfield with his wife, Cynthia, and their sons, Nathaniel and Tristan.

125 - Hetherington, John W. Ranking Member R
Represents New Canaan and Wilton since 2002
Lawyer, of counsel to Rucci, Burnham, Carta and Carello of New Canaan
Until 2002, Rep. Hetherington served as vice president and secretary of MeadWestvaco Corporation, a major public company manufacturing packaging, paper and specialty chemicals, where he focused on corporate governance issues. He is the author of numerous articles published in professional journals.
Prior to that he was a litigation associate with the law firm of Dickerson & Reilly in New York from 1965 to 1967 and as an attorney with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 1964 to 1965.
He is a graduate of Yale Law School with a J.D. degree in 1963 and from Yale College with a B.A. degree in 1960.
In his home community of New Canaan, he served as chair of the town’s Board of Assessment Appeals from 2000 to 2003, and was a councilman from 1989 to 1997. Earlier he was a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.
Rep. Hetherington is the former director of United Way of New Canaan. He also has provided pro-bono volunteer legal services and served as Attorney Trial Referee and Fact Finder/Arbitrator for the Connecticut Superior Court.
In addition, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission appointed him during 1981 and 1982 to its Advisory Committee on Shareholder Communications.
Rep. Hetherington retired from the Naval Reserve as a captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and served as unit commander while in the reserves.
He and Hope, his wife, have two children, a daughter, Jane, and a son, Kells.

103 - Adinolfi, Al Member R
Representing Cheshire, Wallingford, and Hampden
9 plus years as Representative
Not a lawyer

As a member of the legislature’s Vetrans’ Affairs Committee, Representative Adinolfi has worked consistently on behalf of members of the armed forces. In 2006 he was awarded the “Legislator of the Year” award from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Legion. Prior to this award, Adinolfi was awarded both the “Lifetime Achievement Award,” and the “Above and Beyond” award by the by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense organization, for his efforts in support of members of the National Guard, Reserves, and veterans. He served as Ranking Member on the legislature’s Select Committee on Aging for the 2007-09 term.
Adinolfi is a member of the Ancient and Accepted Free Masons, Temple Lodge #16, and is a Past Master of his lodge. He is also involved with the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and the Sphinx Shriners.
Al is a retired manager at DNE Technologies, a Wallingford based corporation, where he worked for 32 years.
A dedicated member of the Cheshire Republican Town Committee for over 26 years, Al Adinolfi resides in Cheshire with is Wife Lillian. They have two daughters and six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
099 - Albis, James M. Member D
New, serving East Haven as Reprsentative
Prior to being elected State Representative, James worked as the Community Development Coordinator for the Town of East Haven, serving as administrator of the Town’s Housing Rehabilitation Program. The Program gives interest-free loans to low- and moderate-income families to renovate their homes. James also handled other grant-funded programs, such as the Summer Youth Employment Program, and fielded complaints related to the Town’s anti-blight ordinance.
James has worked in the East Haven community in a variety of ways over the years, including serving as an instructor with the Yellowjacket Marching Band, giving private music lessons, interning at the East Haven Probate Court, substitute teaching at EHHS, and tutoring homebound students. He has also worked for Yale University’s Office of Development as a Human Resources Assistant. James has served as a member of the East Haven Democratic Town Committee, and currently serves as Vice President of the Greater New Haven Chapter of Connecticut Young Democrats.
James’s family has long been involved in the East Haven community. His grandfather, Dr. Francis Albis, practiced pediatrics in town for decades, caring for many of East Haven’s families over his long career as well as serving as the medical advisor to the local public school system. James’s father, the Hon. Michael A. Albis, conducts his law practice in Dr. Albis’s old office on Edward Street and also served as East Haven’s Judge of Probate for twelve years. James’s mother, Jacqueline Albis, is an English teacher at EHHS and a former member of the East Haven Board of Education.
James’s brother Mark is a graduate of Yale University and currently works as a Web Project Manager at the Yale University School of Medicine. His sister, Katherine, is a fellow graduate of New York University and recently received her Masters Degree in the Humanities from the University of Chicago.

015 - Baram, David A. Member D
Representing Bloomfield, Windsor 3 years plus
New, not a lawyer, but affiliated

• Member, Clayman, Tapper & Baram, L.L.C., consisting of seven lawyers, located at 3 Regency Drive, Bloomfield, CT, 06002. (
• Primary areas of practice include: Commercial and residential real estate, family law, municipal and zoning law, zoning appeals, commercial transactions and business entities, employment law, administrative and agency law. Assists Managing Partner with office administration
• Admitted to the Connecticut practice of law in October 1978
• Avvo Rating 9.1 – Superb (
• Connecticut Super Lawyer Designation 2010 (
• Married to Paula Wagner Baram
• Two children: Daniel Baram (27) and Matthew Baram (23)
• Residence: 5 Warbler Circle, Bloomfield, CT 06002
• Telephone: Home – 243-3041; Work – 242-5555
• E-mail: Homel –, Work -
Public and Elective Offices:
• State Representative, 15th District (Bloomfield/Windsor), March 2009 - present. Serving on the Judiciary, Banking, and Select Children's Committees. (
• Chairman, Bloomfield Democratic Town Committee, 2006 – present
• Commission Chairman, Bloomfield Center Fire District, 2005 – present
• Mayor, Town of Bloomfield, 1983-1989
• Deputy Mayor, Town of Bloomfield, 1981-1983
• Chairman, Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG), 1988-1989
• Member, CT. Commission on Environmental Quality (CEQ), 1992-1995
• Member, Connecticut-Israel Exchange Commission (CONNIX), 1992- 2005
• Justice of the Peace, 1983- present.
Awards, Articles, and Recognition's:
• Connecticut General Assembly Recognition Citation, 1983
• Connecticut Jaycees Outstanding Young Citizen's Award, 1983
• Beth Hillel Synagogue Brother of the Year Award, 1986
• University of Hartford Public Service Recognition as Mayor, 1987
• Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) Regional Leadership Awards, 1987 and 1990
• Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce Award, 1990
• CIGNA's "David Baram Scholarship" to a Bloomfield High School Student, 1990
• Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce "Oliver Filley Award", 1995
• Solomon Schechter Day School Recognition, 2001 (Building Committee Chairman for its $9.5 million expansion & renovation)
• Authored an article for the UCONN Institute of Public Service on "Selection of a Town Manager", 1985
• Authored an article for The Hartford Courant's special magazine edition "Essays on Israel's Future – Passage The Next Fifty Years", 1998
• Bloomfield Chamber "Member of the Year", 2003
• Israel Bonds Recipient and Honoree, 2006
• Co-Authored Op. Ed. for Hartford Courant on: Possible UConn Health Center Merger with Veterans Hospital, 2009

073 - Berger, Jeffrey J. Member D
State Rep, Waterbury, need to find for how long.
Not a lawyer, but affiliated with a questionable union, a spider web behind almost all police, judicial workers, and public employees. Film promotion activities might also be to promote propaganda. A retired police officer has loyalty to the courts and to Executive Branch, a perceived conflict of interest.

At the Capitol:
State Capitol, Room 110
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
(860) 240-8500 | 1-800-842-1902

Jeffrey J. Berger grew up in Waterbury, Connecticut with his father Joseph M. Berger, mother Phyllis Gualtieiri Berger and brother Mitchell M. Berger. Jeff attended both public and private schools graduating from John F. Kennedy High School and Millbrook Prep in Millbrook, New York. Jeff continued his education with undergraduate work at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1978 with a double major: BS - Social Studies, and BA - Psychology and received Secondary Teaching certification. Jeff continued his post-graduate work at the University of New Haven with graduate credits toward his MBA. Jeff is a former middle school teacher and coach. Jeff is retired from the Waterbury Police Department after 20 years of service.
Jeff has a strong record of involvement in the community. He is a member of the Advisory Council North District Board of Education, Police Mutual Aid Society, Fraternal Order of ELKS BPO 265, past member Local #1237; CT Council of Police AFSCME, and a member of the Western Hills Golf and Social Club.
Rep. Berger has also led the charge for redevelopment and design of Bunker Hill Park, The Ray Snyder Sr. Field at Municipal Stadium, Kaynor Technical School. Jeff is an ardent supporter of Brownfields re-mediation and development to fully utilize the space of the many closed and abandoned warehouses and factories in the city. He has been instrumental in working to increase and expand the film industry in Connecticut, increasing investments and movie production by over 200% since 2005.
Jeff has co-sponsored and introduced proposed legislation regarding car tax reform for large municipalities, background checks for caregivers dealing with the mentally challenged, and a DNA database of samples taken from convicted felons.
Jeff's accomplishments and awards include Waterbury Police Department Medal of Excellence, Level IV Medal, I Ribbon with Star, 14 Departmental Commendations, FBI Swat training, and Century-21 multi-million dollar sales associate.
Currently, Jeff is a sales associate with Century-21 Realty serving in that capacity for 26 years. Rep. Berger is serving his sixth term in the Connecticut General Assembly. He is House Chair of the Commerce Committee and serves on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding; and Judiciary Committees.
Jeff, his wife Noreen, and sons Christopher and Connor reside in the Bunker Hill section of Waterbury. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact his office.

S05 - Bye, Beth Member D
State Senator representing Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington & West Hartford
for 2 years
Not a lawyer

Beth was named “Legislator of the Year” in 2009 and 2011 by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance. She has been named one of a dozen “Environmental Champions” by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters. Even before she was elected to the General Assembly, Beth was recognized for her outstanding community work. The National Council of Jewish Women presented Beth with its “Women Who Dare Award” in 2002. Beth was named one of Connecticut Magazine’s “30 Young People of Influence”.

Beth received her BA and MA in child development from the University of New Hampshire, and she is widely recognized as one of the state’s leading authorities on early childhood education. Beth has been a program director at Capitol Region Education Council, Saint Joseph College and Trinity College, and she had a role in the development of five model preschool facilities in the past 10 years serving a combined 750 children.
Beth has coached soccer, softball and basketball in West Hartford and is an active member of the West Hartford Unitarian Universalist Church. She also served as vice chair of the West Hartford Board of Education for five years.
Beth lives in West Hartford Center with her two daughters, Brittany and Caroline, and two step sons, Peter and Adam. She married longtime Conard High School teacher Tracey Wilson in 2008. Beth grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and has five sisters, one brother and 24 nieces and nephews. She and her family enjoy tennis, skiing, the beach, and entertaining friends and family.

032 - Carpino, Christie M. Member R
Representative Cromwell, Middletown, and Portland for 2 years
• Attorney, State Representative at Connecticut
• Pro Bono Attorney at Connecticut Statewide Legal Services
• Trial Attorney II at Law Offices of James M. Pickett (MetLife)
• Attorney at Law Offices of Robert M. Brennan

Christie Carpino is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She also holds a law degree from Northeastern University. Christie split her childhood between Long Island and New Hampshire. Christie had the opportunity to spend time in Connecticut during college and law school, and knew she had found her home. She moved to Connecticut in 2000, and later moved to Cromwell with her husband, Joe, in 2003. As a trial attorney, she advocates on behalf of her clients at all stages of the litigation process. Christie also volunteers regularly with the Legal Services School Expulsion Project and has done so since 2007, assisting low-income families who face the complex and emotional world of school expulsions.
In November 2010, Residents of the 32nd General Assembly District elected Christie to her first term in the state’s House of Representatives.
Christie is happily married to her husband, Joe Artioli. She has an active toddler and teenage stepson. In her free time, Christie enjoys spending time with family and volunteering with the Special Olympics.
Christie’s community service includes:
Vice-Chairperson of the Cromwell Republican Town Committee
Former Member of the Cromwell Board of Assessment Appeals
Former Vice-Chairperson of the Cromwell Zoning Board of Appeals
Connecticut Legal Services Pro Bono Attorney
Special Olympics: Coach, Unified Partner, Penguin Plunge and Regional Games Committee Member, Law Enforcement Torch Run Volunteer, and Global Messenger Speech Coach

124 - Clemons, Charles D. Member D
Bridgeport Representative since 2003
Not a Lawyer, but plenty of litigation experience in courts all the way to Supreme Court
At the Capitol:
Legislative Office Building, Room 4051
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
(860) 240-8585 | 1-800-842-8267

State Representative Charles "Don" Clemons, Jr. was born and attended elementary school in Bridgeport. As a result of a student recruitment campaign initiated by the Diocese of the City of Bridgeport, Don passed an entrance exam and was able to attend Notre Dame High School in the affluent suburb of Fairfield in 1966.
During his four years at Notre Dame he endured many cruel acts of racism; however, his experiences taught him to be a more tolerant person. He was accepted into Florida A&M College in 1970, and then went to Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport. Don, who was very active in sports, was offered a contract with the Atlanta Braves in 1972, but turned it down to concentrate on basketball and ultimately football. In 1976, he got invited to an agency camp for the Washington Redskins football team.
At the same time, he was taking the tests for the Bridgeport Fire, Police and State Police Department. As a result of the format and the fact that the test contained nothing they had studied, Don joined in a class action lawsuit against the City of Bridgeport for discriminatory practices in their testing and hiring.
An influential person and the reason Don Clemons wanted to become a firefighter was his uncle who became the first Black fireman in Bridgeport. He took the test for the police department in 1936 and scored in the top position, but was never offered a job as policeman. He instead was offered a fireman’s position two years later which he accepted. He served for 30 years in the fire department before retiring as Lieutenant in 1968.
As the years pressed on and it became more and more apparent Bridgeport was going to lose the lawsuit, they began to trickle minority candidates into the Fire Department. Don joined the fire department in April 1981. In July, 1984, the Supreme Court ruled that the City of Bridgeport was discriminatory in their hiring practices and ordered the City to hire those minorities that took the test in 1975 with credit and benefits retroactive to the date they took the test.
Don served as a firefighter for the City of Bridgeport and retired in 1999 after ascending to the rank of Provisional Lieutenant. Don became a City Council member in 2000 in a special election. He served on the Council for the remainder of the term and was elected to another two-year term. While on the Council, Rep. Clemons championed legislation to give residency preference to those individuals that pass any civil service competitive entry level exam. Upon passing the test, they are awarded 10 percent of their final score.
Don successfully ran for State Representative in May 2003 and has concentrated efforts on the improvement of education. He is a staunch supporter of Charter Schools and has worked to appropriate funds for building and development of the schools. He helped to acquire funding for a new charter school, Park City Prep, which begins operation in September 2006. He founded a program called “Hockey in the Hood” – a five-year physical education program starting in the fourth grade which involves the Board of Education and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers American Hockey League. Members of the hockey league teach young boys and girls the art of skating with the goal of teaching them to play hockey by the time they become high school freshmen. The program has been well-received by the community.
Don was elected by his colleagues to Chair the Black and Latino Caucus. The Caucus is comprised of the Black and Latino legislators and works on issues of mutual import.
He is also an advocate of economic development, working with the Steel point project developers to insure and increase minority and women participation in contracts and sub-contracts associated with the project. He spearheaded a senior residential complex called Hall Commons and is pushing to increase the affordable housing stock.

092 - Dillon, Patricia A. Member D
New Haven Representative since 1985

Representative Patricia Dillon has served the 92nd House District of New Haven since 1985. Rep. Dillon is an Assistant Majority Whip of the Connecticut House of Representatives and serves on the Appropriations, Judiciary, and Higher Education committees. She is chair of the legislative subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee.
Pat came to government from a background of community activism. She was a community organizer in Appalachia and in New Haven and is a founder of programs for battered women. As the first director of New Haven's shelter she developed programs in Connecticut dealing with family violence.
After serving on New Haven's Board of Aldermen and chairing its budget committee, she brought her fiscal experience to the General Assembly and has worked on both sides of the budget - revenue and spending. She has served as Deputy Majority Leader, chair of the Public Health Committee, chair of the Screening Committee, and chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Hospitals.
Pat authored programs for crime victims, disease prevention, screening of newborns for life threatening conditions, universal child immunization, school-based health clinics, community health centers, and lead poisoning prevention. She co-wrote legislation creating needle exchange programs to prevent AIDS and breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment for uninsured women. She wrote uncompensated care law and initiated state regulation of for-profit takeovers of non-profit hospitals. She has shaped much of Connecticut's AIDS policy, family violence policy, injury prevention, addiction and mental health policy, and has been a consistent, effective advocate for the disabled. Pat has been honored many times for pioneering work such as setting up the first WIC produce nutrition program, AIDS pharmacy programs, and addiction treatment for pregnant women. She established an injury prevention program and a system for identifying injury in our emergency rooms. She co-authored Connecticut's HUSKY plan for children to cover the mental health needs of children. Most recently she has targeted health for working artists and for military families. She established an initiative for mental health needs of National Guard and reserve families, and to screen our soldiers for exposure to toxins, both of which are national models.
Pat graduated from St. Mary's High School, Marymount College, Ohio State University, and Yale University. Her Yale thesis on AIDS was published, contributing to "Blood Feuds" published by Oxford Press. She collects rare books, grows roses, and is an organic gardener. Pat, her husband Dr. Jack Hughes and their son Patrick live in the Westville section of New Haven.
Honored by:
• CT Public Health Association, Legislator of the Year
• CT Dental Society, Legislator of the Year
• CT Anti-Hunger Coalition, Legislator of the Year
• CT Coalition for Children, Legislator of the Year
• CT Association of Human Services, Legislator of the Year
• CT Association of Substance Abuse Agencies, Legislator of the Year
• CT NOW, Susan B. Anthony Award
• Women’s Health Services, Legislator of the Year
• YWCA, Women in Leadership Award
• Region II Mental Health Providers, Legislator of the Year
• CT Association of Halfway Houses, Legislator of the Year
• CT Ambulance Association, Legislator of the Year
• Project M.O.R.E. Inc., Legislator of the Year
• Maternal/Child Health Care, Legislator of the Year
• CT United Way; NEHCEU District 1199, Legislator of the Year
• HealthFirst, Legislator of the Year
• CT Association of Non-Profits (CARF), Legislator of the Year
• Association of Retarded Citizens Legislator of the Year.

044 - Flexer, Mae M. Member D
Representative for Killingly, Sterling, and Plainfield
Not a lawyer
Legislative Office Building, Room 4111
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
(860) 240-8585 | 1-800-842-8267

State Representative Mae Flexer was first elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in 2008 to represent the 44th Assembly District of Killingly, Plainfield and Sterling. Mae won re-election in 2010 and is now serving her second term in the House.
Mae was appointed to serve as Chair of the legislature’s Internship Committee by Speaker of the House Christopher G. Donovan at the end of 2010. Mae also serves as a member of the Human Services, Judiciary, and Planning & Development committees.
Mae has been one of the state legislature’s strongest proponents for issues surrounding family and domestic violence. In her first term at the legislature, she was appointed to serve as Chair of the Speaker’s Task Force on Domestic Violence, a bipartisan group of legislators charged with formulating Connecticut’s response to family and domestic violence matters.
Last year, Mae led the fight to enact the state’s most sweeping changes to its domestic violence statutes in almost 25 years. The new laws include an electronic monitoring pilot program for high-risk domestic violence offenders, improved enforcement of protective orders, funding for 24/7 staffing at domestic violence shelters, and better information sharing in family violence cases among state agencies.
In 2010, she led the state legislature in approving a new law ensuring that the driver’s licenses of members of the military will not expire while they are on active duty and stationed out-of-state.
Protecting the character of our community is a top priority for Mae, and in 2009 she fought for legislation providing economic aid to save Connecticut's last remaining dairy farms. She has also made it easier for farmers to sell products directly to consumers, restaurants and other businesses, and championed legislation that encourages economic development by expediting the timeline for the processing of municipal land use permit applications.
Mae was awarded the Community Provider Award by United Services, Inc. in 2010 for her efforts to change laws affecting family and domestic violence. Last year she also received the Children’s Champion Award from the Northeast CT School Readiness Council. Mae was also the recipient of the Chris Murphy Award from the Connecticut Young Democrats.
Mae has lived in Killingly for almost her entire life and began her public advocacy at an early age, jumping into town budget battles while still in high school. Her interest in her community led her to serve in a variety of roles with several local groups, including the Killingly Charter Revision Commission, the Killingly Education Needs Assessment Committee, the Killingly Tercentennial Committee, the Access Agency Board of Directors, and as a member of the Board of Directors for Northeast Communities Against Substance Abuse (NECASA).
An alumnus of Killingly High School, Mae earned a degree from Quinebaug Valley Community College, and then went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut.

090 - Fritz, Mary G. Member D
Representing Cheshire and Wallingford since 1982
Not a lawyer

State Representative Mary G. Fritz was first elected in November 1982 to represent the 90th District in the Connecticut House of Representatives. The 90th District includes Cheshire and Wallingford. She currently serves as Assistant Deputy Speaker. Rep. Fritz is a member of the Planning & Development Committee, the Judiciary Committee and the Legislative Management Committee. Mary has also served as Deputy Speaker, Deputy Majority Leader, Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Chair of the Internship Committee, Chair of the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Public Health Committee. She is a past member of the Education Committee and the Select Committee on Workforce Development.
Representative Fritz earned her B.A. from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA, in 1959 and performed graduate work at Boston College, Trinity College and Fairfield University.
Prior to her election to the General Assembly, she served as a member of the Wallingford Board of Education, was a teacher and owner of a private nursery for nine years and was a Manager and Co-Owner of a custom furniture and gift store in Wallingford.
Representative Fritz has been a leading force in the General Assembly fighting for legislation affecting health care, job training, education, crime control, youth services, senior citizen care, and fair taxation.
She guided landmark Managed Care Reform legislation through the General Assembly and wrote the Comprehensive Job Training legislation that gives people skills and training to get a job and climb the economic ladder. Additionally, she co-chaired the Task Force on Medical Malpractice, which finally passed the legislature in 2005 after three years of work.
Through her legislative initiatives, Representative Fritz:
• Removed the statute of limitations on perjury in murder cases and other serious crimes.
• Established a GPS monitoring program for domestic violence offenders.
• Secured land for the North Farms Volunteer Fire Department.
• Created a special economic zone in Cheshire in the event the town loses a major defense plant.
• $42 million needed to complete the school renovation project.
• $1 million for Sheehan H.S. turf for field and track -- for community use.
• Passed legislation to force the plantings by Northeast Utilities in the rights of way of the 345 KV lines.
• Secured $1 million for the Wallingford Water Treatment Plant.
• Brought Spruce Glen Back To Wallingfor.
• Completed Many Road Construction Projects Eliminating Wallingford Bottlenecks.
• Saved The Agricultural Experiment Station.
• Protected Open Space By Protecting Agriculture.
• Sponsored Discharge Planning For One-Day Surgery for Medicare Clients.
• $35,000 for Driving Simulator at Gaylord.
• Established Credits for High School Graduation.
• Voted “No” – Income Tax.
• Saved Birth-To-Three Program.
• Secured $65,000—Elderly Health Screening.
• Supported 48-Hour Maternity Stay.
• Developed Anti-Crime Package.
• $1,000 Property Tax Exemption For Volunteer Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics And Ambulance Drivers.
• Established Advisory Council For Developmental Disabilities.
• Created License Plate for Veterans.
• Provided Insurance Coverage for Ostomy Supplies.
• Wrote/Passed Legislation To Implement Workforce Investment Act.
• Initiated Statewide Cell Phone Donation Project For Battered Women.
• Stopped Cuts In State Education Funding.
• Eagerly Supported Legislation That Provided School Accountability, School Readiness Programs, Magnet And Charter Schools, Technology Wiring For Schools, Increased ECS Funding, Tuition Freezes At Our State Universities and Colleges, Financial AidVocational-Technical Schools Included In School Construction Grants.
• Wrote Connecticut Job Training Legislation.
• Over $400,000 for Senior Centers in both towns.
• Wrote Civics Education Bill.
• Developed PILOT for Gaylord Hospital.
Representative Fritz is a former two-term President of the Connecticut Order of Women Legislators and was twice elected a Regional Director of the National Order of Women Legislators. She is also an Ex-officio Member of the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission.
Representative Fritz continues to be active in community service as a member of the following:
• Heritage Quilters.
• Cheshire Grange.
• Member of the Board of Governors for Mid-State Medical Center.
Representative Fritz has been recognized for her legislative and public service work having been honored with the following awards:
• 2009 Legislator of the Year: American Heart Association, because of her work on AED's
• Gamma Sigma National Service Sorority Volunteer of Distinction Award
• Cheshire Chamber of Commerce Award for Special Support of the Cheshire Community.
• Substance Abuse Coalition of Cheshire Award For Volunteerism & Commitment To Cheshire Residents On Behalf Of Alcohol/Other Drug Prevention Awareness.
• CT Police Chiefs Association Certificate of Appreciation For Outstanding Efforts To Improve Public Safety Through Legislative Initiatives.
• State Fireman’s Association Legislator Award.
• Wallingford Business & Professional Women’s Club Woman of the Year.
• Twice Named Connecticut State Farm Bureau Legislator of the Year
• New Haven County Farm Bureau Gold Star Award.
• Connecticut Friend of Floristry Award.
• Honorary State FFA Degree—National FFA Organization
• Cheshire Democratic Women's Club Civic Pride Award
Married to William Fritz, she has six children and fourteen delightful grandchildren.

S06 - Gerratana, Terry B. Member D

State Senator Representing Berlin, Farmington & New Britain
Not a lawyer, new

Senator Theresa “Terry” Bielinski Gerratana was elected in a special election on February 22, 2011, to represent the citizens of New Britain, Berlin and Farmington.
Practical, down-to-earth and dedicated to bettering the lives of others, Terry’s roots in Connecticut’s 6th Senatorial District run deep. A lifelong resident, Terry has been involved in her community as a concerned citizen, a volunteer, an organizer, an activist and a legislator for more than two decades. In her first term in the state Senate, she will serve as co-chair of the Public Health Committee and the Select Committee on Children.
Terry first served in the Connecticut General Assembly as a member of the state House of Representatives for ten years, from 1993 to 2003. During her time in House, Terry distinguished herself from the rank-and-file as a thoughtful leader while serving as co-chair of the Human Services Committee.

Terry was instrumental in passing children’s health care legislation as well as managed care and mental health reform. She worked to create a breast and cervical cancer early detection and treatment referral program, to require health insurance plans to provide 48-hour inpatient care for mothers and infants after normal child delivery and to create a work incentives program for people with disabilities.
Terry’s commitment to social change and the betterment of people in the 6th District and across the state of Connecticut has been recognized by many groups, including the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, the ARC of Connecticut, the Connecticut Association of Social Workers and the Connecticut Medical Society.
Dedicated to “good government,” Terry served as a commissioner of the State Elections Enforcement Commission from 2007 to 2010, where she worked directly on implementation of the state’s Clean Elections Program. She is also a former Ethics Commissioner for the city of New Britain, a position she held from 1990 to 1993.
In addition, Terry has been president of the League of Women Voters for the New Britain area and president of the Junior League of Greater New Britain. She has deep roots with area organizations, including New Britain General Hospital (now the Hospital of Central Connecticut), the Klingberg Family Center, the New Britain-Berlin YMCA, the New Britain Library board, the New Britain YWCA and several local arts organizations.
Terry received her Bachelor of Science at Central Connecticut State University and is certified as a secondary school teacher. A mother and grandmother, Terry and her husband, Dr. Frank Gerratana, reside in New Britain.

110 - Godfrey, Bob Member D
Danbury Representative for 25 years.
Lawyer on his own

Bob Godfrey serves as the state representative of the General Assembly’s 110th District in Danbury. Now in his 12th term in the House of Representatives, he has a leadership role as Deputy Speaker and is a member of the Judiciary, Government, Administration & Elections, and Legislative Management Committees.
Godfrey serves in a national leadership role as chairman of the influential Council of State Governments (CSG), a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing state officials in all three branches of state government. Prior to this role, he served as co-chairman of CSG’s Eastern Regional Conference in 2005.
Since his first election in 1988, he has been recognized as a state leader for legislation to protect children and families at home and in school, and to ensure that state government is both transparent and accessible. He is particularly proud of:
• 1990’s Kids and Guns Act for which he was named Champion of Children by the Connecticut Coalition for Children;
• 1993’s Assault Weapons Ban for which he was named Legislator of the Year by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association;
• 1994’s Firearms Crimes and Sales Act for which he was recognized by the Connecticut Coalition Against Gun Violence;
• 1996’s constitutional amendment guaranteeing protections for victims of crime;
• Initiating the General Assembly’s open and public Internet accessibility, and the Connecticut Television Network (CT-N).
• His personal advocacy for working families for which the Connecticut AFL-CIO recognized him as Outstanding Legislator of 2000;
• 2003’s Safe Schools Act to improve indoor air quality in schools through the removal of toxic materials and organisms;
• His commitment to increase public access to government and the legislature for which the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission presented him with its 2003 distinguished Service Award;
• 2006’s Distinguished Legislator Award from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education for his efforts to provide quality public education.
• 2008’s special recognition from the military veterans of western Connecticut for his long advocacy for his comrades-in-arms; and
• 2009’s Probate Court Reform which will make these courts more effective and efficient while maintaining their user-friendliness.
• His advocacy of pre-school education, for which he was named Champion of Children in 2009 and 2010 by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance
• To see a more complete list of honors and awards, click here.
In addition to his legislative duties, he annually sponsors and participates in the YMCA’s Youth and Government program, which brings high school students to the Capitol to simulate state government. He serves on the Board of Directors of AIDS Project Greater Danbury.
Bob was born in Danbury in 1948 and has lived there all his life. He attended St. Peter’s School and Immaculate High School in Danbury. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law. He is an attorney. In the past, Bob managed the family pet shop, served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and was an executive with the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce. Prior to his election to the House in 1988, he served for five years on Danbury’s Common Council.

S23 - Gomes, Edwin A. Member D
Senator representing Stratford and Bridgeport since 2005
Not a lawyer but affiliated with unions
Ed Gomes was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1936, the second child among seven brothers and two sisters. Ed himself has been blessed with six children, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. His family moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1944 where he attended Bridgeport public schools.
Ed enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1958 and was stationed in Fort Belvoir, Virginia for his first two years. At that time, Virginia was a segregated state and Ed experienced life under racial segregation when he was off the military base. He was stationed in Korea from 1961 to 1962 and served the balance of his enlistment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. Ed was honorably discharged in October 1963.
While stationed at Walter Reed, Ed was part of the historic March for Jobs and Freedom held in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. The architect of the March was A. Philip Randolph, founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters union and a civil rights leader since the early 1900’s. The main organizer of the march was Bayard Rustin, a master civil rights strategist. The March for Jobs and Freedom as well as Randolph and Rustin had a profound impact of shaping Ed Gomes’ life and work.

In November 1963, Ed began working as a laborer then as an annealer at Carpenter Steel in Bridgeport. He immediately got active in his local union (United Steelworkers of America Local 2215) and was named shop steward within six months and grievance person within one year. He eventually ran for office in Local 2215, elected recording secretary and then president.
In July 1977, Ed left Carpenter Steel to become an International Representative for District 1 of the United Steelworkers of America (USWA), comprised of all the New England states. He was also named the USWA District 1 civil rights coordinator. Soon after, he worked closely with A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin and Norman Hill, executive director of the A. Philip Randolph Institute. Ed also became involved with the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.
Ed was elected to serve on the Bridgeport City Council in 1983 where he served until 1989. He fought for well-paying jobs, good schools, strong neighborhoods, and seniors, just as he does today. Ed revived the Bridgeport Black Democratic Club and had that club join the Connecticut Federation of Black Democratic Clubs. He was elected as a vice president and member of the Connecticut AFL-CIO Executive Board.
In 1991, Ed was part of a group of Bridgeport civil rights activists who filed a federal lawsuit challenging the racial inequity of Bridgeport’s City Council districts. The legal team was headed by John Brittain, a UConn law professor and lead counsel on the Hartford school desegregation case Sheff v. O’Neill. Ed testified before Federal District Judge Peter Dorsey, and the case was won in 1993.
Ed retired from the United Steelworkers of America in February 1998. He was elected once more to the Bridgeport City Council in 1999 and served until 2005. Recently Ed has served as chair of the School Building Committee, starting the construction of the first new schools (five in total) Bridgeport has seen in the last quarter-century. Ed is also a founding member of Education First and Bridgeport First.
In May 2002, Ed Joined forces with Brennan Center for Justice, the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, and Common Cause Connecticut to successfully challenge Connecticut’s discriminatory delegate primary system. Once again, Ed testified before Judge Dorsey and proved to be a most compelling witness in shaping Judge Dorsey’s decision to overturn the delegate primary system and pave the way for our open primary system. Ed later joined the Board of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group.
Ed was first elected to serve as state Senator from the 23rd Senatorial District in a special election on November 14, 2005, and was overwhelmingly re-elected in November 2010. In Hartford, Ed will continue his lifelong fight for social and economic justice for all.

003 - Gonzalez, Minnie Member D
Representing Hartford since 1996
Not a lawyer but has worked in the courts
At the Capitol:
Legislative Office Building, Room 4039
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
(860) 240-8585 | 1-800-842-8267

Representative Minnie Gonzalez was born in Adjuntas Puerto Rico in a family of 7 siblings. Her parents, particularly her mother Virginia, were a big influence in her passion for people, relationships and resolution to assist underprivileged citizens.
She graduated from Adjuntas High School and then got married and is mother to two sons and a daughter. As many of us, looking to improve her family conditions and after the American dream, Minnie migrated to the United States in 1981. As a single mother she endured many adversities as a woman and as a minority.
Soon she continued her mother's model and began to get involved helping others to improve their lives, being active in politics and in the community for many years. When she takes up an issue, Minnie is tireless working feverously with no rest until she finds a solution.
In her eyes "she never intended to be a politician" but her community and political partners saw her natural skills and elected her as a Town Committee Member in 1986 and as a Legislator for the 3rd district in 1996.
Her passion is representing those who cannot represent themselves. Minnie has worked many different campaigns throughout her political involvement. She is a member of the Appropriations, Judiciary and Public Safety Committees.
As a State Representative, she has brought millions of dollars to improve the quality of life of our children and families, mainly in the areas of education, housing and youth services. Ms. Gonzalez worked as a Special Deputy Sheriff in the West Hartford Superior Court for many years, as well as serving as Assistant Registrar of Voters, before running for State Representative

129 - Grogins, Auden Member D
State Representative serving Bridgeport since 2003
Lawyer, sole practitioner
At the Capitol:
Legislative Office Building, Room 4024
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
(860) 240-8585 | 1-800-842-8267

Auden Grogins serves as the state representative of the General Assembly’s 129th District in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Now in her second term in the House of Representatives, she is Vice Chair of Planning and Development and serves on the Education and Judiciary Committees.
Auden was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and has lived in the Black Rock neighborhood since 1988. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in December, 1985 from the State University of New York at F.I.T. and received her Juris Doctor Degree in May, 1989 from the University of Bridgeport Law School, now known as Quinnipiac Law School.
Auden Grogins was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in December, 1989 and the United States District Court of Connecticut in March, 1990. Auden has practiced civil and criminal litigation in both the state and federal courts for more than 19 years.
She was first elected to the Bridgeport City Council in November, 1991 and served in this capacity continuously from November, 1991 to November, 2003. In 2003, Auden was elected to the Bridgeport Board of Education and served on the Board from December, 2003 to December, 2004. Auden was elected as president of the Board in November, 2005 and served as president until the end of her term, November 2007.

039 - Hewett, Ernest Member D
Serving New London
Not a Lawyer
At the Capitol:
Legislative Office Building, Room 4040
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
(860) 240-8585 | 1-800-842-8267

State Representative Ernest Hewett is a native of a small town in North Carolina called Cedar Grove. He moved to New London, Connecticut in 1974. He started working at General Dynamics Electric Boat Division where he was employed as a first class welder. He continued to work there for 20 straight years, before being laid off in 1994. Very concerned about what the future had in store for him, with a wife and 3 small children to raise, he knew he had to make some tough choices. He then applied for a Home Improvement License and did his first job out of the trunk of his car.
Two years after being laid off from his job at the Electric Boat, he decided to get involved in local politics. Following this decision, he was elected to a seat on the New London City Council where he chaired such committees as Public Welfare, Public Safety, Public Works and the Economic Development Committee. He served as a Deputy Mayor and in 1999, he was sworn in as New London’s 115th mayor and the fourth African-American mayor in New London’s history. He served in that capacity for three full terms. He lost his election to a fourth term by 54 votes.
Ready to retire from politics for good, he took a year off until there was an open seat in the 39th State House District, which serves the City of New London in the State House of Representatives. He decided to throw his hat in the ring. He was unable to secure a nomination from his party, so he decided to primary the endorsed candidate. In the party primary, he defeated his opponent by the 2 to 1 margin.
In the general election, he prevailed over the Republican candidate by even a wider margin. In the Connecticut General Assembly, he has served as a member and treasurer for the Black and Latino Caucus. He was also a vice-chairman of the Appropriations Committee; he chaired the Appropriations’ Transportation Subcommittee as well as the Subcommittee on Collective Bargaining.
During this term, he serves as a member of the General Assembly’s Appropriations, Judiciary, Labor and Public Employees as well as the Legislative Management Committees. He was also appointed as a Deputy Majority Leader of the State House of Representatives.
Rep. Ernest Hewett is also a member of the National Black Caucus of State Legislatures, where he is a chairman of District 1, which covers Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Connecticut. Rep. Ernest Hewett is also a member of other organizations including the New London Chapter of NAACP, Jeptha Lodge No. 11, the Elks Lodge No. 360, the New London Development Corporation, as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Connecticut. He is also a member the Democratic Town Committee. In addition, he is also a president of the Town Hill Neighborhood Group.
Rep. Hewett is a 32 Degree Master Mason. Mr. Hewett is married to Patricia B. Hewett. They have been married for 30 years and have 3 children: Jasmine (25), Jessica (20) and Fredric (19).

112 - Hovey, DebraLee Member R
Representing Monroe and Newtown for 12 years

State Representative DebraLee Hovey is a conscientious legislator who takes pride in her commitment to constituent service, her role as a voice for the towns of Monroe and Newtown at the State Capitol and her work on behalf of policies that encourage economic growth and job creation in Connecticut. She was elected to her fifth term in November 2010.
Rep. Hovey is employed as an educational consultant, balancing her practice with public office. Recognizing her leadership qualities and record of achievements, House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero, R-142nd District, appointed Rep. Hovey as an Assistant Minority Leader for the 2009-10 and 2011-12 legislative sessions. In this role, Rep. Hovey helps formulate Caucus’ positions and policy.
She also serves as Ranking Member (House Republican Leader) of the Legislature’s Select Committee on Children. In addition, Rep. Hovey serves as a member of the Appropriations Committee and Judiciary Committee-two of the Legislature’s busiest committees. In fact, according to a 2006 report from the non-partisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR), the top-ranked committees in activity the previous year were: (1) Judiciary, (2) Appropriations, (3) Environment, (3) Energy and Technology and (4) Labor and Public Employees.
In 2007, Governor M. Jodi Rell appointed Representative Hovey to the state’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJACA). In addition, she has been appointed to serve concurrently as Connecticut ’s representative to the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ). The state JJAC is a Governor-appointed committee that oversees federal funding for youth development programs under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act in Connecticut. JJAC was established under this federal legislation in 1974 and advises the Governor and the Office of Policy and Management on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention issues.
The FACJJ is a consultative body composed of appointed representatives of the nation’s State Advisory Groups that advises the President and Congress on matters related to juvenile justice and evaluates the progress and accomplishments of juvenile justice activities and projects.
Rep. Hovey is currently on the Board of the national Women in Government organization, where she has also held several leadership positions. Women In Government is a national non-profit, bi-partisan organization of women state legislators providing leadership opportunities, networking, expert forums, and educational resources to address and resolve complex public policy issues. It was founded in 1988 for elected women in state government and provides a neutral platform for bringing women policymakers together to share information and seek solutions to timely issues before federal, state and local governments.
The Girl Scouts of the Housatonic Council Inc. named Representative Hovey a 2007 Woman of Distinction. The honor recognizes women who serve their community and provide positive role models for girls.
As an active member of the Fairfield County legislative delegation, Representative Hovey played a major role in securing additional funding for the purchase of more railcars for Metro North.
Representative Hovey formerly served as a member of the state Advisory Council for Special Education and the Milford Rape Crisis Center ’s Board of Directors. She now serves on the Newtown Bridle Lands Alliance.
She also serves as state co-chair for the American Legislative Exchange Alliance (ALEC).
She is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Council for Exceptional Children, the Association of Educational and Psychological Consultants and the Endangered Lands Coalition.
She was the co-founder of CECDLD in New Hampshire and is listed in the Who’s Who Registry of Rising Young Americans. Representative Hovey, who was born in Houlton , Maine, was active in politics and civic groups in the state for several years.
She was the vice chairperson and chief negotiator for the Freeport School Board and a member of the Board of Directors of the Preble Street Resource Center for the Homeless. She also was active with the Junior League of Portland, Maine and Junior League of Fairfield County.
Rep. Hovey, an accomplished equestrian, is married to Paul J. Balsano, a Bridgeport firefighter. They have a blended family with her son Christopher, and his daughters Ashley and Jessica.

114 - Klarides, Themis Member R
Lawyer, law firm of Klarides & Kaplan in Orange.
Representing Woodbridge, Derby, and Orange for 14 years
State Representative Themis Klarides is currently serving her seventh term in the General Assembly representing the 114th Assembly District – the towns of Woodbridge, Orange and Derby. House Republican Leader, Rep. Lawrence Cafero, Jr., appointed Rep. Klarides as Deputy Republican Leader for the first time in 2007. Since then, as Deputy Leader, she continues to be an outspoken leader of the Republican Caucus in issues regarding the state’s financial situation, job creation, education and many others. She also serves on the legislature’s Appropriations, Judiciary, Executive and Legislative Nominations, and Legislative Management Committees and was formerly the Ranking Member of the Insurance and Real Estate Committees. During her first term in office, Rep.Klarides was the leading proponent of legislation enacted to protect personal privacy by making “voyeurism” a crime in Connecticut.
A native of Seymour, Themis Klarides was raised around a family supermarket business that helped teach her the value of hard work and the rewards of community involvement. Her commitment to these values is exemplified through her years of community service with various municipal, state and regional groups. She is a former member of the Planning and Zoning Commission in Derby, and a former member of the Board of Finance in Seymour.
As a member of the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Advisory Board of Fairfield County Safe Kids, Rep. Klarides is committed to improving education for all of Connecticut’s children. She actively mentors elementary students through the Derby School Special Friends Program and is a volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. In January 2005, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Greater Valley Boys and Girls Club. In 2010, Rep. Klarides was given the annual “Champion of Youth” award by the Connecticut Coalition of Boys & Girls Clubs. She also received the 2010 “Children’s Champion” award given annually by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance honoring community leaders and elected officials who show a strong commitment to early childhood issues.
She is a corporator with the Birmingham Group and a volunteer with The Umbrella Domestic Violence Group, working to assist victims of domestic violence and providing volunteer legal assistance to women and children at the shelter for victims of domestic violence. She is a member of the National Foundation of Women’s Legislators’ Family Building Subcommittee focusing on women’s infertility issues.
Rep. Klarides serves on the Executive Board of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and received their GLADD Award (Government Leaders Against Drunk Driving) in 2001, 2002, and 2003 for her efforts in passing legislation aimed at tightening restrictions against drunk driving offenders. She was also honored by the CT Coalition to Stop Underage Drinking in 2002 and 2003 for her efforts to make the social hosting of parties where alcohol is served to minors illegal, and those responsible for them, accountable.
The American Lung Association honored Representative Klarides with the 2003 Breath of Life Award for her work on anti-smoking legislation, and the 2003 Legislative Achievement Award from the Americans with Disabilities Coalition for her work combating discrimination against, and empowering disabled Americans. She is also an active board member of Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition’s “Women End The Course of AIDS Now” or “WE CAN.” In 2006, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of Griffin Health Services in 2006, and is a member of the Residency Advisory Committee of Griffin Hospital in Derby. She is an outspoken advocate for first responders and public safety personnel including firefighters, police, and emergency medical technicians believing that the people who, every day lay their lives on the line for our safety deserve the best the state has to offer. In April of 2007, Representative Klarides was appointed co-chair of the State Fire Services Caucus and Institute in Connecticut, under the Joint Council of Connecticut Fire Services Organizations.
In addition to her other legislative responsibilities, the House Minority Leader appointed Klarides to serve on the Connecticut-Israel Exchange Commission (CONNIX), which is established under the Connecticut General Statutes to promote and expand economic, scientific, educational, technological, commercial, industrial and cultural cooperation and exchange between the State of Connecticut and the State of Israel.
Representative Klarides was chosen to be an official delegate to the New York City Republican National Convention in 2004.
Themis Klarides is a graduate of Trinity College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and later graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law. As a practicing lawyer in the State of Connecticut and in the United States District Court for Connecticut, Rep. Klarides is a partner in the law firm of Klarides & Kaplan in Orange.

131 - Labriola, David K. Member R
Representing Naugatuck, Oxford, and Southbury since 2002
Lawyer, firm Labriola & Labriola, LLC

State Representative David K. Labriola is a respected leader at the Connecticut General Assembly who takes pride in his record of service to the people of Oxford, Naugatuck and Southbury.
Recognizing Representative Labriola for the leadership skills he demonstrated as the House Ranking Member (Republican Leader) on the General Assembly’s Education Committee (2005 – 2006), House Republican Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, appointed him as an Assistant Republican Leader for the 2007 – 2010 legislative sessions and as Republican Whip for 2011-2012.
Representative Labriola serves on the General Assembly’s Transportation, Government Administration and Elections, and Judiciary committees. He is a former member of the Regulation Review Committee.
Representative Labriola was elected to his first term representing the 131st Assembly District, which includes Oxford and sections of Naugatuck and Southbury, on November 5, 2002. He was reelected in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010.
Born in 1960, David Labriola is a Naugatuck native. He attended public elementary schools, the Hillside Middle School and was a 1978 Naugatuck High School graduate.
Representative Labriola graduated from Yale University in 1982. He was elected Vice-Chairman of the Yale College Republicans and was a member of the tennis team. During his college years, he campaigned on behalf of his father, Dr. Gerald Labriola, who was elected to the state Senate.
Representative Labriola graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1985. While attending law school, he worked as an investigator at the State of Connecticut Victim’s Services Commission, assisting victims of crime.
Representative Labriola served as the political director of his father’s gubernatorial campaign in 1985-86. In 1986, he served as a temporary assistant clerk at the Waterbury Superior Court. From 1988 to 1990, Representative Labriola was an associate attorney at the Law Offices of N. Warren Hess in Naugatuck.
From 1990 to 1993, Representative Labriola operated a solo law practice in Naugatuck. He served as a Naugatuck Police Commissioner from 1991 to 1993. In 1993, he and his brother, Attorney Gerald Labriola, Jr., formed the law firm of Labriola and Labriola, LLC in Naugatuck. David Labriola was appointed Naugatuck Borough Attorney in 1995, for a two-year term.
Representative Labriola has always been active in his community. He is a past member of the Naugatuck Exchange Club and the Attorney’s Committee of the United Way. He has been recognized for pro bono service by the Connecticut Bar Association and the
Waterbury Bar Association. He currently serves on the Naugatuck Economic Development Corporation.
Representative Labriola is a former Naugatuck Republican Town Committee chairman, a position he held from 1988 to 1991. During his tenure, John Letts, the first Republican Mayor of Naugatuck in sixteen years, was elected. Representative Labriola also served as vice-chairman of the Naugatuck Republican Town Committee from 1998 to 2002.
Representative Labriola lives with his wife Kim, Molly (13) and Ian (10) in Oxford. David’s son Nick is a prosecutor and lives with his wife Andrea and their son Quincy in Kentucky.

024 - Lopes, Rick Member D
Not a lawyer
Respresenting New Britain and Newington 2012
At the Capitol:
Legislative Office Building, Room 4014
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
(860) 240-8585 | 1-800-842-8267

Rick Lopes was elected to represent New Britain’s 24th Assembly district in 2012. Prior to that, in 1994, he served as a community organizer in the Broad Street neighborhood. Starting as the staff for the Broad Street Collaborative, a group of residents and business owners, Rick was instrumental in transforming the Broad Street group into the state’s first Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ).
After the successful organizing career, Rick went on to a position as a housing coordinator at the Middletown Chapter of the American Red Cross and then as a vocational counselor at the Chrysalis Center in Hartford, an agency offering employment support to adults with mental illness. Rick also worked at the State Capitol from 2003-2011 as the legislative aide for Sen. Don DeFronzo who chaired the Government Administration and Elections Committee and the Transportation Committee. Rick has worked the past ten months as project manager for the Department of Administrative Services.
Since 1993, Rick has run a small property management and maintenance business that operates in West Hartford, New Britain and Hartford.
Rick has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UConn. In addition, he has a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) from UConn.
Rick began his political career by running his own successful campaign for New Britain City Council in 2003 (while an MSW student at UConn).

S24 - McLachlan, Michael A. Member R
State Senator serving Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Sherman
State Senator Michael McLachlan (R-24) is serving his second term in the Connecticut State Senate. He represents the 24th District communities of Danbury, Bethel, New Fairfield and Sherman.
Senator McLachlan is ranking member on the General Assembly’s Government Administration & Elections Committee. He also sits on three other committees: Judiciary, Legislative Management and Transportation.
Prior to being elected to the Senate, Senator McLachlan served as Chief of Staff for Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton. Senator McLachlan began working for Mayor Boughton following his election in 2001. As chief of staff, Senator McLachlan spearheaded efforts to provide housing for veterans. Senator McLachlan also serves on the Danbury Housing Partnership and chairs the Veteran’s Housing Committee that launched the “Housing for Heroes” program in 2008. The program provides shelter, transitional housing and a path to a permanent home.
Before transitioning to city government, Senator McLachlan had a successful career in financial services including automotive fleet, mortgage banking and small business lending. He was named Vice President at First Union National Bank where he was responsible for equipment leasing in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.
A Danbury native, Senator McLachlan has a long history of community service and involvement. In 1998, the Danbury Jaycees honored him with the Distinguished Service Award. Kiwanis International presented him the Distinguished President Award in 2001 following his term as leader of the Kiwanis Club of Danbury.
Senator McLachlan has also spent years working closely with the Catholic Church in Connecticut. In a 2010 ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, Senator McLachlan was made a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem by Archbishop Timothy Dolan. In 2009, Senator McLachlan led the opposition to proposed legislation that threatened religious freedoms. The proposal would have reorganized the Catholic Church in Connecticut by removing bishops and pastors from management decisions. In 2005, Bishop William Lori presented Senator McLachlan with the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Saint Augustine Medal of Service Award for his work at Saint Peter Church where he serves as a parish trustee. He formerly served as chair of the Saint Peter School Advisory Board.
Senator McLachlan has been a strong advocate for limited government and for strict adherence to the state’s constitutional spending cap. He was presented with the “2010 Children’s Champion” award by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance. He was also honored in 2010 by the Connecticut Police Chiefs’ Association for his efforts to enhance law enforcement in Connecticut.
Senator McLachlan served as chairman of the 1995 Special Olympics World Games Host Town Committee that welcomed Team Lebanon to Danbury for ten days during the competition. A member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Senator McLachlan has volunteered for the annual Greater Danbury Irish Festival since it began eleven years ago. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, Senator McLachlan was active in the renovations of the John Cardinal Neuman Center at Western Connecticut State University, chaired the scholarship program and assisted fundraising efforts for Special Olympics and Danbury’s Catholic schools. He serves as a trustee of the Danbury Museum & Historical Society and is working on new efforts to preserve historic buildings in Danbury.
Senator McLachlan also has an impressive record of work for the Republican party, working in local politics since the age of 10. He served as a volunteer on many campaigns including those of Congressman Ron Sarasin, Jack Thompson, Marty Rader, Governor Thomas Meskill, President Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and Governor Jodi Rell.
A former chairman of the Danbury Republican Town Committee, campaign manager and advisor to many Republican officials, Senator McLachlan has cultivated a reputation as a devoted public servant. The Danbury Republican Town Committee awarded Senator McLachlan the J. Thayer Bowman Service Award in 2000.
Senator McLachlan and his wife Alesia live in Danbury.

S12 - Meyer, Edward Member D
State Senator representing Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison & North Branford

Recently elected to his third term as a Connecticut State Senator, Senator Meyer is no stranger to legislative and legal issues. Senator Meyer brings with him to Hartford a wealth of experience in the public sector, which he will put to good use as he serves in the Connecticut General Assembly.
After receiving both his Bachelor’s degree and a law degree from Yale University, in 1964 Senator Meyer was appointed by then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to a post as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice. Senator Meyer stayed with the Justice Department until 1968, contributing to the department’s efforts by investigating and prosecuting organized crime.
His legal career well under way, in 1970 Senator Meyer was elected to the New York State Assembly, where he served for four years as the representative for his Westchester County district. While in the state legislature, Senator Meyer authored 48 bills that later became law.

Senator Meyer also served on the New York State Board of Regents for 23 years, where he was a strong proponent of higher education standards from the public education system at a time when crusading for such reforms was not a common position to hold
Since moving to Guilford, Senator Meyer has served on the town’s Economic Development Commission. His commitment to the arts is reflected in his service on the Board of Trustees of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.
Senator Meyer was born in New York City and raised on Long Island. In addition to his studies at Yale, he also spent a year on scholarship at Cambridge University. Senator Meyer is married to Patty Ann Reese, a former professional tennis player and one of the founding members of the Virginia Slims Tour. Senator Meyer met his wife at Wimbledon while she was competing and he was representing Jimmy Connors.
Senator Meyer and his wife have six children: Dan is a minister in Illinois; Lisa, a campaign professional, lives in New Fairfield; Jeff, a law professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law, lives in Stony Creek; Tory is a pediatric surgeon living in Texas; Tim is an attorney for the United States Department of State; and Andrew, a graduate of Cornell University, recently devoted a year to teaching English to students in China. In addition to their five sons and one daughter, the Meyers also have 12 grandchildren and a Golden Retriever, “Mo.”
Since making their home in Guilford, the Meyers have been active in the First Congregational Church, and find time to enjoy the beautiful shoreline and idyllic New England Charm that attracted them to Guilford in the first place.

140 - Morris, Bruce V. Member D
At the Capitol:
Legislative Office Building, Room 4030
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
(860) 240-8585 | 1-800-842-8267

Norwalk Representative

State Representative Bruce Morris is serving his third term in the Connecticut General Assembly. He was appointed assistant majority whip and vice chair of the Human Services Committee in his third term after serving as assistant majority leader during his second term. Additionally, Rep. Morris has served as the House chairman of the Task Force on Fatherless.
Morris currently serves as an elected executive board member of the National Caucus of Black State Legislators.
Currently, he is the director of human relations for Norwalk Public Schools and serves as an associate minister of Macedonia Church in Norwalk.
Morris is a member of Norwalk NAACP, Macedonia AIDS Ministry and Cornerstone Community Development Corporation. He is former chairperson of the board of directors for Norwalk Community Health Center, former chair of Public Services Division of United Way of Norwalk and Wilton, former president of the Norwalk Clergy Association and board member of George Washington Carver Center;
Morris formerly served as vice president of the Connecticut Chapter of National Association of Minority Contractors. This involvement came about because he was the founder and owner of the largest black-owned electrical company in the state.
Rep. Morris has also been affiliated with: Community Prevention Task Force; Mid Fairfield Substance Abuse Coalition; Norwalk Weed and Seed Steering Committee; Norwalk Housing Authority Work Study Academy; Norwalk Clergy Association and Norwalk Urban Youth Coalition.
Rep. Morris resides in Norwalk with his wife Gail and children.
Morris has received numerous awards and acknowledgements of public service over many years from numerous groups, including:
• Omega Psi Phi - 2008 Citizen of the Year
• Parent Leadership Training Institute - 2008 Leadership Service Award
• United Way
• Dental Hygienists - 2010 Legislative Award
• Connecticut Public Housing Network
• NAACP - 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut
Updated 12-09-11

046 - Olson-Riley, Melissa M. Member D

Norwich Representative
At the Capitol:
Legislative Office Building, Room 4025
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
(860) 240-8585 | 1-800-842-8267

Melissa Riley is a Deputy Majority Leader for the Connecticut House Democrats. She represents the 46th House District in Norwich.
Melissa Riley and her husband, Emmett Riley, live in Norwich on the Yantic River. She received her undergraduate degree in Economics from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Melissa is a Partner at the law firm of Embry & Neusner in Groton.
In 2004, Melissa was selected as a Fellow for the Flemming Leadership Institute, a prestigious program sponsored by the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA), which consists of a diverse, bipartisan group of 30 legislators in their first or second terms in office who have demonstrated superior leadership ability, dedication to public service, and a commitment to use government to implement practical policy solutions.
Melissa was also one of a select group of state government leaders named to the Council of State Governments' Eastern Leadership Academy inaugural class in 2005. The program, presented by the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government, focused on developing the next generation of leaders by bringing together scholars and officials from all three branches of government to analyze policies and programs.
As part of her commitment to expanding access to affordable, high quality health care to all Connecticut’s residents, Melissa is a member of the Council of State Governments’ Health Policy Steering Committee.
Melissa has been a mentor in the Big Brother / Big Sister program, a volunteer at Second Chance Animal Sanctuary and is currently a member of the Advisory council of the Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut and a Corporator for the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich.

069 - O'Neill, Arthur J. Member R
Roxbury, Southbury, Bridgewater, and Washington

State Representative Arthur J. O’Neill’s experience and understanding of the unique history, traditions, and values of the towns of Southbury, Bridgewater, Roxbury, and Washington have made him an especially effective advocate for the citizens of the 69th Assembly District.
Representative O’Neill has a long record of service to the 69th District. He was first elected to the state House of Representatives in a 1988 special election. He was most recently re-elected on November 4, 2008.
Because he strives to maintain a close relationship with citizens, local elected officials, and community organizations throughout the 69th District, Representative O’Neill has always been able to quickly identify local issues, problems and concerns that can be addressed at the state level through grants or legislation.
Recent state grants for 69th District towns include:
• $445,000 for Roxbury for the renovation of Judds Bridge over the Shepaug River.
• $300,000 for Washington for the renovation of the town beach at Lake Waramaug, including the installation of new bathrooms, storage areas, a handicapped ramp and a boat garage.
• $220,000 for Regional District 15 to help finance construction of a new concession stand and restroom facilities at Pomperaug High School’s Edward Arum Athletic Field.
• $445,101 for the resurfacing of Route 67 in Southbury from Route 172 to Route 6.
• $98,000 to help the Southbury Land Trust Inc. purchase an easement for more than 18.5 acres of open space in Southbury.
In addition, Representative O’Neill has taken the lead on several issues of state and national significance, including the ‘Money Follows the Person Law,’ which he authored in response to a federal pilot program. The law enables people who need long-term health care to receive it at home rather than at nursing homes.
Representative O’Neill was re-appointed as the House Ranking Member (Republican Leader) on the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee for the 2009-2010 legislative sessions by House Republican Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk. He also was re-appointed to the Appropriations and Regulations Review committees. He is an Assistant House Republican Leader.
During his previous terms, Representative O’Neill served on the Finance, Revenue & Bonding, Legislative Management, Energy & Technology, and Government Administration & Elections committees.
He is a past Chairman of the Regulations Review Committee, and was the House Ranking Member on the budget-writing Appropriations Committee (2005-2007).
In February of 2001, Representative O’Neill was appointed to the Reapportionment Committee, the panel charged with reapportioning and redistricting congressional and state legislative districts.
When the committee was unable to reach agreement on how to implement the required elimination of one of the state’s congressional districts by the Constitutional deadline, a Reapportionment Commission was created in November 2001, to which Representative O’Neill was appointed by then-Governor John G. Rowland.
The commission completed its historic work of reducing the number of Congressional districts on December 21, 2001, just hours ahead of the deadline imposed by the state Supreme Court.
From 1993 until 2004, Representative O’Neill served as both member and chairman of the Connecticut Law Revision Commission. He was actively involved in several studies conducted by the Commission, including a comprehensive review of Connecticut’s drug laws. He was instrumental in the panel’s successful effort to repeal hundreds of obsolete laws in 2002 – the only year the General Assembly repealed more laws than it enacted.
In January of 2004, Representative O’Neill was chosen by former House Speaker Moira Lyons and House Minority Leader Robert Ward as the Republican co-chair of the bi-partisan Select Committee of Inquiry. The Committee investigated former Governor John G. Rowland’s acceptance of expensive gifts from state employees and contractors doing business with the state to determine whether his conduct warranted impeachment. The investigation was concluded when the former governor resigned rather testify before the Committee.
Representative O’Neill also chaired the Shepaug River Task Force, which was charged with studying the effects of the diversion of water on the Shepaug River and whether a 1921 contract between Waterbury and Washington was implemented properly.
In addition, Representative O’Neill served on the Task Force for Redistricting and chaired the Southbury Training School Task Force in 1993-94, which studied then-Governor Weicker’s proposal to close the Southbury Training School.
He served on the Southbury Charter Revision Commission in 1985 -86 and is a former secretary of the Pomperaug Valley Water Authority.
Representative O’Neill is a member of the East Hill Woods Corporation Board of Directors, a continuing care facility located in Southbury. He is a former member of the Tribury Jaycees and the Tribury Rotary Club.
He was a member of the Southbury Republican Town Committee from 1980-88, serving as chairman in 1987 and secretary from 1981-87.
Born April 27, 1952, Representative O’Neill is a graduate of Southbury public schools. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Connecticut and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University.
Representative O’Neill is a self-employed attorney in Southbury.

004 - Roldan, Kelvin Member D

Deputy Majority Leader Kelvin Roldán is serving his third term in the Connecticut General Assembly representing the people of Hartford in the House of Representatives. Since his election in 2006, Kelvin has built a reputation as an effective advocate for his constituents, introducing legislation to make our neighborhoods safer by protecting our children from sex offenders and getting illegal guns off our streets. He has advanced legislation to create jobs in Hartford by increasing opportunities for women and minority owned business to bid on government contracts and providing incentives for bio-tech industries to locate in Hartford. He has also advocated sending more Hartford students to college through his Connecticut Promise Zones legislation.
Kelvin successfully moved legislation through the General Assembly that protects consumers by prohibiting insurance companies from using credit scores to cancel the auto insurance of those who may have lost their job. He has also successfully authored legislation that increased services for Connecticut veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. As a strong defender of the environment, Kelvin has received a perfect score from the League of Conservation Voters.
A resident of the Barry Square neighborhood, Kelvin was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Hartford’s Stowe Village housing project along with seven of his nine brothers and sisters. At the age of 28, Kelvin became the youngest Hispanic ever elected to the House of Representatives. The Speaker of the House recognized his effectiveness as a legislator by appointing him Vice-Chairman of the Appropriations Committee in the previous session and most recently Deputy Majority Leader. He is also a member of the Judiciary and Insurance & Real Estate Committees.
Kelvin is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Hartford Public Schools. A school reform leader, he plays an important role in the single largest reform effort in the State of Connecticut. He is the school district’s development officer and oversees the district’s relationship with corporations and foundations supporting the reform agenda. He is responsible for the coordination of approximately $10 million in strategic areas of investment and during his tenure has raised more than $30 million in support of district priorities. Hartford Public Schools is the most improved urban school district in Connecticut.
Prior to joining Hartford Public Schools, Mr. Roldán was the head of policy initiatives for the Office of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. In that capacity he oversaw initiatives in education, housing, neighborhood economic development, health, youth services, homelessness and prisoner reentry. Under his leadership, over 500 units of single family housing were created and homeownership was significantly increased.
Kelvin is a member of the board of directors of the Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts Board of Overseers. In addition, Kelvin serves as a volunteer with the Connecticut Puerto Rican Parade, the Connecticut Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, and Project Night Night, an organization serving homeless children. He is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and was voted one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by the Hartford Business Journal.
Kelvin received a bachelor's degree with a double major in Chinese language and literature and in political science from Middlebury College, VT. He received his master's degree in Public Policy from Trinity College, CT. He also attended the Harbin Institute of Technology in China, Avon Old Farms School, Lewis Fox Middle and Wish Elementary Schools in Hartford.

S30 - Roraback, Andrew W. Member R

Andrew Roraback is serving his sixth term in the state Senate representing the 30th District communities of Brookfield, Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington and Winchester.
Senator Roraback was elected Deputy Minority Leader Pro Tempore and Minority Caucus Chairman of the State Senate in June 2007 and is a ranking member on the General Assembly’s Environment Committee and Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee. He also serves as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, a member of the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee, and Chairman of the Regulation Review Committee.
Prior to his election to the State Senate, Senator Roraback served the people of the 64th Assembly District in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1994 through 2000. During his 17 years in the General Assembly Senator Roraback has never missed a roll call vote, casting 8,470 consecutive votes. He is the only one out of 187 legislators who can claim this record.
As the Senate Ranking Member of the Legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, Senator Roraback has been at the forefront of opposition to Governor Malloy’s overreliance on tax increases to balance the state budget. He has consistently fought to eliminate unnecessary government spending and to lower the tax burden, particularly on middle class workers and small businesses. Senator Roraback has also been the voice of fiscal responsibility on the State Bond Commission, consistently voting against borrowing to pay for non-essential “pet projects.”
Senator Roraback has been repeatedly recognized for his leadership on environmental issues. His environmental advocacy and stewardship has been recognized by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, Audubon Connecticut, Working Lands Alliance, the Connecticut Greenways Council, and the Housatonic Valley Association.
Senator Roraback is also a leading advocate for Connecticut’s non-profit sector and was named the 2007 Family Legislator of the Year by the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies. He was honored by the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits in 2005 “for his steadfast commitment and service to Connecticut’s nonprofit sector and for making a difference in the lives of the people of Connecticut.”
Senator Roraback received a GLADD Award (Government Leader Against Drunk Driving) from Mothers Against Drunk Driving in June of 2004 for his work improving Connecticut’s drunk driving laws by requiring first time offenders who are identified as chronic substance abusers to be referred to a treatment program rather than an education program.
He also successfully introduced legislation in 2003, which later became known as Stephanie’s Law, requiring drivers causing fatal accidents to submit to blood alcohol testing. He introduced the bill following the tragic death of 16-year-old Stephanie Raie Berry, who was killed by a drunken driver going the wrong way down Route 8.
Senator Roraback has also been recognized by the Connecticut Chapter of the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill for his advocacy on behalf of individuals with psychiatric disabilities.
Senator Roraback is a member of the Speaker’s Task Force on Domestic Violence. In 2007, he authored and passed legislation to strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence by allowing police to issue weekend restraining orders. His efforts have been recognized by the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Senator Roraback also worked with several of his constituents and animal welfare organizations to pass a law permitting judges to include a prohibition on harming or taking possession of a pet as a condition of a domestic violence restraining order.
In 2006, Senator Roraback was named to the Aspen-Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership as one of the nation’s top young elected officials. Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson said the 24 Rodel Fellows “represent the best hope for America’s future – upcoming leaders committed to working together for the common good.”
Born March 29, 1960, in Torrington, Senator Roraback attended public schools in Torrington and Litchfield. A graduate of the Hotchkiss School, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Yale University in 1983, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School in 1987. He returned to Torrington in 1988 to work with his father, brother and sister at the family law firm of Roraback and Roraback, which was founded in 1883 by his great-grandfather.
Senator Roraback is married to Kara Dowling and they reside with their son Andrew Kevin in Goshen.

123 - Rowe, T.R. Member R
Representing Trumbull

State Representative T.R. Rowe was first elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives in November 1998 and has since been reelected six times. He represents the 123rd Assembly District, which includes most of the Town of Trumbull.
Representative Rowe is a former Trumbull Town Councilman, serving from 1995 to 1999. On the Town Council, Rowe was elected Majority Leader in 1997 and held that post until his departure in January 1999 to begin his term as State Representative.
Representative Rowe has lived in Trumbull for nearly 40 years, where he resides with his wife Michelle, sons Joseph, James, John and daughter Gemma.
He is a cum laude graduate of Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where in 1992 he earned a Bachelor of Arts majoring in American Politics with a minor in Philosophy. Representative Rowe holds a law degree from the Quinnipiac University School of Law and is a member of the Connecticut and Federal Bar. He is also a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Bridgeport Bar Association.
Representative Rowe is a trial attorney at the Law Offices of McNamara & Kenney in Bridgeport. He has a general law practice with an emphasis on insurance defense and personal injury litigation.
He is an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors of Caroline House, an educational center serving the women of the Bridgeport area by teaching classes in English, basic computer and life skills. Representative Rowe also is a member of the Endangered Lands Coalition, which is dedicated to protecting our open space and water supply. Also, he is a member of the Financial Review Board of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish in Bridgeport as well as a member of the Kennedy Center Legislative Advisory Committee.
He was the State Association of Police Chiefs’ Legislator of the Year in 2006, and received the Exemplary Legislative Leadership and Service Award from the Connecticut Chapter of the National Elder Law Attorneys in 2010.
Appointed to the General Assembly’s influential Judiciary Committee, Representative Rowe is an advocate of strong anti-crime and victims’ rights laws. He believes strongly in the rights of the unborn. He is also Chairman of the Program Review and Investigation Committee and as such, is one of only two Republican members to chair a committee of the General Assembly. He has also been appointed to the Regulations Review Committee and Select Committee on Housing.
Representative Rowe is a strong fiscal watchdog and has consistently opposed tax increases. He believes the state both spends and bonds at a greater rate than is appropriate and has worked tirelessly to curb spending.

080 - Sampson, Robert C. Member R

State Rep. Rob Sampson represents the 80th General Assembly District covering Wolcott and Southington . Sampson was elected to his first term in November 2010, defeating a longtime incumbent. Sampson, 41, serves on three legislative committees: Appropriations, Insurance and Real Estate, and Judiciary. He has proposed bills aimed at giving cities and towns relief from costly unfunded mandates handed down by the state, providing businesses with breathing room from taxes and stringent regulation, and protecting the rights of Connecticut sportsmen. Sampson has spent his entire career working in both real estate and insurance. Though a newcomer to politics, Sampson always followed government closely—particularly how elected leaders managed taxpayer dollars. His push for the 80th District seat was his first run for elected office. Sampson won favor with voters by touting a common sense platform, one that called for greater accountability from elected officials, smaller and more efficient government, and turning Connecticut into a state in which businesses could thrive. He began serving his two-year term in January 2011. Since the start of his term, Sampson has maintained that a reduction in state spending, rather than tax increases, should be the path elected officials use to get Connecticut ’s ailing finances back on track. Sampson lives in Wolcott.

033 - Serra, Joseph C. Member D
Middletown Representative

At the Capitol:
Legislative Office Building, Room 4021
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
(860) 240-8585 | 1-800-842-8267

Joseph C. Serra was elected to represent the 33rd District in the General Assembly in 1992. The 33rd District is located entirely within the boundaries of the City of Middletown.
Serra's first run for elected office was in 1992 as the Democratic nominee in the 33rd District. A lifelong Middletown resident, Serra has served on the Middletown Democratic Town Committee since 1984.
Serra has served the Middletown Department of Public Works since 1959. In 1979 he was appointed Deputy Director of Public Works and held that position until his retirement in August of 1996 after completing 37 years of service.
A graduate of the City's public schools, Serra received an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Middlesex Community College in 1970. He earned his B.S. Degree in Public Administration from the University of Hartford in 1975.
Serra serves as a corporator for the Middlesex Memorial Hospital and St. Francis Hospital.
Serra is a former officer and member of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and has served as president and vice-president of Middletown Managers and Professionals Association (MMPA).
Serra serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Street and Highway Officials (CASHO). He has held the position for the past 32 years.
Serra is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Middlesex Community College Foundation.
Rep. Serra is a Chair of the Select Committee on Aging and serves on the Legislature's Judiciary and Transportation Committees.
Updated January 23, 2012

135 - Shaban, John Member R
Easton, Redding, Weston Representative

State Rep. John Shaban has proudly served the 135th General Assembly District communities of Easton, Redding and Weston since November 2010. He is a member of the legislature’s Environment Committee, Judiciary Committee and Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee.
During his first term Shaban tackled a variety of issues, with his efforts focused primarily on providing municipalities more control over their own affairs — whether it be control over the placement of cellular towers or how towns manage their schools.
In 2011 Shaban joined with other Republicans to create the “no tax increase” budget as an alternative to the Democrats’ current budget and its historic $1.8 billion tax increase. He has been active in the fight against wasteful government spending, tax increases and initiatives that inhibit job growth. In this connection, Shaban hosted a variety of in-district forums on the state budget where he welcomed an open dialogue with constituents about the Governor’s budget. He also hosted an employer roundtable discussion with private sector business leaders to discuss job creation.
Shaban also served his constituents in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene and the historic late October snowstorm—first helping his towns manage their response, and then pushing for greater accountability and transparency for utility companies and crisis management leaders. He also gained notoriety for his efforts to reinstitute required financial oversight of continuing care retirement communities.
Shaban graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1988 and earned a Juris Doctorate (cum laude) at Pace University School of Law in 1993 with an ABA Environmental Law Certificate. When he is not at the Capitol, Shaban works as a partner at Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan in Greenwich as a commercial litigator, with an emphasis on construction disputes, intellectual property protection, securities litigation, corporate governance disputes, employment issues and environmental and energy law. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York, and was recently admitted to the United States Supreme Court.
Shaban has been honored multiple times for his pro bono service and has served as a fact finder/arbitrator for the Connecticut Judicial Branch as a FINRA arbitrator.
Before being elected to the Connecticut General Assembly, Shaban served as the chairman of the Redding Water Pollution Control Commission, managing the construction and operation of a $12 million plant as part of the Georgetown Wire Mill Redevelopment, and as vice chairman of the Redding Zoning Commission. He is currently a member of the Redding Republican Town Committee.
Shaban is also the founder and president of Athletes in the Community, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on teaching children to transfer their athletic efforts toward improving their education and life skills.
A former semi-pro football player, Shaban is now a coach and Vice President of the Aspetuck Wildcats Association (Easton, Weston, Redding) and guided his 2008 team to an AYF National Championship in the seventh grade division.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Shaban now resides in Redding with his wife of 20 years and their three sons.

062 - Simanski, Bill Member R
Barkhamsted, Granby, East Granby, New Hartford

Representative Bill Simanski was elected to his first term in the State House of Representatives on November 2, 2010. Bill considers himself a transformed New Englander. As part of a job relocation he moved from Staten Island, N.Y. to Connecticut in 1987 and now embraces the New England ethics and morality our Founding Fathers brought to Plymouth Rock.
Bill graduated from St. Francis College 6/6/1970 with a BA in English. His plans to pursue a Masters in Education did not materialize because on 6/7/1970 an induction notice from the National Guard called him to report for duty. After six months of basic and OJT at Fort Knox Kentucky he visited old friends, including his part time college employer, The Hartford. Due to a glut of teachers, who were getting deferments from military service, Bill had to rethink a career in teaching and thus accepted an offer of employment with The Hartford as a Claim Representative Trainee (4/5/71).
With a year of employment under his belt, Bill married his high school sweetheart, Marie. They were blessed with two sons, Bradford and Clifford. Over the years Bill moved up through increasingly responsible positions at work, leaving the NY Claims office as Assistant Manager, to become a Senior Claim Supervisor in Hartford’s Home Office in 1987. While Bill is still employed with The Hartford in P&C Claims, his career choice of teaching has been realized since he became a Training Consultant in 1996.
The job relocation occurred at an opportune time since Brad was ready to enroll in the first grade. Both Brad and Cliff went through the Granby school system, graduated and thereafter attended college: Brad, the actor, Boston Conservatory; Cliff, the climber, George Washington University.
In New England it’s easy to get involved in your community. Before long, in addition to school and sports activities, Bill found himself involved with the Republican Town Committee, Inlands and Wetlands Commission and eventually the Board of Selectmen (BOS). During an 11 year tenure on the BOS, he served as First Selectman for 8 of those years. He has been as Justice of the Peace since 2001 and was elected as Town Moderator in 2009.
Volunteer activities haven’t been limited to school, sports or public service. Bill also is very involved with several ministries at Trinity Episcopal Church in Tarriffville. He has been involved as a Sunday school teacher, Youth Group Leader and in a leadership position on many Emmaus, teen focused, weekends. He served on the church’s Vestry and as Assistant Treasurer. Bill is part of the Contemporary Worship Team and can be found playing his guitar at the 9:00 am Sunday service. Last October he served on his first Kairos Prison Ministry weekend and now attends monthly reunions with the residents of Osborne Correctional Institution in Somers. Of several mission trips, his fondest memories are from the trip to New Orleans where a team from Trinity helped with gutting a house that had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
The Simanskis are proud of their involvement with foreign exchange students, having hosted students from Japan, Italy, the Ukraine and other countries. Marie and Bill are especially proud that Masaco and Yuko call them their American parents and consider Granby their second home.
Of course Bill isn’t all work and no play. He is a NAUI Certified scuba diver, 5th degree black belt in Nanzen Kai Karate and a 4 time finisher of the NYC Marathon (best finish 3:49:53). Now, as his body reminds him it’s getting a little older, he enjoys kayaking on the Farmington River, bicycling on the Rails to Trails bike path, gardening in the yard and playing the guitar anywhere he can.

108 - Smith, Richard A. Member R
New Fairfield, Sherman, Kent, and New Milford

State Representative Richard Smith proudly serves the 108th General Assembly District communities of New Fairfield, Sherman, New Milford and Kent. Rep. Smith, who is currently serving his first term, is a member of the Planning & Development Committee, Judiciary Committee and Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.
Rep. Smith has been very active in the fight against overspending, tax increases and initiatives that inhibit job growth. In the 2011 legislative session, he joined Republican leadership to create the “no tax increase” budget as an alternative to the Democrats’ budget that included the historic $1.8 billion tax increase.
Working together for the benefit of all Connecticut residents, Rep. Smith joined his fellow legislators in the House and Senate to support recent legislation aimed at giving small businesses the assistance they need to grow and create jobs. In addition, he has worked closely with the business community to help get the economy moving, serving as a panelist during the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s (CBIA) Business Day at the Capitol.
In addition to working hard to make Connecticut a more affordable place to live and work, Rep. Smith also made strides for public safety. He cosponsored legislation giving law enforcement agencies greater ability to identify perpetrators of crimes by requiring those arrested for serious felonies to submit a DNA sample.
Rep. Smith has also supported giving veterans the rights and privileges that they deserve. A former law required anyone over 18 to pay for a copy of a death certificate in the town where the death occurred or through the Department of Public Health. A new public act, which Rep. Smith supported, waives the fee for a spouse, parent, or child of a deceased veteran.
He then cosponsored a new law granting municipalities limited liability in legal suits brought by someone injured on property made available for passive recreation such as running or biking.
Engaging with the community is a priority for Rep. Smith and on several occasions he has hosted a variety of in-district forums on the state budget and other legislative issues. He welcomes an open dialogue with constituents about everything from state debt to municipal issues and looks forward to talking with you during his regular office hours, which are posted on his website.
Before being elected to the General Assembly, Rep. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of New Haven and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Bridgeport School of Law. While attending the University of New Haven, Rep. Smith was elected into the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.”
Rep. Smith has been actively involved in the Danbury Bar Association, having served as its Secretary, Vice President, President and current Chair of the Real Estate Section. He is also a member of the Connecticut, Federal and United States Supreme Court Bars, and a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.
Rep. Smith regularly organizes Law Day Probate Seminars for his community and has taught real estate paralegal and adult education courses. He has authorized numerous articles on a myriad of legal issues and has assisted students at Trinity Pawling School with their Street Law course.
Rep. Smith has served in many volunteer and civic posts as well. A member of the Lions Club of New Fairfield since 1990, he served as its President in 1994-95 and is a Melvin Jones Fellow. He has also served five years as a member of the New Fairfield Board of Education and has volunteered to sit on both the New Fairfield Community Coalition for the Prevention of Youth Violence and the School-Family-Community Partnership Committee.
Rep. Smith is actively involved with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in New Fairfield and has served over ten years on the Cal-Ripken New Fairfield Baseball Board of Directors. He has also sat on the Quaker Hill Country Club Board of Directors in Pawling, New York, serving as the Golf Chair and on the Membership/Rules Committee. Rep. Richard also enjoys Toastmasters and is a current member of the Barnum Square Toastmasters Club and is a past president.
In December 2011, Rep. Smith teamed up with Danbury-based Jericho Partnership to run a very successful coat, hat, and gloves drive for families in need in communities including Kent and Sherman.
When he’s not at the Captiol, Rep. Smith is an attorney at a law firm in New Fairfield. Rep. Smith resides in New Fairfield with his wife Elizabeth and has two children, Chase and Courtney.

109 - Taborsak, Joseph J. Member D
Danbury Representative

At the Capitol:
Legislative Office Building, Room 3504
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
(860) 240-8585 | 1-800-842-8267

Joe Taborsak is a third-term representative serving Connecticut's 109th district in Danbury - a seat that was once held by his own mother, Lynn. Joe's parents are lifelong public servants and activists who Joe credits with inspiring him to get personally involved by running for office.
Joe serves on the Judiciary and Public Health Committees, and is Co-chair of the General Law Committee.
He was born and raised in Danbury and graduated from Danbury High School in 1993. He went on to Northeastern University in Boston where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice. While in Boston, Joe was employed by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance ("MOVA") under the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. At MOVA, Joe worked to improve state services for victims of crime.
After graduating from Northeastern, Joe went on to Pace University School of Law, where he earned a law degree and a certificate in Health Law and Policy. During his time at Pace, Joe interned with the John Jay Legal Clinic where he provided pro bono legal services to disabled persons struggling with the complexities of disability and social security law.
While Joe is not working on legislation in Hartford, he practices law with the established Danbury law firm of Riefberg, Smart, Donohue & NeJame, P.C.
Joe is married to his wife Kelley and they have a daughter named Jasmine.

147 - Tong, William Member D
Stamford and New Canaan Representative

At the Capitol:
Legislative Office Building, Room 2405
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
(860) 240-8585 | 1-800-842-8267

William Tong is honored to serve the 147th District, representing parts of Stamford and New Canaan. Geographically the largest district in Stamford, the 147th includes Westover, North Stamford, Scofieldtown, as well as the western side of New Canaan. Representative Tong serves on the Judiciary, Energy and Commerce committees.
A Connecticut native, Representative Tong attended public and private schools in West Hartford. He graduated from Phillips Academy Andover, Brown University and the University of Chicago Law School. Representative Tong is now an attorney with Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, one of Connecticut's leading corporate law firms. Before joining Finn Dixon & Herling, Representative Tong was an attorney with the international law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and a Management Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He is a member of the state bars of New York and Connecticut, and regularly practices before various state and federal courts. Representative Tong formerly served as a Commissioner on the Personnel Commission of the City of Stamford, and is a member of the Board of Directors for one of Fairfield County's leading social service organizations, Person-to-Person.
Representative Tong is married to his law school classmate and colleague, Elizabeth Tong, who is a corporate tax lawyer at Finn Dixon & Herling LLP. They are very proud parents of two little girls, Eleanor ("Ming Ming") and Penelope ("Ping Ping"), and they live with their two fox terriers in North Stamford on Chestnut Hill Road.
Representative Tong is proud to be the first Asian American to serve in the General Assembly, and the first Asian American to be elected at the state level in Connecticut's history.

020 - Verrengia, Joe Member D
West Hartford, Elmwood Representative

At the Capitol:
Legislative Office Building, Room 4048
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
(860) 240-8585 | 1-800-842-8267

State Representative Joe Verrengia is a life long resident of West Hartford. He was educated in West Hartford Public Schools, attending Wolcott Elementary, St. Brigid, Talcott Junior High and Conard High School. He also attended Northeastern University.
Rep. Verrengia was a three-term incumbent on the West Hartford Town Council before leaving to serve the 20th House District in Hartford. He also served as a Commissioner to the Metropolitan District Commission. Rep. Verrengia is a twenty two-year veteran of the West Hartford Police Department and currently serves on the Judiciary, Commerce and the Transportation Committees of the General Assembly.

093 - Walker, Toni E. Member D
New Haven Representative

Toni Edmonds Walker is a seasoned social activist and advocate for youth, education, and human rights. Having resided in New Haven for most of her child and adult life, Toni has deep roots at Dixwell Congregation where her father, the late Rev. Dr. Edwin R. Edmonds, was the pastor and her mother, the late Maye Bailey Edmonds, was head of the Women’s Group. There, Toni worked as both a fundraiser and the Director of the Dixwell Children’s Creative Arts Center - a children’s inner city program for arts and music. While managing The Arts Center and raising a daughter alone, she continued her baccalaureate education at Southern Connecticut State University and received a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Fordham University.
As a Connecticut State Representative, Rep. Walker serves as House Chair of the Appropriations Committee and participates on several other legislative bodies, including the Higher Education and Judiciary Committees. She is the former House Chair of the Human Services Committee as well. Rep. Walker also created and chaired both the Juvenile Jurisdiction Planning and Implementation Committee and the Juvenile Jurisdiction Policy and Operations Coordinating Council. She is also an active member of the Financial Advisory Council, serving as Speaker Donovan’s appointee. In addition, Rep. Walker has been appointed to serve on several policy committees by legislative forums; including the National Conference of State Legislatures as Vice-Chair of the Human Services Committee, and the Council of State Governments as Vice Chair of the ERC Criminal Justice Advisory Board and Chair of the ERC Budget & Tax Committee. The Council of State Governments also once recognized Rep. Walker as a Tolls Fellow.
Furthermore, Rep. Walker is dedicated to the CT Black and Puerto Rican Caucus and is a member of the Adolescent Parenting Council, Local Interagency Service Team, Domestic Violence Legislative Task Force, Commission on Children, Medicaid Care Management Oversight Council, Behavioral Health Partnership Oversight Council, TANF Council, Children in the Recession Legislative Task Force, and Task Force on Community-Based Human Services.
For several years, Rep. Walker has committed herself to juvenile reform in Connecticut beginning with raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction. During the 2006 and 2007 legislative sessions, Representative Walker introduced and championed legislation that would allow for 16 and 17 year-olds to be considered juveniles in the eyes of Connecticut courts. This is a monumental step in the direction of lowering recidivism rates and increasing opportunities for troubled youth to become active and upstanding citizens.
When she is not in Hartford, Toni is in district serving as Vice Principal and Coordinator of Special Services and Grants at New Haven Adult Education, where she plays an instrumental role in developing, designing and implementing community-based programs. In her downtime, Toni likes to reconnect with her most important commitment: her family. She is a devoted wife to Donald Walker and loving mother and step-mother to Talia Aikens-Nunez and Tiffany Beech. Most importantly though, Toni is a proud grandmother to Isabella and is eagerly awaiting the arrival of another grandchild in July!
Updated February 10, 2012

S31 - Welch, Jason C. Member R
Senator representing Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville and Plymouth.

State Senator Jason Welch is currently serving his first term representing Connecticut’s 31st Senatorial District, which includes Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville and Plymouth.
Senator Welch is the Senate’s Ranking Member on the Public Health and Veterans’ Affairs Committees. He also serves on the Appropriations, Judiciary and Internhip Committees.
Senator Welch grew up in Torrington, attending North and Vogel schools. He holds an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College and a Juris Doctorate degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law where he served as Executive Managing Editor of the Quinnipiac Law Review. He has served his country in both the United States Coast Guard Reserve and Army National Guard.
Senator Welch has worked at some of Connecticut’s top law firms where he has focused on helping businesses resolve complicated disputes. Senator Welch now works as an attorney for a Lloyd’s of London syndicate based in Farmington.
Senator Welch has submitted several proposals that aim to improve the business climate and create jobs in Connecticut. He is a strong advocate for the elimination of unfunded mandates, lowering of energy costs and reducing state spending.
Senator Welch lives in Bristol with his wife Elizabeth and their seven children: Sarah, Seth, Grace, Wesley, Luke, Hope and Benjamin.

041 - Wright, Elissa T.
Groton Representative

At the Capitol:
Legislative Office Building, Room 5003
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
(860) 240-8585 | 1-800-842-8267

Elissa Wright is serving her third term as state representative from Groton’s 41st District. She serves as Assistant Majority Leader, vice chair of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, and as a member of the Environment and Judiciary Committees.
Elissa co-chaired the Tax Policy Subcommittee of the Smart Growth Task Force and the Revenue Streams and Economic Development Subcommittee of the Municipal Opportunities & Regional Efficiencies (MORE) Commission.
Elissa has been active in government and the community for many years. She previously served the citizens of Groton as a member of the Town Council, Board of Education, and Representative Town Meeting, and as a member and secretary of the oversight committee of the town’s historic Jabez Smith House museum.
Involved in local civic matters from an early age, Elissa was active in establishing Haley Farm as a state park and Bluff Point as a coastal reserve; in securing Groton’s successful $8 million bond referendum for significant open space land acquisitions; and in preserving and protecting the Branford House, a Gilded Age mansion at UConn’s Avery Point campus, and a significant portion of the campus from privatization.
Elissa lives in the village of Noank where she grew up in a family with a long tradition of dedicated public service. Her father, the late Mortimer Wright, was elected state representative in 1970, and for many years served as chairman of the Groton Democratic Town Committee.
An attorney, Elissa was previously a law clerk to Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Ellen Ash Peters, and an editor of the Connecticut Law Review. She served as a legislative aide in the House Majority Office for then Speaker James Kennelly and Majority Leader William A. O’Neill, later Governor of Connecticut.
A graduate of UConn Law School, Elissa holds a master of laws degree (LL.M) in taxation from New York University Law School, and B.A. and M.A. degrees from Connecticut College.
Her son, Matthew Hemond, is an Assistant District Attorney for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Her daughter, Elizabeth Hemond, is a doctoral candidate in biology at Northeastern University.
Updated January 31, 2012

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