Bios & Photos - Section II
Barack H. Obama is the 44th President of the United States. His story is the American story— values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others.
With a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas, President Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. He was raised with help from his grandfather, who served in Patton's army, and his grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management at a bank.
After working his way through college with the help of scholarships and student loans, President Obama moved to Chicago, where he worked with a group of churches to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants.
He went on to attend law school, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, he returned to Chicago to help lead a voter registration drive, teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago, and remain active in his community.
President Obama's years of public service are based around his unwavering belief in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose. In the Illinois State Senate, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents. As a United States Senator, he reached across the aisle to pass groundbreaking lobbying reform, lock up the world's most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by putting federal spending online.
He was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008, and sworn in on January 20, 2009, then re-elected on November 6, 2012, and sworn in to a second term on January 20, 2013. He and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two daughters, Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11.
Dannel Patrick Malloy, the youngest of eight children, was born in Stamford, Connecticut, on July 21, 1955. Growing up, he struggled to overcome learning and physical disabilities, eventually gaining the skills he needed to go on to graduate magna cum laude from Boston College and continue on to Boston College Law School. In 1982, Governor Malloy married his wife, Cathy, whom he met while at Boston College.
Governor Malloy became a prosecutor in Brooklyn, New York, serving for four years as an Assistant District Attorney, where he won 22 convictions in 23 felony cases— four of them homicides. Returning home to Stamford, he served on the Boards of Finance and Education before running for Mayor and winning in a landslide victory in 1995.
Governor Malloy was Stamford's longest serving Mayor, serving for 14 years from 1995 to 2009. Under his leadership, Stamford underwent a drastic transformation and became one of the country's top ten most livable cities, according to Forbes magazine. He brought nearly 5,000 new jobs to the city, led the fight for more affordable housing, championed transportation efforts such as the Stamford Urban Transit way, and helped to reduce the crime rate by 60 percent. He also implemented the first citywide pre-kindergarten program, ensuring all four-year-olds could attend school regardless of their parents' financial situation.
On November 2, 2010, Dannel P. Malloy was elected the 88th Governor of the state of Connecticut and is the first governor to have been elected under the state's clean elections program. He is committed to strengthening the state's economy, growing Connecticut businesses, and bringing jobs back to cities and towns.
Governor Malloy is a former trustee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a former president of the Connecticut Council of Municipalities, and a former member of the Stamford Cultural Development Organization.
While they live in Hartford, the Governor and Mrs. Malloy call Stamford home. Mrs. Malloy, a former sexual assault and rape crisis center director and now Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and the Governor have been active in the Stamford community and involved in various charities and outreach organizations. They have three sons, Dannel, Ben, and Sam.
Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman began her service in government more than 30 years ago when she successfully ran for a seat on her local school board so she could have a say in the education of her two young daughters.
After eight years on the Tolland Board of Education, she was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1986. During her four terms representing the 53rd District she held leadership positions including House Chairperson of the Education Committee and Chairperson of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education.
In 1994, she was the first woman ever to be elected State Comptroller, and for the next 16 years used that office to advocate for fiscal responsibility and accountability on behalf of taxpayers. She also administered the health insurance plan for all state employees, retirees, and their families. As Comptroller, she focused on bringing openness and common sense to the budget process, implementing stricter accounting of state finances, and increasing the balance in the emergency Rainy Day Fund.
Since being elected Connecticut's 108th Lieutenant Governor in 2010, she has been a true partner to Governor Dannel P. Malloy as they work to help the state recover from the economic downturn and build a foundation for long-term stability and prosperity.
Lt. Governor Wyman is a former X-Ray Technician known as a tireless advocate for improving healthcare access and affordability. She is prominent in efforts to raise funds for breast cancer research, and for many years has been closely involved with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the National Kidney Foundation, and the American Heart Association.
Lt. Governor Wyman was the founder of a 1995 working group that led to the creation of the HUSKY health plan, which remains an important source of medical care for more than 250,000 Connecticut children. The Lt. Governor is now Chair of the board of directors of the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange, which is charged with implementing federal healthcare reform by 2014. She is also Chair of the Interagency Council for Ending the Achievement Gap.
Recognizing the service and sacrifice of Connecticut's military veterans and their families is one of Lt. Governor Wyman's highest priorities. In 2007, she sought private donations to create the Wall of Honor—a photographic tribute and annual memorial ceremony in the State Capitol for the Connecticut men and women in the U.S. armed forces who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also regularly attends sendoff and welcome-home events for members of the Connecticut National Guard serving overseas and is actively involved in the Guard's annual Operation ELF holiday donation program for deployed troops and their families.
The Lieutenant Governor is a longtime supporter of the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford and, in 2013, was named to the school's Board of Directors.
Lt. Governor Wyman and her husband, Michael, live in Tolland, along with their two daughters and their husbands: Stacey and Steve Papa and Meryl and Bill Baldwin, and grandchildren Kyle, Taylor, Lindsey, Max, and Sydney.
Denise Merrill was elected as Connecticut's 73rd Secretary of the State on November 2, 2010. As Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill serves as chief elections official and business registrar for the state of Connecticut. Since taking office, Secretary Merrill has focused on modernizing Connecticut's election process, making voting easier, and improving information given to businesses that incorporate in the state.
In her dual role as Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill is focused on both civic engagement and fostering business enterprise. As the state's election officer, Denise Merrill is committed to supporting and expanding democratic participation, ensuring that every citizen's rights and privileges are protected, and that every vote is counted accurately. Secretary Merrill has worked closely with Governor Dannel Malloy to expand voting rights by enacting Election Day Registration and making Connecticut the 10th state to permit eligible voters to register to vote securely online. Secretary Merrill has also overseen significant improvements to Connecticut's election accountability and integrity, helping to enact mandatory emergency planning for elections, requiring all municipalities to report the numbers of ballots procured for each election and primary, and establishing a corps of volunteer attorneys to be available to enter any polling place on election day to ensure that local officials are complying with state and federal election laws.
Secretary Merrill understands that Connecticut cannot create the jobs of the future if we don't first lend a hand to the existing small businesses that employ today's workers. As Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill is committed to playing a vital role in helping small businesses grow, prosper, expand, and create jobs, thereby reviving Connecticut's economy. Secretary Merrill successfully helped enact and implement new online business filing requirements to save businesses time with document processing. During Secretary Merrill's tenure, the office of the Secretary of the State has partnered with numerous state, federal, and private sector agencies to offer programs to help small businesses succeed. This includes unprecedented outreach with U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center in Middletown to educate businesses on the details necessary for expanding sales of their products or services to overseas markets.
Prior to her election as Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill served as State Representative from the 54th General Assembly District for 17 years, representing the towns of Mansfield and Chaplin. First elected to the General Assembly in 1994, Denise Merrill rose to the rank of House Majority Leader in 2008, after serving as the House Chair of the Appropriations Committee from 2005-2008. Merrill vice-chaired committees on Education from 1994-1998 and Government Administration and Elections from 1994-1996. In 2009, Denise Merrill was named by her colleagues in the legislature as "Most Respected by the Other Side of the Aisle" and "Most Effective Legislator" in a poll done by Connecticut magazine.
Secretary Merrill is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, is licensed to practice law in the state of California, and is a classically trained pianist. She lives in Hartford. Her family includes daughter Nicole, son-in-law Brett Van Zandt, son Alex and daughter-in-law Alexa, and son Nate. She has three grandchildren.
Denise Lynn Nappier is the first African-American woman elected to serve as a state treasurer in the United States and the first African-American woman elected to a statewide office in Connecticut. Elected in 1998 and re-elected in 2002, 2006, and 2010, Treasurer Nappier is also the only woman to be elected Treasurer in Connecticut history.
As Connecticut's chief elected financial officer, Treasurer Nappier oversees approximately $50 billion in state funds, including the $24 billion Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds (CRPTF). The Treasury's Short-Term Investment Fund has been rated one of the nation's best local government investment pools, and during the Nappier administration, its superior performance has earned government investors almost $180 million in additional interest income.
In 2006, Treasurer Nappier initiated and successfully led efforts to establish a state income tax deduction for Connecticut residents who contribute to the Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET), Connecticut's 529 college savings program. CHET has grown from $18 million in assets with just over 4,000 accounts at the beginning of her administration in 1999 to more than $1.7 billion representing more than 109,000 accounts in 2012.
A strong advocate for expanding economic opportunity, Treasurer Nappier invested $380.5 million under the Connecticut Community Bank and Credit Union Initiative to promote the economic and social health of the communities it serves since the program's inception in 2006.
She also established the $800 million Connecticut Horizon Fund investment program, aimed at enhancing portfolio returns through innovative investment strategies while providing opportunities for Connecticut-based and emerging investment firms as well as women and minority owned firms. In 2005, she led the successful effort to establish the state's first $100 million Housing Trust Fund to help create more affordable housing for Connecticut families. And in the spring of 2008, Treasurer Nappier sold $2 billion in Pension Obligation Bonds--the largest bond sale in state history. This bond sale significantly improved the funded status of the Teachers' Retirement Fund and its future outlook.
The Nappier administration has shattered numerous all-time records in returning more than $362 million in unclaimed assets to rightful owners while collecting over $1.2 billion of unclaimed property. The state's Second Injury Fund, which administers injured workers' claims, has either reduced or maintained assessment rates on Connecticut businesses for 14 consecutive years, saving Connecticut businesses $753 million. Treasurer Nappier's careful management of the state's debt portfolio has saved taxpayers more than $771 million through debt refunding and defeasances of higher-cost debt. In addition, the Nappier administration has recovered approximately $42.6 million since 2000 under an initiative to prevent losses due to the malfeasance of others and, as lead plaintiff in security class action matters, achieved settlements totaling nearly $1 billion.
Widely respected by her peers, Treasurer Nappier served five terms as Treasurer of the National Association of State Treasurers and is a board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors Connecticut Chapter. She previously served as Hartford City Treasurer for nearly ten years and as executive director of Hartford's Riverfront Recapture. She holds a B.A. from Virginia State University and a master's degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Kevin Lembo was elected State Comptroller in 2010 following 20 years of public service and advocacy.
A native of Paterson, NJ, Lembo first came to public service as an independent advocate. Working with the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, Lembo helped design and implement an innovative long-term home care program in New York that successfully prevented premature and permanent admissions to nursing facilities. He was also program director for an AIDS education, prevention, and primary care program before serving as Assistant Comptroller in Connecticut.
Lembo was then appointed Connecticut's first Healthcare Advocate where he spent years helping thousands of residents navigate the complexities of the healthcare system; advocated for patients denied coverage or treatment; and returned millions of dollars to consumers.
As State Comptroller, Lembo continues to lead the charge for more affordable and quality health care. Lembo has worked to unite stakeholders in both state government and in the corporate community to implement programs that emphasize preventative care - ultimately improving wellness and reducing immediate and long-term costs to the state. Comptroller Lembo also serves as the chief fiscal guardian--monitoring and reporting on the state's financial status, coordinating health care and payroll for hundreds of thousands of public employees and retirees, and administering the statewide electronic accounting system. He has been hailed by advocacy groups and the media as a "champion of transparency" for his efforts to promote public access to vital state financial information. Transparency initiatives include "Open Connecticut" - an online hub of state financial data that simplifies access to important information about the state's budget and financial future. Lembo is also pursuing greater transparency surrounding hundreds of millions of dollars invested each year in economic development programs.
As a longtime advocate of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Lembo's office plays a critical role in transitioning the state to a new era of financial transparency and accountability and, on a monthly basis, he reports on the state's financial status to ensure that Connecticut proceeds on a secure financial track.
Extending state savings to municipalities, Comptroller Lembo launched the Connecticut Partnership Plan, which offers an affordable health plan option to public employers.
Most recently, Comptroller Lembo launched "Man Up" - a statewide initiative to encourage more men to seek preventative health care so that they can live longer, healthier lives.
In addition to serving as Comptroller, Lembo has been reappointed by Yale School of Nursing as a Clinical Instructor in the Nurse Management Policy and Leadership Specialty in Nursing.
Comptroller Lembo holds a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University and is a member of the Pi Alpha Honor Society. He was named a Toll Fellow of the Council of State Governments in 2004 and has served as a panelist and moderator throughout the state and country as an expert in healthcare and retirement administration.
In 2004, Comptroller Lembo was commissioned a "Kentucky Colonel," the highest honor awarded by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in recognition of his advocacy on behalf of children in foster care.
Lembo resides in Guilford, CT, with his spouse, Charles Frey; they have three children.
George Jepsen took office in 2011 as Connecticut's 24th Attorney General. Under state statutes and the Connecticut Constitution, the Attorney General has authority over all civil matters and is responsible for representing the people of Connecticut and the broader public interest. The Attorney General is a constitutional officer and the state's chief civil legal officer. The Office of the Attorney General, with a staff of more than 200 attorneys, serves as legal counsel to all state agencies.
The Attorney General represents and vigorously advocates for the interests of the state and its citizens; ensures that state government acts within the letter and spirit of the law; protects public resources for present and future generations; helps to preserve and enhance the quality of life for state citizens, and ensures that the rights of the most vulnerable are safeguarded. The Office generated $457 million in revenues to the state for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.
Among his initiatives, Attorney General Jepsen created a privacy task force to focus on data breach and privacy concerns; simplified the process for data breach reporting; consolidated staff to create an Antitrust and Government Program Fraud department, and has vigorously pursued antitrust, environmental, and consumer protection issues.
Attorney General Jepsen is a member of the National Association of Attorneys General, where he serves as Chairman of the Eastern Region, as a member of the Executive Committee and as Co-Chairman of the Standing Committee on Antitrust. He also serves on the executive committee that produced the largest joint federal-state settlement in history, a $25 billion settlement with the nation's five largest banks over mortgage foreclosure abuses, and continues to oversee the banks' compliance.
Born in Hattiesburg, MS, and raised in Greenwich, the Attorney General is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College, where he earned a degree in government with high distinction. He is also a graduate of Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, where he earned his law degree with honors and a master's degree in public policy.
He began practicing law as general counsel to Carpenters Local 210 and has since practiced with several Connecticut law firms, most recently Cowdery, Ecker and Murphy, LLC, of Hartford in areas of corporate transactions and civil and appellate litigation.
Jepsen served for 16 years in the Connecticut General Assembly as a state representative for Stamford's 148th District and as a state senator for the 27th District, representing Stamford and Darien. As Co-Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and for six years as a state Senate Majority Leader, Jepsen was recognized for this leadership on civil rights; gun safety, including Connecticut's assault weapon ban; protecting a woman's right to choose; consumer and environmental protection; and curbing domestic violence.
A former marathon runner, Jepsen is an enthusiastic cook of international cuisines who enjoys world travel and reading histories and biographies. He lives in West Hartford, with his wife Diana, and their two sons, Christian and William.
Sworn in on January 5, 2011, Richard Blumenthal is serving his first term as a United States Senator from the state of Connecticut.
Senator Blumenthal served an unprecedented five terms as Connecticut’s Attorney General, fighting for people against large and powerful special interests. His aggressive law enforcement for consumer protection, environmental stewardship, labor rights, and personal privacy has helped reshape the role of state attorneys general nationwide and resulted in the recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars for Connecticut taxpayers and consumers each year.
A key player in the national fight against Big Tobacco, he helped bring an end to deceptive marketing aimed at children – a victory significantly lowering youth smoking rates and compelling a multibillion-dollar settlement for Connecticut taxpayers. He also helped lead a coalition of all 50 states that culminated in historic agreements with social networking sites to better protect children from Internet predators.
As Attorney General, he advocated for reforms in the health insurance industry to assure critical healthcare coverage and lower pharmaceutical drug prices. He has worked relentlessly to eradicate corruption in state government and make state contracting accountable, fair, honest, and transparent.
His vigorous investigation and legal action against insurance industry abuses has successfully forced financial restitution and reform, compelled greater disclosure by insurers and brokers to consumers, and recovered millions of dollars for the state, municipalities, and individuals. He has successfully fought unfair utility rate charges, air pollution causing acid rain, and general environmental wrongdoing, as well as a wide array of consumer scams and frauds.
Senator Blumenthal has personally argued several major cases in court, including his successful effort to uphold the Connecticut sex offender registry in the U.S. Supreme Court. He has fought and sued the federal government for failing to follow or enforce environmental laws and energy statutes, as well as imposing multimillion-dollar unfunded mandates on local taxpayers under the No Child Left Behind Act.
From 1977 to 1981, Senator Blumenthal served as U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, prosecuting drug trafficking, organized and white-collar crime, civil rights violations, consumer fraud, and environmental pollution. He served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1984 to 1987 and the Connecticut State Senate from 1987 to 1990. As a volunteer attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Senator Blumenthal saved the life of an innocent, wrongly convicted death row inmate, who came within hours of execution.
Prior to his position as U.S. Attorney, Senator Blumenthal also served as Administrative Assistant to U.S. Senator Abraham A. Ribicoff, aide to former U.S. Senator Daniel P. Moynihan when Moynihan was Assistant to the President of the United States, and law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun.
Senator Blumenthal graduated from Harvard College (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude), and Yale Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal. From 1970 to 1976, he served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant.
Senator Blumenthal lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, with his wife, Cynthia, and their four children.
Senator Christopher S. Murphy is the junior United States Senator for Connecticut. Elected in 2012, Murphy serves on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee.
Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Murphy served Connecticut's Fifth Congressional District for three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Fifth District includes the towns of Danbury, Meriden, New Britain, Torrington, and Waterbury. During his three terms, Murphy served on the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Committee on Financial Services.
Prior to his service in the U.S. Congress, Murphy served for eight years in the Connecticut General Assembly. He spent four years representing Southington and the 81st District in the House and then spent four years representing the 16th Senatorial District, which includes the towns of Waterbury, Wolcott, Cheshire, and Southington. While in the Senate, he served as the Chairman of the Public Health Committee.
Senator Murphy grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut, and attended Williams College in Massachusetts, graduating with honors and a double major in history and political science. In 2002, he graduated from UConn Law School in Hartford, Connecticut. He practiced real estate and banking law from 2002-2006 with the firm of Ruben, Johnson & Morgan in Hartford.
On August 18, 2007, Murphy married Cathy Holahan, a legal aid attorney who represents children in need in New Britain and Waterbury. Chris, Cathy, and their sons, Owen and Rider, reside in Cheshire.
John Larson grew up in Mayberry Village, a federal housing project in East Hartford, with his seven brothers and sisters. John's commitment to public service was profoundly influenced by his parents, Raymond and Pauline.
Like many of his great generation, Ray Larson served in World War II, including a combat tour in the US Navy aboard the USS Franklin. Ray came back from the war to work as a firefighter at Pratt and Whitney's East Hartford headquarters. Pauline Larson was the politically active member of the family, always being heavily involved in many municipal and non-profit organizations. Pauline's lifelong dedication to community service and helping others was the inspiration for the renaming of the Mayberry Village Community Center in her honor.
John graduated from East Hartford High School in 1967 and from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in 1971. Larson was later selected by Edward Zigler, Ph.D., creator of Head Start, to be a Senior Fellow at the Yale Bush Center for Child Development.
He began his professional career as a high school history teacher and athletic coach and later became an owner of a successful insurance business. From 1977 to 1979, he served on the East Hartford Board of Education and later served on the East Hartford Town Council from 1979 to 1982. He was elected to the Connecticut State Senate in 1982 and represented the 3rd Senate District until 1995. Larson served as Senate President Pro Tempore for eight years from 1987 to 1995.
While in the legislature, John was known for his focus on education, the economy and Connecticut's families. He helped write the first Family and Medical Leave law in the nation and he created the Family Resource Centers in Connecticut schools.
John has represented Connecticut's 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1999. As a senior leader in the House Democratic Caucus, John was named Chairman of the Task Force on Election Reform, created to develop a legislative agenda for reforms to take big money out of politics and address flaws in the electoral system. Additionally, he serves as a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, which oversees Social Security, Medicare, the nation's tax code and trade policy. In 2013, he was named Co-Chairman of the Congressional Joint Strike Fighter Caucus, a bipartisan group of members charged with keeping members informed on issues related to the development, testing, and deployment of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. John formerly served on the Armed Services Committee, Science Committee, and as Ranking Member of the House Administration Committee.
John Barry Larson was born on July 22, 1948, in Hartford, Connecticut. He, his wife, Leslie, and his three children, Carolyn, Laura, and Raymond, are all lifelong residents of East Hartford.
Congressman Joe Courtney was elected in 2006 to represent the Second Congressional District of Connecticut in the House of Representatives. He serves on the Armed Services, Agriculture, and the Education and Workforce committees.
As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Congressman Courtney serves on the Seapower and Projection Forces and the Military Readiness subcommittees. He co-chairs the bipartisan Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus and the Congressional Submarine Caucus. Courtney serves on the Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry subcommittee and was named the ranking member of the House Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.
As a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, Congressman Courtney has worked to strengthen our nation's defense by leading the call for increased submarine production. To date, Courtney has secured more than $500 million in funding for advanced procurement and production of a second submarine. Courtney has also fought to secure critical support for new design and engineering work on the replacement for the OHIO-class submarine, creating hundreds of jobs in southeastern Connecticut.
Congressman Courtney has distinguished himself as a tireless advocate for both our nation's veterans and our men and women in uniform. He successfully fought to expand the Montgomery GI Bill for post-9/11 veterans and their families, led the fight to extend TRICARE benefits to dependents under age 26, and fought and won support for an 18-unit supportive housing facility for homeless and at-risk veterans in Jewett City. He partnered with Senator John McCain to introduce the post-9/11 Troops to Teachers Enhancement Act to help members of the military transition into the teaching profession. Congressman Courtney has been awarded the Connecticut National Guard's highest honor, the Meritorious Service Award.
As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Congressman Courtney is a vocal proponent for nearly 2,500 farmers across eastern Connecticut. Courtney is the founding Co-Chairman of the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus and has worked tirelessly to protect family farms from foreclosure and fix the flawed milk pricing system.
Before serving the House of Representatives, Joe Courtney represented the citizens of Vernon in the Connecticut General Assembly from 1987 to 1994. During this tenure, then State Representative Courtney served as House Chairman for both the Public Health and Human Services committees and also chaired the Connecticut Blue Ribbon Commission on Universal Health Insurance. He was recognized in a legislative poll in 1994 by Connecticut magazine for his bipartisan efforts and named the "Most Conscientious" and the "Democrat Most Admired by Republicans." Since he came to Congress, Courtney has received numerous awards for several national organizations, including the National Patient Advocate Foundation's 2010 Healthcare Hero award, The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers' Legislator of the Year Award, and the American Farm Bureau's Friend of the Farm Bureau award.
Congressman Courtney is a 1975 graduate of Tufts University in Boston. He earned a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1978. He lives in Vernon with his wife, Audrey Courtney, and their two children, Robert and Elizabeth.
Rosa DeLauro is the Congresswoman from Connecticut's Third District that stretches from the Long Island Sound and New Haven to the Naugatuck Valley and Waterbury. Rosa serves in the Democratic leadership as Co-Chair of the Steering and Policy Committee, and she is the ranking member on the Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, where she oversees our country's investments in education, health, and employment. She also serves on the subcommittee responsible for FDA and agriculture, where she oversees drug and food safety.
For Rosa, her work has been and will always be about helping people. That is why Congresswoman DeLauro believes our first priority must be to strengthen our economy and create good middle-class jobs. She supports tax cuts for working and middle-class families, fought to expand the Child Tax Credit to provide tax relief to millions of families, and introduced legislation to help grow our economy by making smart, innovative investments in our infrastructure and helping manufacturing businesses to succeed.
As the ranking member dealing with appropriations for Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education, Rosa is determined to increase support for education and innovation, to fully implement the new healthcare reform law, to protect the rights of employees and unions, and to raise living standards. Rosa has led the fight in Congress to achieve full pay equity for women and to ensure that all employees have access to paid sick days.
Rosa believes that we have a moral obligation to our nation's veterans and their families, and her concern for these heroes extends to both their physical and mental well-being. Rosa supports a transformation in how the Department of Veterans Affairs is funded, including advanced appropriations for health services, to ensure its fiscal soundness; and she successfully championed legislation to guarantee that troops deploying to combat theaters get the mental health screening they need both before and after deployment as well as championed legislation that now provides assistance to today's post-9/11 veterans choosing to pursue on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs.
Soon after earning degrees from Marymount College and Columbia University, Rosa followed her parents' footsteps into public service, serving as the first Executive Director of EMILY'S List, a national organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected office; Executive Director of Countdown '87, the national campaign that successfully stopped U.S. military aid to the Nicaraguan Contras; and as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd. In 1990, Rosa was elected to the House of Representatives, and she has served as the Congresswoman from Connecticut's 3rd District since.
Rosa is married to Stanley Greenberg, President of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, a public issues research firm. Their children—Anna, Kathryn, and Jonathan Greenberg— all are grown and pursuing careers. They have four grandchildren, Rigby, Teo, Sadie, and Jasper.
U.S. Representative Jim Himes represents Connecticut’s Fourth District and is currently serving his third term in Congress. He is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services.
Representative Himes grew up as the child of a single working mother in a small town. As a member of Congress, he works hard to provide all American children the same opportunities he had to succeed: access to a first-rate public education, affordable and effective health care, a decent and safe home, and a supportive community.
Born in Lima
in 1966 to American parents, Representative Himes spent the early years of his childhood in Peru
while his father worked for the Ford Foundation and UNICEF. As an American abroad, he grew up fluent in both Spanish and English and was raised with an awareness of the unique position of the United States
in the world. After his parents divorced, he moved with his mother and sisters to the United States
Representative Himes graduated from Hopewell Valley Central High School and then attended Harvard University. After completing his undergraduate work, he earned a Rhodes Scholarship, which enabled him to attend Oxford University in England. There he continued his studies of Latin America, which included research in El Salvador.
Prior to his service in Congress, Representative Himes ran the New York City branch of the Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing the unique challenges of urban poverty. His team led the way in financing the construction of thousands of affordable housing units in the greater New York metropolitan region, often using new green technologies to achieve energy efficiency and reduce utility costs.
Representative Himes' experience at Enterprise spurred his involvement in politics. Putting his expertise in affordable housing to work, he served as a commissioner of the Greenwich Housing Authority, ultimately chairing the board and leading it through a much-needed program of reforms. He went on to become an elected member of his town's finance board, setting tax and budget policy for Greenwich. He has also served as Chair of his local Democratic Town Committee, organizing others in the community to become more active in the political process.
Representative Himes began his professional career at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he worked his way up to vice president over the course of a 12-year career. There he worked extensively in Latin America and headed the bank’s telecommunications technology group.
Representative Himes lives in Greenwich with his wife, Mary, and two daughters, Emma and Linley.
Elizabeth Esty is the U.S. Representative for the 5th Congressional District of Connecticut. The district spans northwest and central Connecticut and includes Danbury, Litchfield County, the Farmington Valley, Meriden, and her hometown of Cheshire, as well as the Naugatuck Valley.
Elizabeth was elected to Congress on November 6, 2012. She serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Esty also serves on the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.
Elizabeth knows that job creation and economic development are top priority for the residents of the 5th District. She's committed to reinvigorating the district's manufacturing tradition through investments in infrastructure, research and development, and job training. She is also a strong proponent of helping small businesses and promoting the green jobs of the future in the 5th District.
As the representative for Newtown, CT, Elizabeth believes it is critical for our country to address gun violence and make a strong commitment to keeping families safe. That means sensible gun policies - reinstatement of the federal assault weapons ban, closing the gun show loophole and placing a ban on high-capacity magazine clips - as well as making a firm and lasting commitment to mental health services. It has been made clear by law enforcement, first responders, mental health professionals, and community leaders in Newtown, across Connecticut, and around the country that Congress must take comprehensive action.
Elizabeth served in the Connecticut General Assembly (2009-2011) and the Cheshire Town Council (2005-2008) where she made her mark as an advocate for responsible budgeting and job creation. On the Town Council, she worked to balance the budget while providing property tax relief to seniors and ensuring strong funding for public schools. In the General Assembly, Elizabeth cut her own pay, returning 10% of her salary to taxpayers. When a local plant closed in her hometown, laying off 1,000 skilled workers, Elizabeth fought for job placements or early retirement packages for the workers.
Elizabeth has acted on her lifetime commitment to equality and fairness. As an attorney at Sidley Austin, she authored Supreme Court briefs for medical providers to protect access to reproductive health services. In the state legislature, she proudly voted for full marriage rights and benefits for gay couples.
Elizabeth graduated from Harvard University in 1981 and earned her law degree from Yale Law School in 1985. After clerking for U.S. District Judge Robert Keeton of Massachusetts, she joined the firm of Sidley Austin and served as a member of the Supreme Court bar. She later went on to work in health care and Medicare policy as a Senior Research scholar at Yale and to teach as an adjunct professor at American University.
Elizabeth lives in Cheshire with her husband of 28 years, Dan Esty. The mother of three - Sara, Thomas, and Jonathan - Elizabeth has spent evenings and weekends at PTA meetings, soccer fields, and hockey rinks. She is thankful for the opportunity to serve her church and her community, working with the local Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters, Land Trust, Cheshire Public Library, and the United Way.
Donald E. Williams, Jr., was elected by his fellow senators to serve as President Pro Tempore, the highest-ranking legislator in the Connecticut General Assembly, in July 2004. Senator Williams has developed a reputation as a thoughtful, effective legislator who has successfully passed a variety of cutting-edge reforms.
He has led bipartisan efforts to promote economic development, strengthen education, protect children, reduce gun violence, and improve our environment. In response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Senator Williams joined Democratic and Republican leaders in 2013 to draft and pass the nationally recognized Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety.
Senator Williams authored the Jobs for the 21st Century legislation that assists job growth, research and development, and economic investment. He helped secure resources to lessen the achievement gap at K-12 schools and increased financial aid for working class college students. Senator Williams spearheaded the transformation of the campuses at UCONN, Connecticut state universities, and our community colleges.
Regarding health care, Senator Williams launched the HealthFirst initiative that expands coverage for children in the HUSKY program, increases doctor and dentist participation, and assists school-based health clinics. He created the Office of the Healthcare Advocate to ensure fairness for Connecticut residents of all income levels.
While Chair of the Environment Committee, he led the successful fight to clean up the "Sooty Six" power plants that polluted Connecticut's air. The Community Investment Act that Senator Williams authored provides resources for farmland preservation, open space acquisition, historic preservation, and affordable housing.
In 2006, he won a landmark victory over the junk food industry with the passage of legislation that bans the sale of soda and other unhealthy beverages in schools and made Connecticut a national leader in preventing childhood obesity. As Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Williams authored legislation creating the Office of the Child Advocate to help protect children in state custody and the Office of the Victim Advocate to uphold the rights of victims of crime. He helped create a historic, publicly funded campaign finance system in 2005 in order to reduce the influence of special interests in government.
Senator Williams has represented the 29th Senate District of Northeastern Connecticut since 1993. He has worked as an attorney, journalist, educator, and, prior to his election to the State Senate, he served as first selectman of the town of Thompson. He graduated from Syracuse University and earned his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. Senator Williams is married to Laura Williams and has a daughter, Nina. Website: www.senatorwilliams.cga.ct.gov.
Senator Martin M. Looney is in his fifth term as Senate Majority Leader, having first been elected to that leadership post in 2003. He is also Chair of the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee and Vice Chair of the Legislative Management Committee. Since being elected to the State Senate in 1992, he has spent six years as Senate Chair of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee; he has also served as Chair of the Banks Committee, Chair of the Bonding Subcommittee, and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee. He represents the 11th District, which includes parts of New Haven and Hamden.
During his six-term tenure as State Representative, beginning in 1981, Senator Looney was appointed an Assistant Majority Leader and served as Chair of the Planning and Development Committee, the Government Administration and Elections Committee, and the Appropriations Judicial Subcommittee, and as Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee.
While serving as Majority Leader of the Senate, he has received many awards and accolades. Recently he received the 2010 Senator Christopher Dodd Award from the AFL-CIO, the 2011 Education Champion from the Amistad Academy, the 2011 Irving Stolberg Memorial Award for Leadership from the CT Network to Abolish the Death Penalty, and the 2011 Kica Matos award for Leadership from Junta for Progressive Action.
Other associations that have recently honored the Senator include: The American Lung Association, Autism Speaks, CT Association for Human Services, the CT Dental Association, AARP, the MS Society, Coalition for Working Families, CT Society of Eye Physicians, FLECHAS, Hill Health Center, Youth Continuum, Hospital of St. Raphael, ACES, and Life Haven.
Senator Looney is a graduate of Saint Rose School in New Haven, Notre Dame High School, and is a cum laude graduate of Fairfield University, where at commencement he was awarded Departmental Honors in English and Theology. He was selected as a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow for graduate study and earned a master's degree in English from the University of Connecticut.
He received his J.D. in 1985 from the University of Connecticut School of Law and, since his admission to the Connecticut Bar in 1985, has been engaged in the general practice of law. He is a partner in the law firm of Keyes, Looney. He is also a practitioner in residence with the Criminal Justice Program in the Department of Public Safety at the University of New Haven in West Haven and is an adjunct faculty member in the Political Science Department at Quinnipiac University in Hamden.
Senator Looney resides in New Haven with his wife, Ellen. They have a grown son and a grandson.
John McKinney (R-28) is serving his eighth term in the Connecticut State Senate representing the towns of Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, and Weston. He was elected Minority Leader of the Senate in 2007 where he has fought to lower taxes, create jobs, and eliminate wasteful government spending.
Over the past six years, John has co-authored several "No Tax Increase" balanced budget proposals consistent with his vision of a leaner, more effective state government. He played an instrumental role in passing bipartisan jobs legislation in 2012, which helped streamline the state permitting process and provided incentives to expand small businesses and businesses that hire veterans off the unemployment rolls. A champion of inner-city economic development, he has also been named Legislator of the Year by the Bridgeport Regional Business Council.
In the tradition of his father, the late Congressman Stewart B. McKinney (CT-4), John is at the forefront of state efforts to end homelessness and increase access to affordable housing, and he has been recognized as an Environmental Hero by the League of Conservation Voters for his ongoing commitment to preserving Connecticut's open spaces and cleaning up Long Island Sound.
John has been Newtown, Connecticut's state senator for more than 14 years. In the wake of the December 14, 2012, tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, John led efforts to create a bipartisan legislative task force that passed comprehensive legislation aimed at reducing gun violence, strengthening school security, and improving the way Connecticut identifies and treats mental illness. He was successful in passing legislation to help protect the privacy rights of victims' families by exempting graphic crime scene photos of murdered victims from public disclosure requirements. And he helped ensure state resources will be available to rebuild Sandy Hook Elementary School if federal funding is not approved.
John served on the Transportation Committee for nine years, leading efforts to address the long-term challenges of increasing traffic congestion and rising gasoline prices.
In 2007, he helped author and pass Jessica's Law for Connecticut establishing strong mandatory minimum jail sentences for convicted child sex offenders and online child predators.
John was raised in Fairfield and is the youngest of five children of the late Congressman Stewart B. McKinney and his wife, Lucie. John graduated from Fairfield Prep in 1982, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1986, and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law, with honors, in 1994. Prior to being elected to the General Assembly, John practiced law at Cummings and Lockwood and was a law clerk to Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Richard N. Palmer.
John is actively involved in several nonprofit organizations. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Women and Families in Bridgeport. He currently serves on the boards of the Westport/Weston Family YMCA and Operation Hope. He is a past member of the vestry of Trinity Church in Southport. John and his family help provide housing and care for people with AIDS through the Stewart B. McKinney Foundation.
Senator McKinney lives in Fairfield with his three children, Matthew, Graysen, and Kate.
Speaker of the House J. Brendan Sharkey has served the people of Hamden in the State Legislature since 2001. He represents the 88th District, which is located entirely within the town of Hamden. Following his re-election to a seventh term in 2012, his colleagues elected him as their Speaker of the House for the 2013-2014 legislative session.
During his tenure in the legislature, Speaker Sharkey has served as Chairman of the Committee on Planning and Development and Chairman of the Program Review and Investigations Committee. He has also served as Majority Leader and was a long-time member of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee.
As House Majority Leader, Speaker Sharkey co-chaired the Jobs Growth Roundtable. The workgroup of business, labor, educators, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists focused on setting a strategic direction to strengthen the state's economy, create jobs, and lay the groundwork for future, stable, long-term growth. That work formed the basis of the Special Session on Jobs in the fall of 2011.
Speaker Sharkey has become a statewide leader on the issues of smart growth, regionalism, and property tax reform. In 2008, he created the Smart Growth Working Group that brought together statewide leaders on a bipartisan basis to adopt planning principles that coordinate the areas of economic development, housing, transportation, and environmental policy. As a result of those efforts, these "smart growth" principles are now the law in Connecticut as part of the state's comprehensive plan of development.
In 2010, Speaker Sharkey chaired the Speaker's Commission on Municipal Opportunity and Regional Efficiency (MORE), which produced legislation that reduces the state's reliance on the property tax through regional coordination and economic development planning among Connecticut towns. Through these legislative efforts, Connecticut now has eight regional districts developing common economic development plans that will form the basis for increased cooperation and cost saving. Speaker Sharkey reinstituted the MORE Commission in 2013 as a bipartisan and bicameral commission expected to make further recommendations to the legislature.
Prior to his time in the General Assembly, Speaker Sharkey served as the Director of Governmental Operations for the town of Hamden and later started his own consulting firm specializing in zoning and permit expediting for national companies. He also continues to practice land use law and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Hamden Chamber of Commerce.
The youngest of seven children, Speaker Sharkey was born in Orange, New Jersey, and moved to Connecticut in 1971 at the age of nine. He attended Fairfield College Preparatory School and Georgetown University, where he graduated in 1984 with a bachelor of arts in English/Philosophy. After serving with the Jesuit International Volunteers in Belize, Speaker Sharkey subsequently graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1989.
State Representative Joe Aresimowicz was first elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in 2004 to represent the 30th Assembly District of Berlin and Southington. Joe is now serving his fifth term in the House where he serves as Majority Leader.
Honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserve where he served as a combat medic for almost a decade, veterans' issues are very important to Joe. He served on the Veterans' Affairs Committee.
Prior to joining the legislature, Joe served three terms on the Berlin Town Council.
Joe has been recognized by a variety of groups including the American Legion, the Connecticut State Firefighter Association, the YMCA, and the Connecticut Working Families Party. He received a perfect score from the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters for his support and advocacy of environmental initiatives.
Community and public service are very important to Joe. He is the Berlin High School Assistant Football Coach and has directed Berlin Midget Football for the past 14 years. He has also coached Berlin Little League and the New Britain Rising Stars AAU Basketball team.
When not at the legislature, Joe is the Education Coordinator for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 4.
A lifelong Berlin resident, Joe attended public schools in Berlin through high school.
Married for over 20 years, Joe and his wife, Crystal, live on Lower Street. Joe and Crystal are the proud parents of three children, Michael, who attends Southern Connecticut State University, and Ryan and Kaitlynn, who attend Berlin public schools.
Larry Cafero of Norwalk was again selected by his colleagues to be the House Republican Leader for a fourth term following the 2012 elections. He previously served as Deputy Leader for six terms. He has made fiscal responsibility, public safety, quality education, and common sense hallmarks of the House Republican agenda.
Representative Cafero was instrumental in getting Republicans to embrace the Common Sense Commitment to Connecticut for running state government, a five-point plan to put Connecticut back on solid fiscal ground. The approach relies on reducing state spending and less borrowing, making government smaller and more responsive to its residents, and achieving greater efficiencies throughout Connecticut's bureaucracy.
The result was that the House Republican caucus picked up 15 new seats during the 2010 election cycle, the largest single increase for any caucus since the elimination of the party line voting lever in 1986.
As House Leader, Representative Cafero and his fellow Republicans were successful in pushing through a No Tax Increase Budget in his first term in 2007 while committing record investments in long-term state education upgrades.
The Do Something Budget Representative Cafero authored in the spring of 2008 would have eliminated the state's deficit at that time without raising taxes and mitigated Connecticut's ongoing fiscal problems.
The caucus has crafted alternative budgets each year under Representative Cafero's leadership that included no tax increases while reducing the size of state government.
A lifelong resident of Norwalk, he was a member of the Board of Education for six years and left his post as Chairman when he was elected to the state House of Representatives from the 142nd House District in 1992.
Throughout his legislative career Representative Cafero has been instrumental in crafting legislation to support education. He has previously served as the Ranking Republican House member of the Education Committee and was a member of the Judicial, Appropriations, and Labor committees.
Representative Cafero has authored legislation toughening the state's drunk driving laws and stiffening the penalty against those who use "date rape" drugs to commit sexual assaults.
As the Expulsion Hearing Officer for the Norwalk school system, Representative Cafero sees firsthand the difficulties that our children and their families confront just getting through everyday life. His approach has been to mix in compassion and understanding for each individual that comes before him, balanced by what is in the best interests of the entire school community.
In Norwalk, Representative Cafero has spearheaded numerous fundraising drives for local nonprofit organizations and charitable campaigns and also helped found the Side-by-Side Community Charter School.
Larry is a graduate of Norwalk High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and earned his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law. He is a partner with the law firm of Brown, Rudnick, in Hartford.
He lives in Norwalk with his wife, Barbara, where they have raised their three children, Jacqueline, Christopher, and Nicholas.
THE SUPREME COURT
Seated, left to right: Justice Flemming L. Norcott, Jr., Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers, Justice Richard N. Palmer; Standing, left to right: Justice Carmen E. Espinosa, Justice Dennis G. Eveleigh, Justice Peter T. Zarella, Justice Andrew J. McDonald, Senior Justice Christine S. Vertefeuille.
CONNECTICUT SUPREME COURT
CHIEF JUSTICE CHASE T. ROGERS
Born Nov. 12, 1956, Manhattan, New York; Education: Roger Ludlowe High School, 1975; B.A., Stanford University, 1979; J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1983; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1983; Member, U.S. District Court, Connecticut, 1983; Associate, Cummings & Lockwood, 1983-91; Partner, Cummings & Lockwood, 1992-98; Judge, Superior Court, 1998-06; Associate Judge, Appellate Court, Mar. 15, 2006-Apr. 24, 2007; Chief Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court, Apr. 25, 2007. Faculty Member, Connecticut Judge's Institute, 1999, 2004, 2006; Member, Detention Crowding Oversight Committee, 2000; Member, Committee on Lawyer Advertising, 2005-06; Civil Division Task Force, 2003-06; Superior Court Executive Committee, 2003-06; Member, Connecticut Bar Foundation Nominating Committee, 2007-present; Member, Board of Directors for the Conference of Chief Justices, 2008-11; Member, Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute, 2010-present; Member, National Center for State Courts Expanding Court Access to Justice Project Advisory Committee, 2012-present; Member, Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States, 2012-15; Ex Officio Member, American Law Institute; Ex Officio Member, Commission on Official Legal Publications; Ex Officio Director, Connecticut Bar Foundation. Adjunct Professor, University of Connecticut School of Law, 2012; Honorary degree, Quinnipiac University School of Law, 2010; Honorary degree, University of Hartford, 2011.
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE FLEMMING L. NORCOTT, JR.
Born Oct. 11, 1943, New Haven, Connecticut; Education: The Taft School, 1961; B.A., Columbia University, 1965; J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1968; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1968; LL.D. (Hon.), University of New Haven, 1993; (Hon.), Albertus Magnus College, 2004; Thurgood Marshall Award, Quinnipiac Law School Black Law Students Association, 2006; Southern Connecticut State University Award of the President's Medal, 2008; Lincoln College of New England (Honorary degree of law, 2010); Martin Luther King Day Award presented by the State of Connecticut Martin Luther King Commission, 2011; Quinnipiac University (Doctor of Laws, 2011); Peace Corps Volunteer (Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya); 2002 U.S. Peace Corps Franklin H. Williams Award; Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation Legal Staff; Assistant Attorney General, United States Virgin Islands; Co-Founder and Executive Director, Center for Advocacy, Research and Planning, Inc. (New Haven); Hearing Examiner, Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities; Lecturer, Yale Law School and Yale College; Lecturer, University of New Haven, Criminal Justice Program; Board of Governors, University of New Haven (Emeritus); Eastern Collegiate Football Officials Association; New Haven Football Officials Association; Associate Fellow, Calhoun College, Yale University; Golden Key National Honor Society; Member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; Sigma Pi Phi (Beta Tau Boule) Fraternity; Connecticut Bar Foundation Fellow; Judge, Superior Court, 1979-87; Judge, Appellate Court, 1987-92; Associate Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court, Jul. 14, 1992; Administrative Judge of the Appellate System, January, 2011 to present.
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE RICHARD N. PALMER
Born May 27, 1950, Hartford, Connecticut; Education: Wethersfield High School, 1968; B.A., Trinity College, Phi Beta Kappa, 1972; J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, with high honors, 1977; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1977; Member, U.S. District Court, Connecticut, 1978; U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 1980; U.S. Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit), 1981; Law Clerk to U.S. District (now 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals) Judge Jon O. Newman, 1977-78; Associate, Shipman and Goodwin, 1978-80; Assistant United States Attorney for Connecticut, 1980-83, 1987-90; Partner, Chatigny and Palmer, 1984-86; United States Attorney for Connecticut, 1991; Chief State's Attorney for Connecticut, 1991-93; Associate Justice, Supreme Court, Mar. 17, 1993; Chair, Criminal Justice Commission; Member and Past President, Board of Directors, The Fund for Greater Hartford (formerly The Hartford Courant Foundation); Member, Board of Directors, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Connecticut, Inc.; Co-Chair, Federal-State Council; Member, Board of Directors, Justice Education Center; Life Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation; Chair, Judicial Branch Public Access Task Force, May-Sept., 2006; Chair, Client Security Fund Committee, 2000-06; Member, Executive Committee of the Superior Court, 2000-12; Visiting Lecturer, Ethics and Litigation, Yale Law School (2006-08); Adjunct Faculty, Ethics and Criminal Law, Quinnipiac School of Law (1998-08).
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE PETER T. ZARELLA
Born Oct. 13, 1949, Boston, Massachusetts; Education: Xavier High School, Concord, Massachusetts, 1967; B.S., Northeastern University, Massachusetts, 1972; J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1975; Honorary Doctor of Law degree, Suffolk University Law School; Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, 1975; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1977; Member, U.S. District Court, Massachusetts, 1976; U.S. District Court, Connecticut, 1977; U.S. Court of Appeals, (2nd Circuit), 1985; U.S. Supreme Court, 1985; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1990; Private Law Practice, 1977-96; Connecticut Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, Executive Committee, 1985-90; Connecticut Bar Association, Banking Law Committee, 1990-94; Incorporator, Stowe Day Foundation, 1985-95; Town of West Hartford, Ethics Commission, 1992-95; Town of West Hartford, Charter Revision Commission, 1995-96; Town Chairman, Republican Party, Town of West Hartford, 1992-96; Judge, Superior Court, 1996-00; Judge, Appellate Court, Jan. 3, 2000; Associate Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court, Jan. 22, 2001; Chair, Criminal Justice Commission, Feb. 2001-Feb. 2006; Chair, Rules Committee, Sept. 2001-Dec. 2010; Founder and Member, Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society, Jul. 2005-present; Supreme Court Liaison to Probate Court on Probate Court Rules, 2011-present; Executive Committee, Judges of Superior Court, 2013-present.
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE DENNIS G. EVELEIGH
Born Oct. 2, 1947, Stamford, Connecticut; Education: Rippowam High School, Stamford, 1965; A.B., Wittenberg University, 1969; J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, with high honors, 1972, Member, Connecticut Law Review; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1972; Attorney, Goldstein & Peck, Bridgeport, 1972-85; Private Practice, Stamford, 1985-98; Judge, Superior Court, 1998-10; Chief Administrative Judge for Civil Matters, 2009-10; Associate Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court, June 1, 2010; Past Chairman, Complex Litigation Committee of the Public Service and Trust Commission; Member, Strategic Plan Implementation Committee, Teleconferencing Committee, External Affairs Advisory Board; Judges' Advisory Committee on E-Filing and the Civil Commission; Current Chair, Superior Court Rules Committee.
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE ANDREW J. MCDONALD
Born March 11, 1966, Stamford, CT; Education: A.B., Cornell University, 1988; J.D. with honors, University of Connecticut School of Law, 1991; Associate Attorney and Partner, Pullman & Comley, LLC, 1991-11; Member, Stamford Board of Finance, 1995-99, Co-Chair of the Audit Committee, 1995-97, Chairman, 1997-99; Director of Legal Affairs and Corporation Counsel, City of Stamford, 1999-02; State Senator representing the 27th District and Senate Chairman, Judiciary Committee, 2003-11; Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, 2005-11; General Counsel to the Office of the Governor for the State of Connecticut, 2011-13; Associate Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court, 2013-present.
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE CARMEN ELISA ESPINOSA
Born February 27, 1949, Yabucoa, Puerto Rico; Education: New Britain Senior High School, 1967; B.S., Central Connecticut State University, 1971; M.A., Brown University, 1973; J.D., George Washington University, 1976; Admitted to the District of Columbia Bar, 1976; U.S. Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit), 1982; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1986; U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1986; Teacher, Spanish and French, Junior High School, 1972-73; Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1976-80; Assistant United States Attorney, District of Connecticut, 1980-92; Judge, Superior Court, 1992-11; Judge, Appellate Court, Mar. 16, 2011-Mar. 5, 2013; Associate Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court, Mar. 6, 2013-present. Member, Judicial Branch Speakers Bureau, 1996-present; Former Member, Judicial Education Committee; Faculty at Judicial Institutes; Former Member, Client Security Fund Committee; Former Member, the Sentence Review Division of the Superior Court.
SENIOR JUSTICE CHRISTINE S. VERTEFEUILLE
Born Dec. 10, 1950, New Britain, Connecticut; Education: Northfield School, 1969; B.A., Trinity College, 1972; J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, 1975; J.D. (Hon.), Quinnipiac University School of Law, 2006; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1975; Private Practice, 1975-89; Executive Committee, Real Property Section, Connecticut Bar Association, 1988-89; Cheshire Commission on Handicapped and Disabled, 1988-89; Alternate Member, Waterbury and New Haven Grievance Panels, 1985-89; Judge, Superior Court, 1989-99; Presiding Judge, Connecticut silicone gel breast implant cases, 1993-99; Administrative Judge, Waterbury Judicial District, 1994-99; Complex Litigation Judge, 1999; Recipient, 1995 Judicial Award, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association; Faculty, Connecticut Judges Institute; Judge, Appellate Court, Sept. 13, 1999-Jan. 3, 2000; Associate Justice, Supreme Court, Jan. 3, 2000-May 31, 2010; Administrative Judge of the Appellate System, Jun. 1, 2000-Jul. 31, 2006; Senior Justice, June 1, 2010-present.
THE APPELLATE COURT
Seated, left to right: Judge Robert E. Beach, Jr., Judge F. Herbert Gruendel, Chief Judge Alexandra D. DiPentima, Judge Douglas S. Lavine, Judge Richard A. Robinson; Standing, left to right: Judge Michael R. Sheldon, Judge Bethany J. Alvord, Judge Stuart D. Bear, Judge Christine E. Keller.
CONNECTICUT APPELLATE COURT
CHIEF JUDGE ALEXANDRA D. DIPENTIMA
Born Apr. 18, 1953, Sharon, Connecticut; Education: A.B., Princeton University, 1975; J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, 1979; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1979; Member, U.S. District Court, Connecticut, 1980; U.S. Court of Appeals, (2nd Circuit), 1983; U.S. Supreme Court, 1987; Staff Attorney, Connecticut Legal Services, Inc., Willimantic, 1979-81; Attorney and Principal (from 1985), Moller, Horton and Rice, P.C., 1981-83; Chair, Young Lawyers' Section, Connecticut Bar Association, 1989-90; Treasurer, 1993-94, Board of Directors, 1990-93, Hartford County Bar Association; Member, Superior Court Rules Committee, 1995-00; Member, Judicial Education Committee, 1997-08; President, Connecticut Judges Association, 2001-02; Chair, Public Service and Trust Commission, 2007-present; Chair, Committee To Expedite Child Protection Appeals, 2010-11; Connecticut Bar Association Pro Bono Award, 1992; Connecticut Bar Association Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award, 2010; University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award, 2011; Adjunct Professor, University of Connecticut School of Law, Connecticut Civil Procedure, 2012; Co-Author, Connecticut Practice Book Annotated (West 4th Ed.); Judge, Superior Court, 1993-03; Administrative Judge, Litchfield Judicial District, 1998-03; Judge, Appellate Court Judge, May 13, 2003; Chief Judge, Appellate Court, March 29, 2010-present.
JUDGE F. HERBERT GRUENDEL
Born Mar. 6, 1946, Montclair, New Jersey; Education: A.B., Drew University, 1969; M.A., University of Maryland, 1971; M.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1974; Ed.M., Rutgers University, 1976; J.D., University of Connecticut, 1984; Bush Fellow, Yale University, 1983-84; Hartford Seminary; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1984; Member, U.S. District Court, Connecticut, 1984; U.S. Supreme Court; Private Law Practice, 1984-98; Judge, Superior Court, 1998-05; Chief Administrative Judge, Family Division, 2000-05; Member, Governor's Commission on Children, Custody, and Divorce; Hon. Robert C. Zampano Award for Excellence in Mediation, Community Mediation, Inc., 2003; Connecticut Bar Association Pro Bono Award, 2003; Connecticut Bar Foundation, Fellow; Judge, Appellate Court, Jan. 26, 2005.
JUDGE DOUGLAS S. LAVINE
Born Dec. 9, 1950, New Rochelle, New York; Education: B.A., Colgate University, 1972; M.S.J., Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 1973; J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, 1977; LL.M., Columbia Law School, 1981; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1977; Private Practice, Shipman & Goodwin, 1981-86; Assistant United States Attorney, 1986-93; Judge, Superior Court, 1993-06; Judge, Appellate Court, 2006-present; Member, Board of Directors, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers-CT, Inc.; Member, Curriculum Subcommittee of the Connecticut Judicial Institute; Member, Judicial Media Committee, Co-Chair, 2007-11; Chair, Client Security Fund Committee.
JUDGE ROBERT E. BEACH, JR.
Born Jul. 18, 1947, Hartford, Connecticut; Education: B.A., Yale University, 1969; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1972; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1972; Member, U.S. District Court, 1972; U.S. Court of Appeals, (2nd Circuit), 1974; U.S. Supreme Court, 1976; Law Clerk, Connecticut Supreme Court, 1972-73; Assistant State's Attorney, 1973-81; Private Practice, Naab, Beach & Clendaniel, Hartford, Connecticut, 1981-93; Principal Partner, Beach and Naab, Manchester, Connecticut, 1993-96; Judge, Superior Court, 1996-07, Administrative Judge, Hartford Judicial District, 2000-05; Judge, Appellate Court, Dec. 10, 2007-present.
JUDGE RICHARD A. ROBINSON
Born Dec. 10, 1957, Stamford, Connecticut; Education: B.A., University of Connecticut, 1979; J.D., West Virginia University, School of Law, 1984; Admitted to the West Virginia Bar; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar; Member, U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia; Member, U.S. District Court, Connecticut; Staff Counsel, City of Stamford Law Department, 1985-88, Assistant Corporation Counsel, 1988-00; Judge, Superior Court, 2000-Dec. 10, 2007; Presiding Judge (Civil), New Britain Judicial District, May 2003-Sept. 2006; Presiding Judge (Civil) and Assistant Administrative Judge, Ansonia/Milford Judicial District, Sept. 2006-Sept. 2007; Presiding Judge (Civil), Stamford Judicial District, Sept. 2007-Dec. 10, 2007; Judge, Appellate Court, Dec. 10, 2007-present; President of the Stamford Branch of the NAACP, 1988-90; General Counsel for the Connecticut Conference of the NAACP, 1988-00; President of the Assistant Corporation Counsel's Union (AFSCME), 1989-00; Commissioner of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, 1997-00; Chair, Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, 1999-00; Member, New Haven Inn of Court, 2002-present; Member, Judicial Education Curriculum Committee, 2002-present; Member, Judicial Education Committee, 2003-present; Faculty at several Judicial Institutes as well as spring and fall lectures, 2003-present; Member, Civil Commission, 2005-present; Court Annexed Mediator, 2005-present; Member, Lawyers Assistance Advisory Board, 2007-present; Bench-Bar Foreclosure Committee, 2007-present; Legal Internship Committee; Chair, Advisory Committee on Cultural Competency, 2009-present; James W. Cooper Fellow, 2012.
JUDGE BETHANY J. ALVORD
Born Jun. 20, 1957, Boston, Massachusetts; Education: Wellesley High School, 1975; B.A., Colgate University, 1979; J.D., University of Connecticut, 1982; Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, 1982; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1993; Second Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1982-92; Assistant Vice President, Counsel, Aetna, Inc., 1993-98; Family Support Magistrate, 1999-02; Judge, Superior Court, 2002-09; Presiding Judge, Family, New Haven, 2007-08; Associate Judge, Appellate Court, Apr. 22, 2009; Member, Judicial Review Council, 1999-02; Family Support Magistrate Rules Committee, 2008-10; Connecticut Bar Foundation, James W. Cooper Fellow, 2009-present.
JUDGE STUART DAVID BEAR
Born May 6, 1944, New Haven, Connecticut; Education: Hamden High School; Harvard College, A.B. cum laude; Harvard Law School, Bachelor of Laws degree cum laude; Bar Admissions, State of Connecticut; U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut; U.S. Court of Appeals, (2nd Circuit); U.S. Supreme Court; Employment: New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc.; private law practice; Judge of the Superior Court, 2003-10; Presiding Judge, Superior Court for Juvenile Matters at Willimantic, Sept. 2004-Oct. 2005; Presiding Judge, Statewide Child Protection Session, Superior Court for Juvenile Matters, Sept. 2007-Aug. 2009; Judge of the Appellate Court, 2010-present.
JUDGE MICHAEL R. SHELDON
Born April 6, 1949, Schenectady, New York; Education: A.B. and Certificate of Proficiency in Russian Studies, Princeton University, 1971 (named University Scholar and Scholar of the Woodrow Wilson School); J.D., Yale Law School, 1974; Admitted to: District of Columbia Bar, 1975; U.S. District Court, D.D.C., 1975; U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Cir., 1976; U.S. District Court, N.D.N.Y., 1976; U.S. District Court, Connecticut, 1976; Connecticut Bar, 1976; U.S. Supreme Court, 1980; U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 1982; Professor of Law and Director of Criminal Clinic, University of Connecticut School of Law, 1976-91; Judge, Superior Court, 1991-11; Co-Chair, Education Committee, 2007-12; Member, Code of Evidence Oversight Committee, 2000-present; Member, Superior Court Rules Committee, 2002-06, 2007-12; Member, Civil Jury Instructions Committee, 1995-present; Former Chair, Civil Electronic Benchbook Committee; Former Member, Civil Division Task Force, 1995-2006; Vice Chair, Connecticut-Pskov Rule of Law Partnership, 2002-present; Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law, 1991-present; University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni Association Public Service Award, 2008; Connecticut Bar Association Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award, 2009; Connecticut Association of Schools Distinguished Friend of Education, 2009; Judge, Appellate Court, 2011-present.
JUDGE CHRISTINE E. KELLER
Born October 6, 1952, Hartford, Connecticut; Education: B.A., Smith College, 1974; J.D., University of Connecticut, 1977; Admitted to Connecticut Bar, 1977; Member, United States District Court, 1978; Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services, 1977-84; Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of Hartford, 1984-87; Private Practice, Ritter & Keller, 1987-89; Family Support Magistrate, 1989-93; Superior Court Judge, 1993-13; Chief Administrative Judge, Superior Court Juvenile Division, 1997-02, 2007-12; Administrative Judge, Judicial District of Hartford, 2005-07; Judge, Appellate Court, March 6, 2013; Vice President, Connecticut Judges' Association, 1998-00; Member, Governor's Commission on Judicial Reform, 2006; Member, Superior Court Rules Committee, 1997-05; Member, Judicial Review Council, 2006-08; Member, Public Access and Trust Commission, Alternatives to Court and Judicial Performance Evaluation Program Subcommittees, 2007-11; Member, Family With Service Needs Advisory Board, 2007-10; Member, Office of Child Advocate Advisory Board, 2007-12; Member, Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, 2007-12; Member, Juvenile Justice Policy Oversight Coordinating Council, 2007-12; Member, Judicial Ethics Commission, 2012-13; President, Oliver Ellsworth Chapter, Inn of Court, 2010-11; Member, Committee to Expedite Child Protection Appeals, 2010-11; Connecticut Bar Association Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award, 2008; Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation; Connecticut Juvenile Court Innovation and Leadership Award, 2012.
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