SOTS: Bios & Photos - Section II
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Bios & Photos - Section II
    

 

{Pres. Barack H. Obama}

BARACK H. OBAMA

THE PRESIDENT

Barack H. Obama is the 44th President of the United States.

His story is the American storyvalues 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. After being reelected in 2012, President Obama is currently serving his second and final term, which will end in January 2017. 

President Obama and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama.

 
{Dannel P. Malloy}

DANNEL P. MALLOY

GOVERNOR

Dannel Patrick Malloy is serving his second term as Governor of the State of Connecticut, where his top agenda items have included creating new jobs, improving public education, stabilizing the state's finances, making long-overdue investments in transportation infrastructure, and reducing crime.

During his first four-year term in office, Connecticut experienced growth in the private sector of more than 70,000 jobs, the best period of private sector job growth since the 1990s. At a time when many other states were cutting funding for public education, Governor Malloy actually increased funding to local schools and funded thousands of new pre-K slots so that all children, regardless of where they live or their family's income, have access to early childhood education.

Under his leadership, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to pass a minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour and the first to pass legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for workers. After years of trying to pass an Earned Income Tax Credit, Governor Malloy signed a bill that provides a tax break for working families. 

His administration has helped Connecticut become a national leader in implementing the Affordable Care Act, which has driven Connecticut's uninsured rate down to 3.8 percent—the lowest point in state history. Connecticut's health care exchange is now assisting other states that are interested in duplicating its model.

Governor Malloy's "Second Chance Society" criminal justice initiative is having a major impact reducing recidivism and lowering crime in the state, which is at an almost 50-year low. Collaborating with local, state, and federal agencies, in addition to community-based nonprofits and other community advocates, the initiative focuses on breaking the cycle of crime and poverty by giving people the tools needed to become successful members of society. In 2013, he was proud to sign what some have called the most comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation in the country.

Governor Malloy is the youngest of eight children. He was born and raised in Stamford, where he became the city's longest-serving mayor from 1995 to 2009. As a child, 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. After graduation, he became a prosecutor in Brooklyn, New York, serving for four years as an Assistant District Attorney and winning 22 convictions in 23 felony cases.

In 1982, he married his wife, Cathy, whom he met while they were students at Boston College. They have three sons: Dannel, Ben, and Sam.

Growing up, his mothera nursetold him that he has an obligation to leave this world a better place for having lived in it. Throughout his career, he has routinely returned to his mother's words as inspiration to help others overcome obstacles and take on challenges the way his parents and schoolteachers helped him overcome his disabilities and reach his goals.

 
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NANCY WYMAN

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, a former x-ray technician, was elected in 2014 to serve her second term as Connecticut's 108th Lieutenant Governor. She began a career in public service more than 30 years ago when she successfully sought a seat on the Tolland Board of Education.

After serving eight years on the Tolland BOE, Wyman was elected to four terms in the State House of Representatives where she was the chair of the Education Committee and held a leadership position on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education.

In 1994, she was the first woman ever elected State Comptroller. For 16 years, she advocated on behalf of taxpayers for fiscal responsibility and accountability.

Beginning in 2010 and throughout their first term in office, Lieutenant Governor Wyman has been a true partner to Governor Dannel P. Malloy in the work to bolster statewide economic recovery and build a strong foundation for growth, long-term stability, and prosperity.

She is the Chair of the Board of Access Health CT, Connecticut's official health insurance marketplace. Created in 2011 to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act, Access Health CT is recognized nationally as one of the best health exchanges in the country, with other states implementing Connecticut's technology. It is credited with driving down Connecticut's uninsured rate to among the lowest in the country.

One of Lt. Governor Wyman's highest priorities is the welfare of Connecticut's military and veterans. In 2007, she spearheaded the effort to establish Connecticut's Wall of Honor, a tribute at the State Capitol that honors the military men and women who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq. She chairs the Rocky Hill Veterans Home advisory group and works closely with the Connecticut National Guard to support service members and their families.

The Lieutenant Governor also chairs the Interagency Council to End the Achievement Gap and the Governor's Youth and Urban Violence Commission.

Lt. Governor Wyman 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. She is prominent in efforts to raise funds for breast cancer research, has been closely involved with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the National Kidney Foundation, and the American Heart Association.

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.

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DENISE W. MERRILL

SECRETARY OF THE STATE

 
Denise W. Merrill was elected to her second term as Connecticut's 73rd Secretary of the State on November 4, 2014. As Connecticut's chief elections official and business registrar, Merrill has focused on modernizing Connecticut's elections and improving business services and access to public records. 
 
Secretary Merrill is focused on both civic engagement and fostering business enterprise. Since taking office, she has supported and expanded democratic participation, ensuring that every citizen's rights and privileges are protected, and that every vote is counted accurately. Secretary Merrill has worked to expand voter participation through Election Day and online voter registration. She has also improved Connecticut's democratic accountability and integrity with a series of rapid response processes to Election Day problems. In 2015, she was elected by her peers to serve as President of the National Association of Secretaries of State for the 2016-2017 term.  
 
As Connecticut's business registrar, Secretary Merrill has made it easier for businesses to interact with the office by increasing online functionality, improving response times, and connecting businesses with government resources. She has partnered with the U.S. Dept. of Commerce Export Assistance Center, the General Services Administration, and the Small Business Development Administration to distribute information about business assistance and educational events being offered by these agencies. Secretary Merrill also launched an award-winning online business startup tool to help entrepreneurs navigate through various state and federal agencies. She also led the development of Connecticut's e-Regulations system, and an online platform that provides access to all agency regulation-making records with real-time updates.
 
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, Merrill rose to the rank of House Majority Leader from 2009-2011. She also served as the House Chair of the budget-writing Appropriations Committee from 2005-2009, as vice-chair of the Education Committee from 1994-1999, and as a member of the Government Administration and Elections Committee from 1995-1997. In a 2009 poll done by Connecticut magazine, Majority Leader Merrill was named by her colleagues in the legislature as "Most Respected by the Other Side of the Aisle" and "Most Effective Legislator."
 
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 husband Dr. Stephen Leach and his two sons, her three grown children, and four grandchildren.  
 
 

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DENISE L. NAPPIER

TREASURER

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, 2010, and 2014, Treasurer Nappier is also the only woman to be elected State Treasurer in Connecticut history.

As Connecticut's chief elected financial officer, Treasurer Nappier oversees approximately $56 billion in state funds, including the $29 billion Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds (CRPTF). The Treasury's Short-Term Investment Fund, with assets of $5 billion as of December 2015, 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 approximately $200 million through December 2015 in additional interest income.

A strong advocate for expanding economic opportunity, Treasurer Nappier invested $453 million under the Connecticut Community Bank and Credit Union Initiative that her administration created in 2006 to promote the economic and social health of the communities it serves.

Treasurer Nappier also established the $1.3 billion Connecticut Horizon Fund investment program, aimed at enhancing portfolio returns through innovative investment strategies while providing opportunities for Connecticut-based and emerging investment firmsas well as women and minority owned firmsto earn business under the Fund.

In 2015, Treasurer Nappier initiated a $145 million Connecticut-focused investment program within the CRPTF, designed to generate solid returns while stimulating the state's economy. This new initiative will make private investments in Connecticut companies at various stages of development, from mature to newly created businesses.

During the Nappier administration, the Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET), Connecticut's 529 college savings program, has grown from $18 million in assets and just over 4,000 accounts to more than $2.6 billion in assets and more than 110,000 accounts in two trust plansCHET Direct (marketed directly to individuals) and CHET Advisor (available through financial advisors). Over $1.2 billion in qualified withdrawals have been made to fund the college expenses of roughly 35,000 students attending nearly every public and private college in Connecticut and several out-of-state schools.

The Nappier administration has shattered numerous all-time records in returning more than $583 million in unclaimed assets to rightful owners while collecting over $1.6 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 17 consecutive years, saving Connecticut businesses $1.1 billion, including $110 million in projected savings in Fiscal Year 2016. Treasurer Nappier's careful management of the state's debt portfolio has saved taxpayers more than $1 billion through debt refunding and defeasances of higher-cost debt. In addition, under an asset recovery and loss prevention initiative, the Nappier administration has recovered and/or saved nearly $1 billion, including recovery of approximately $44 million since 2000 in securities class action matters.

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 and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. 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.

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KEVIN LEMBO

COMPTROLLER

 
 
Kevin Lembo was elected to a second four-year term as Connecticut's State Comptroller in 2014 following 20 years of public service and advocacy.
 
A native of Paterson, NJ, Lembo first came to public service as an independent advocate. Working across all 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.
 
In 2004, Lembo was appointed Connecticut's first state Healthcare Advocate where he helped thousands of residents navigate 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 with an emphasis on access to preventive care. Focused on consensus building across party lines, Lembo continues to lead ongoing initiatives to establish government transparency and accountability, fiscal stability through an improved Budget Reserve Fund formula, better retirement savings options for all residents, and more affordable ultra-high-speed Internet service statewide.
 
Lembo serves as the chief fiscal guardianreporting on the state's financial status every month to ensure that Connecticut's financial track is secure, coordinating health care and payroll for hundreds of thousands of public employees and retirees, and administering the statewide electronic accounting system. Advocacy groups and the media have hailed him as a "champion of transparency" for promoting public access to vital state financial information. The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information recognized Lembo's efforts with its Bice Clemow Award in 2013.
 
His transparency initiatives include "Open Connecticut"an online hub that simplifies access to real-time state financial data. Lembo also successfully advocated for greater openness surrounding hundreds of millions of dollars in economic development initiatives.
 
Lembo has led the effort for financial and operational efficiencies across state and local government, expanding use of online technologies for employee and retiree payroll and payments to vendors and municipalities. Under authority by the state legislature, Lembo launched the Connecticut Partnership Plan and the CT Partnership Pharmacy Plan that extend the state's health-care savings to municipalities.
 
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, 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. As an adoptive parent, Lembo collaborates with agencies and programs to continue his advocacy on behalf of foster care programs, and to help guide parents and families of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
 
Lembo resides in Guilford with his spouse, Charles Frey; they have three sons.
 
 
 

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GEORGE JEPSEN

ATTORNEY GENERAL

 
George Jepsen took office in 2011 as Connecticut's 24th Attorney General and was reelected in 2014. The Attorney General is a constitutional officer and the chief civil legal officer of the state. With a staff of more than 200 attorneys, the Office of the Attorney General serves as legal counsel to all state agencies.
 
The Attorney General advocates on behalf of the state and its citizens to protect the public interest; ensures state government acts within the letter and spirit of the law; protects public resources; and works to preserve and enhance quality of life in Connecticut, and to safeguard the rights of the most vulnerable citizens. On a $32 million operating budget, the Office generated $523.2 million in revenues to the state for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.
 
Jepsen has focused on reducing healthcare costs by increasing transparency and competition and preventing and deterring healthcare fraud. He advocated for stronger consumer protections in Connecticut's competitive electricity market. Among other initiatives, Jepsen created a Privacy and Data Security department to focus on data breach and privacy concerns; simplified the process for data breach reporting; consolidated staff to create an Antitrust and Government Program as a member of the Internet/Cyber Privacy and Security Committee. Government Program Fraud department and has vigorously pursued antitrust, environmental, health care, and consumer protection issues.
 
Jepsen currently serves as president-elect of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), where he also serves on the Board of Directors of the NAAG Foundation, as co-chairman of the Standing Committee on Antitrust, and as a member of the Internet Safety/Cyber Privacy and Security Committee. He served on the executive committee that negotiated a $25 billion federal-state settlement in 2012the largest in historywith the nation's five largest banks over mortgage foreclosure abuses. Connecticut played a prominent role in the e-book pricing investigation that produced settlements with five publishing companies and $166 million in consumer refunds. Connecticut also led an intensive, 20-state investigation of financial rating agency Standard & Poor's for allegedly misrepresenting its analysis of structured securities, resulting in a $1.375 billion federal-state settlement in 2015.
 
Born in Hattiesburg, MS, and raised in Greenwich, the Attorney General is a summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College where he earned a degree in government with high distinction. He is also a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, where he concurrently earned a master's degree in public policy.
 
Jepsen began practicing law as general counsel to Carpenters Local 210 and later was in private practice with several Connecticut law firms, most recently Cowdery, Ecker and Murphy, LLC of Hartford.
 
Jepsen served 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. He served as Judiciary Committee co-chairman and for six years as state Senate Majority Leader. His legislative record reflects strong advocacy for consumers, civil rights, the environment, public safety, and a fair and competitive business climate.
 
Jepsen and his wife, Diana, have two sons, Christian and William.
 
 
 
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RICHARD BLUMENTHAL

UNITED STATES SENATOR

 
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 is the Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and sits on the Senate Committee for Armed Services, Commerce, Science and Technology, Judiciary Committee, and the Special Committee on Aging.

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 multi-billion 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.
 
 
 

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CHRISTOPHER S. MURPHY

UNITED STATES SENATOR

 
Senator Christopher S. Murphy is the junior United States Senator for Connecticut. Elected in 2012, Murphy serves on the Appropriations Committee; the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee; the Foreign Relations Committee, and the Democratic Steering & Outreach 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.
 
Before 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. 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, an attorney. They have two sons named Owen and Rider.
 
 
 

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JOHN B. LARSON

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE, FIRST DISTRICT, CONNECTICUT

John is the eldest son of Ray and Pauline Larson. He grew up with his seven brothers and sisters in Mayberry Village and is proud of saying he is a product of public housing, public education, and public service. A graduate of East Hartford High School and Central Connecticut State University, Larson was also selected as a Senior Fellow at the Yale Bush Center for Child Development. He taught history at East Hartford High and would later own and operate a small, local insurance agency.

His public service includes the East Hartford Board of Education, the East Hartford Town Council, and the Connecticut State Senate where he served for twelve years. He was elected by his peers as Senate President Pro Tempore four times and authored the nation's first family medical leave act that still serves as a model today.

Throughout his career, John's focus has been on jobs, constituent service, and protecting and expanding our economy. In the last two years, his office has served over 3,200 constituent cases and hosted 22 community forums across the district. John remains committed to working across the aisle to get the job done for Connecticut. In 2015, John won key victories for manufacturing and working families, including the permanent extension of the Brady/Larson R&D Tax Credit, which allows employers to hire more workers and foster innovation in numerous fields. He also sponsored the Wrongful Convictions Tax Relief Act, which now ensures individuals who receive compensation after being wrongfully convicted of a crime are not subjected to federal taxes on those awards.

A staunch supporter of Connecticut manufacturing, John was the lead advocate to secure Pratt & Whitney as the sole source producer of engines for the F35 Joint Strike Fighter as well as the Aerial Tanker, Presidential Helicopter, and second submarine in Groton. John has worked to bring academia, labor, private industry, and government together to develop a next generation manufacturing education program with Goodwin College, Central Connecticut State University, and our Community College system. His legislation also created the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology.

John is currently fighting to protect and strengthen Social Security. Last year, he introduced the Social Security 2100 Act to cut taxes, strengthen benefits, and ensure no hardworking American can retire into poverty. The Chief Actuary of the Social Security Administration has stated that John's plan would maintain the program's solvency into the next century. 

In Congress, John sits on the influential Ways & Means Committee. He is a lifelong resident of East Hartford, where he lives with his wife Leslie. They have three children. Their oldest, Carolyn, is a teacher and their two youngest, Laura and Raymond, are currently attending college.

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JOSEPH D. COURTNEY

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE, SECOND DISTRICT, CONNECTICUT

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 and the Education and Workforce committees.

As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Congressman Courtney is the Ranking Member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. In addition, along with Rep. Rob Wittman of Virginia, he co-chairs the bipartisan Congressional Shipbuiding Caucus. As a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, he serves on the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions subcommittee, as well as the Higher Education and Workforce Training subcommittee.

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. When Courtney arrived in Congress, Electric Boat was facing significant workforce reductions, and, for the first time in fifty years, was not actively designing the next generation of submarine. Because of funding secured by Courtney through his committee work, the men and women of Electric Boat have been building two submarines per year since 2011. In addition, Courtney has secured critical resources for new design and engineering work on the replacement for the OHIO-class submarine, which has added thousands of jobs in southeastern Connecticut. This design and engineering work prompted Electric Boat to expand into the former Pfizer building in New London to accommodate its growing workforce.

Additionally, Congressman Courtney secured over $100 million in federal funding outside the President's budget for SUBASE New London. This investment will ensure that New England's largest military installation will have an enduring mission for years to come. In recognition of his work, Courtney was awarded "The Distinguished Public Service Award" from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, the highest civilian honor the Navy confers.

Since his swearing-in, Congressman Courtney has distinguished himself as a tireless advocate for both our nation's veterans and our men and women in uniform. He sucessfully fought to expand the Montgomery GI Bill for post-9/11 veterans and their families, and led the fight to extend TRICARE benefits to dependents under age 26. Congressman Courtney also fought and won support for an 18-unit supportive housing facility for homeless and at-risk veterans in Jewett City. He also 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.

Before serving in 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-Rep. Courtney served as House Chairman for both the Public Health and Human Services Committees.

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.

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ROSA DELAURO

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE, THIRD DISTRICT, CONNECTICUT

 
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 and 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 she 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 and 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 and family leave.
 
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 childrenAnna, Kathryn, and Jonathan Greenbergall are grown and pursuing careers. They have four grandchildren: Rigby, Teo, Sadie, and Jasper.
 
 
 

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JIM HIMES

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE, FOURTH DISTRICT, CONNECTICUT

 
U.S. Representative Jim Himes represents Connecticut’s Fourth District and is currently serving his fourth term in Congress. He is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
 
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, Peru, in 1966 to American parents, Representative Himes spent the early years of his childhood in Peru and Colombia 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.
 
 
 
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ELIZABETH H. ESTY

U. S. REPRESENTATIVE, FIFTH DISTRICT, CONNECTICUT

 
Elizabeth Esty is the U.S. Representative for the Fifth Congressional District of Connecticut. The district spans northwest and central Connecticut and includes Danbury, Litchfield County, the Farmington Valley, the Naugatuck Valley, Meriden, and her hometown of Cheshire.
 
Representative Esty was elected to Congress on November 6, 2012. She serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Representative Esty is also a vice chair of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.
 
Representative Esty knows that job creation and economic development are top priorities for the residents of the 5th District. She is 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.
 
Before coming to Congress, Representative Esty 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, Representative Esty fought for job placements or early retirement packages for the workers.
 
Representative Esty 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.
 
Representative Esty lives in Cheshire with her husband of 30 years, Dan Esty. The mother of three—Sarah, Thomas, and JonathanElizabeth 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.
 
 
 

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MARTIN M. LOONEY

PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE STATE SENATE

 
Martin Looney currently is in his twelfth term having been elected to the State Senate in 1992. In January of 2015, Senator Looney was elected by the members of the State Senate to serve as President Pro Tempore, the highest-ranking legislator in the Connecticut General Assembly.
 
Prior to his election as Senate President, Senator Looney served 10 years as Senate Majority Leader. During his career he served six years as Senate Chair of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee; Chairman of the Banks Committee; and one term as Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee.
 
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 received many awards and accolades. Recently he received the 2014 Coalition Crusader Award for work with domestic violence issues, the 2014 National Coalition for Capital Champion of Small Business Award, and the 2015 AARP Capitol Caregiver Award.
 
Other associations that have honored the Senator include: The American Lung Association, Autism Speaks, CT Association for Human Services, the CT Dental Association, 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 and 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 one son, Matthew, and are proud grandparents to Michael and Anna Katherine.
 
 
 

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BOB DUFF

MAJORITY LEADER OF THE STATE SENATE

 
Senator Bob Duff represents the 25th Senatorial District, which includes Norwalk and Darien. Reelected to the State Senate in 2014, he was chosen by his senate colleagues in 2015 to serve as Majority Leader. He is also Chair of the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee and Vice Chair of the Legislative Management Committee.
 
Since joining the legislature, Bob has been a tireless advocate for job creation in Connecticut. In 2015, he played a leading role in expanding the InvestCT, which has helped small businesses create and retain more than 2,600 jobs and produced a rate of return of $2.21 for every dollar invested. Bob also championed landmark jobs legislation, passed in 2011 and expanded upon in 2012, creating the Small Business Express and STEP-Up programs to connect those looking for work with small businesses.
 
Bob has earned a reputation as a consumer advocate. As Chair of the legislature's Banking Committee, Bob worked to safeguard Connecticut homeowners from the ravages of predatory lending by creating a package of assistance programs and reforms to reduce the number of home foreclosures in the state. Bob consumer advocacy continued as he went on to Chair the Energy and Technology Committee. As Chair, Bob championed two pieces of major energy legislation which taken together implement a new Comprehensive Energy Strategy for Connecticut, restructuring state support for renewable sources of electricity to provide for cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy for consumers and businesses. Additionally, he led passage of an "Electric Supplier Consumers' Bill of Rights" to address consumer complaints about spiking prices, deceptive practices and a lack of disclosure about rate and contract terms in Connecticut's electric supplier market.
 
Bob also passed consumer protection legislation to combat price gouging for services in the aftermath of extreme weather events, has been a constant watchdog for residents and small businesses and has fought to hold Metro-North accountable to commuters.
 
Bob has long been a fierce advocate for his district, helping secure funding for construction of the long-awaited Wall Street Place mixed-use development in Norwalk, the Music Theatre of Connecticut's new theatre, repairs to the Walk Bridge, and renovations to the Globe Theater and Maritime Aquarium.
 
Bob's Norwalk family ties go back five generations. After attending Norwalk Public Schools, Bob moved to Virginia to earn his degree in political science from Lynchburg College. There, Bob honed his political skills as a student senator, campus leader and intern for U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT). Once back in Norwalk he eagerly took a position as a substitute teacher from 1993 to 1995.
 
In May 2010, Bob returned to Lynchburg College to deliver the commencement address to the graduating class. During the ceremonies, Bob was awarded the degree of Doctorate of Humane Letters from his alma mater.
 
Prior to his election to the Senate, Bob represented the people of Norwalk's 137th Assembly District for three years. Bob is a real estate professional with William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty. He's helped people buy and sell property for 20 years in the Norwalk office.
 
Bob, his wife, Tracey, and their two sons live on Toilsome Avenue in Norwalk.
 
 
 
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LEONARD A. FASANO

MINORITY LEADER OF THE STATE SENATE

State Senator Len Fasano has served the 34th Senatorial District communities of Durham, East Haven, North Haven, and Wallingford since 2003. Following his reelection in 2014, the Senate Republican Caucus elected Fasano to serve as Senate Minority Leader. Fasano has previously served as Senate Deputy Minority Leader and Senate Minority Leader Pro Tempore.

Senator Fasano is an advocate of family-focused policies and is committed to making state government more cost-effective and efficient. He has a long history of bipartisan legislative accomplishments as well, including championing efforts to reform Connecticut's eminent domain laws and protect Long Island Sound, and enhancing the transparency and oversight of hospital conversions from nonprofit to for-profit institutions.

As leader of the Senate Republican Caucus, Senator Fasano has taken bold steps to enhance outreach and advance core Republican values of freedom and equality.

Senator Fasano established an urban affairs initiative within his caucus in 2014 to open up the dialogue between Republican lawmakers and Connecticut cities to identify ways to pave paths to prosperity for all and enhance educational and economic opportunities. He has also proposed plans to reform the state's justice system to reduce recidivism and give people the tools they need to succeed in all aspects of life.

Senator Fasano has also been a strong advocate for children. He was named a 2015 "Children's Champion" by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance and has proposed significant legislation to reform the state's child welfare agency to better protect, monitor, and support the children in its care.

Senator Fasano is the co-creator and was co-chair of the Bipartisan Round Table on Hospitals and Health Care, established in 2014 in partnership with Senate President Martin Looney. The Round Table was formed to reach out to policy makers, health care providers, patients, and other stakeholders to monitor the implementation of recent legislation, discuss the rapid changes in the health care market, and develop policy recommendations to help ensure continued access to affordable quality care in Connecticut. Senator Fasano, whose father was a doctor in New Haven, has advocated for legislation that seeks to remedy the problems caused by the rapid consolidation of physician practices in Connecticut and the resulting impacts on health care costs and patient choice.

Senator Fasano is the President and Founder of Fasano, Ippolito, and Lee, a law firm in New Haven. He is also an East Haven business owner. Fasano earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University in 1981, a Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac Law School in 1984, and an L.L.M. degree in taxation from Boston University Law School in 1985. He played football at Yale under legendary Coach Carm Cozza.

Senator Fasano has spent all his life in New Haven and surrounding communities. He has three adult children and currently resides in North Haven with his wife, Jill.

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J. BRENDAN SHARKEY

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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 Speaker of the House for the 2013-2014 legislative sessions, and reelected him for the 2015-2016 Legislative Sessions.

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 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, Central America, Speaker Sharkey subsequently graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1989. In June of 2014, Speaker Sharkey married Diane Reynolds, and they live in the Mount Carmel section of Hamden.

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JOE ARESIMOWICZ

MAJORITY LEADER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 
State Representative Joe Aresimowicz was first elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in 2004 to represent the 30th Assembly District, which includes Berlin and Southington. Following his reelection to a fifth term in 2012, his colleagues elected him as their Majority Leader of the House for the 2013-2014 legislative sessions. He is currently serving his sixth term as the representative for the 30th Assembly District and second term as Majority Leader of the House.
 
Honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserve, where he served as a combat medic for almost a decade, Joe places special importance on veterans' issues. During his tenure in the legislature he has served as a longtime member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee. He also has served as a member of the Public Safety and Security Committee; the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee; the Commerce Committee; and as vice chair of the Government Administration and Elections Committee.
 
During his 11 years as a state representative, Joe has received many awards and accolades. He received the 2015 CCPA Community Champion Award for his outstanding leadership in supporting community providers. He has been named a Children's Champion by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance for three consecutive years for his work to ensure that Connecticut's young children remain a legislative priority in Connecticut. He received the 2014 and 2015 AARP Legislative Achievement Awards for his leadership on retirement savings. The Connecticut River Salmon Association honored him with the 2014 President's Award for his extraodinary contribution to environmental education in Connecticut. He received the 2013 Star Award from the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians for his commitment to improving and preserving Connecticut's healthcare delivery system, as well as the 2013 Connecticut Police Chiefs Association's Legislative Award in recognition of his efforts to enhance law enforcement in the state. He also received the 2012 Legislator of the Year Award from the Alliance of Connecticut YMCAs for his support of the YMCA's mission and goals.
 
Other organizations that have honored Joe include the American Legion, the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut, the Connecticut Association of Optometrists, the Connecticut State Medical Society, and the Connecticut Working Families Party.
 
Community and public service are very important to Joe. Prior to joining the legislature, he served three terms on the Berlin Town Council. Joe is also the head coach of Berlin High School's freshman football team and has directed Berlin Midget Football for the past 15 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. He and his family now reside in Berlin, where his two youngest children, Ryan and Katie, attend Berlin public schools and his oldest son Michael coaches football in Guilford while finishing his criminal justice degree.
 
 
 

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THEMIS KLARIDES

REPUBLICAN LEADER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 
State Representative Themis Klarides is serving in her ninth term representing the 114th House District which includes Woodbridge, Orange and Derby. Following the statewide elections in 2014, her House Republican colleagues unanimously chose her as Caucus Leaderthe first woman to hold the position. She was a Deputy Republican Leader from 2007 through 2014. As Leader, Klarides is a member of the legislature's committee on Legislative Management.
 
She continues to be an outspoken leader on issues regarding the state's finances, job creation, education, taxes and many others.
 
Representative Klarides has been active in her community, serving on numerous boards and civic organizations.
 
As a member of the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Representatives Klarides is committed to improving education for all of Connecticut's children. In 2010, Representative 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.
 
She is 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.
 
Representative Klarides serves on the Executive Board of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and received their Government Leaders Against Drunk Driving Award 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.
 
In 2006, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of Griffin Health Services 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.
 
A native of Seymour, Themis Klarides was raised around a family supermarket business that taught her the value of hard work and the rewards of community involvement. Her commitment of 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.
 
Representative 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. She is a practicing lawyer in the State of Connecticut and in the United States District Court for Connecticut. She is of Counsel to Bridgeport-based Cohen and Wolf in the firm's Orange office.
 
 
 

THE SUPREME COURT

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Seated, left to right: Justice Richard N. Palmer, Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers, Justice Peter T. Zarella; Standing, left to right: Justice Carmen E. Espinosa, Justice Andrew J. McDonald, Justice Dennis G. Eveleigh, Justice Richard A. Robinson, Senior Justice Christine S. Vertefeuille.

CONNECTICUT SUPREME COURT

CHIEF JUSTICE CHASE T. ROGERS

Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers is a Connecticut native. After graduating from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979, she earned a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law in 1983.

Chief Justice Rogers spent her career as an attorney at the law firm of Cummings & Lockwood, where she specialized in commercial and employment litigation. In 1991, she was elected as a partner of the firm. Her various assignments included overseeing the pro bono program and acting as the partner-in-charge for hiring associates.

In January of 1998, former Governor John Rowland nominated Chief Justice Rogers for the Superior Court. Her assignments as a Superior Court Judge included serving as the presiding judge for juvenile matters in Bridgeport and being assigned to the regional Child Protection Session in Middletown. Between 2001 and 2005, she was assigned to the Complex Litigation Docket in Stamford, and from 2005 to 2006 she served as the presiding judge for civil matters in the Stamford-Norwalk Judicial District.

In February of 2006, Chief Justice Rogers was nominated by Governor M. Jodi Rell for the Appellate Court, and on March 15, 2006, Chief Justice Rogers was sworn in as an Appellate Court judge. In February of 2007, Governor M. Jodi Rell nominated her to be Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. Former Chief Justice Ellen Ash Peters, Connecticut's first female Chief Justice, swore in Chief Justice Rogers on April 25, 2007. In 2015, Governor Dannel P. Malloy renominated her and she was sworn in for a second term on April 22, 2015.

Chief Justice Rogers currently serves on the State Justice Institute's Board of Directors. She was appointed to this position in December of 2010 by President Barack Obama, with the advice and consent of the Senate. In October of 2012, Chief Justice Rogers was appointed a member of the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States. She was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., of the United States Supreme Court, and served a three-year term. In October of 2015, she was reappointed and will serve an additional three-year term. She is currently a member of the National Center for State Courts Expanding Court Access to Justice Project Advisory Committee, the Conference of Chief Justices Civil Justice Initiative Committee, and the Connecticut Bar Foundation Fellows Nominating Committee, an ex officio member of the Commission on Official Legal Publications, an ex officio member of the American Law Institute, and an ex officio Director of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. Chief Justice Rogers previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Conference of Chief Justices, the Detention Crowding Oversight Committee, and as Faculty Member of the Connecticut Judges' Institute.

In May of 2010, Chief Justice Rogers received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Quinnipiac University School of Law and in December of 2011, Chief Justice Rogers received an honorary degree from the University of Hartford. Additionally, Chief Justice Rogers became an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law in January of 2012.

ASSOCIATE JUSTICE RICHARD N. PALMER

Justice Richard N. Palmer was born May 27, 1950 in Hartford, Connecticut. He graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1968. Justice Palmer received his Bachelor of Arts degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1972, where he captained the tennis and squash teams and was named a first-team All-American in squash. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law, with high honors, in 1977, and was a member of the Connecticut Law Review.

Upon graduation from law school, Justice Palmer served as law clerk to Judge Jon O. Newman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (then of the United States District Court) from 1977 to 1978. Justice Palmer was an associate with the Hartford law firm of Shipman & Goodwin from 1978 to 1980. Thereafter, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for Connecticut from 1980 to 1982 and again from 1987 to 1990, and held several supervisory positions in that office, including Chief of the Criminal Division and Deputy United States Attorney. From 1984 to 1986, he practiced privately with the firm of Chatigny and Palmer. In 1991, Justice Palmer was appointed to the position of United States Attorney for Connecticut and from 1991 to 1993, he was the Chief State's Attorney for Connecticut. On March 17, 1993, he was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

Justice Palmer's current professional affiliations include his service as Chair of the Criminal Justice Commission; Co-Chair of the Appellate Rules Committee; Co-Chair of the Federal-State Council; Co-Chair of the Legal Intern Committee; a member of the Board of Directors for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Connecticut, Inc.; a member of the Board of Directors for the Justice Education Center; Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation; and Special Trustee of the Anna Fuller Fund.

Justice Palmer also was a member of the Executive Committee of the Superior Court from 2000 to 2012; Chair of the Client Security Fund Committee from 2000 to 2006; Chair of the Judicial Branch Public Access Task Force; and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Quinnipiac University School of Law (1998 to 2008) and Yale Law School (2006 to 2008), where he taught seminars on Ethics and the Criminal Law and Ethics in Litigation. He is a former member and past president of the Board of Directors of The Fund for Greater Hartford (formerly the Hartford Courant Foundation).

Justice Palmer has received a number of honors and awards, including the 2015 Judicial Recognition Award of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; the 2006 Connecticut Law Review Award; the 2006 Judicial Branch Article Fifth Award; the 1997 Distinguished Graduate Award of the University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association, Inc.; and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 1999.

ASSOCIATE JUSTICE PETER T. ZARELLA

Justice Peter T. Zarella was born October 13, 1948 and graduated from Xavier High School in Concord, Massachusetts in 1967. Justice Zarella received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University, Massachusetts in 1972, and his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1975; He received an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 2007. Justice Zarella was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1975; the Connecticut Bar in 1977; the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts in 1976; the U.S. District Court in Connecticut in 1977; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit in 1985; the U.S. Supreme Court in 1985, and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York in 1990. He was in the private practice of law from 1977 to 1996 and was a partner in the Hartford firm of Brown, Paindiris & Zarella from 1978 until his appointment as a Superior Court Judge in 1996.

Justice Zarella served as a Judge of the Superior Court from 1996 to 2000 and was elevated to Judge of the Appellate Court in 2000. He was nominated by Governor John G. Rowland as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on January 4, 2001 and was sworn in on January 22, 2001.

Justice Zarella's professional affiliations include his service on the Connecticut Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, Executive Committee from 1985 to 1990; the Connecticut Bar Association, Banking Law Committee from 1990 to 1994; the American Cancer Society, Bequest and Donations Committee from 1985 to 1989; the Stowe Day Foundation as incorporator from 1985 to 1995; the Ethics Commission of the Town of West Hartford from 1992 to 1995; and the Town of West Hartford, Charter Revision Commission from 1995 to 1996. Justice Zarella was the Town Chairman, Republican Party, Town of West Hartford from 1992 to 1996; Connecticut Counsel for the "Dole for President" Committee from 1995 to 1996; Delegate from Connecticut to the Republican National Convention in 1996; and Commissioner of the Metropolitan District Commission from 1995 to 1996.

Justice Zarella previously served as Chair of the Criminal Justice Commission from 2001 to 2006, Chair of the Rules Committee from 2001 to 2010, and Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation from 2000 to the present. He is coauthor of Judicial Independence at a Crossroads, Volume, 77, No. 1, Feb. 2003, Connecticut Bar Journal; Founder and member of the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society from Jul. 2005 to the present; Supreme Court Liaison to Probate Court on Probate Court Rules from 2011 to the present; member of the Executive Committee, Judges of Superior Court from 2013 to the present; Administrative Judge of the Appellate System from Oct. 2013 to the present; and member of the State Library Board from Sept. 2014 the present.

ASSOCIATE JUSTICE DENNIS G. EVELEIGH

Justice Dennis G. Eveleigh was born on October 2, 1947, in Stamford, Connecticut. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Wittenberg University in 1969. At Wittenberg, he was a member of the Dean's List and the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science honorary fraternity. In 1972, Justice Eveleigh received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Connecticut School of Law. At the University of Connecticut, Justice Eveleigh was a member of the Law Review, and received the American Jurisprudence Awards for excellence in Torts, Contracts, and Advance Property.

Upon graduation from law school, Justice Eveleigh served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a First Lieutenant. He was honorably discharged on June 5, 1980.

Justice Eveleigh was trial counsel at the Bridgeport law firm of Goldstein & Peck from 1972-85. In 1985, he started his law practice in Stamford where he remained until his appointment to the Superior Court on October 1, 1998. While in private practice, he served the state as an Attorney Trial Referee, Arbitrator, and Mediator, and also served as a Special Master in the federal court.

After his appointment to the Superior Court, Justice Eveleigh presided over criminal, housing, civil, and juvenile cases. He also served on the Complex Litigation Docket in Waterbury for five years. In 2009, he was appointed the Chief Administrative Judge of the Civil Division for the State of Connecticut by the Chief Court Administrator. In March of 2010, Justice Eveleigh was nominated for the State Supreme Court by Governor M. Jodi Rell. He was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on June 1, 2010.

Since becoming a judge, Justice Eveleigh has served on a number of Judicial Branch committees and served as the chairman of the Public Service and Trust Commission's Complex Litigation Committee. He has also served as a member of the Judicial Branch's Strategic Plan Implementation Committee, the Teleconferencing Committee, External Affairs Advisory Board, Judges' Advisory Committee on E-Filing, and the Civil Commission. Justice Eveleigh currently serves as the chairperson of the Rules Committee of the Superior Court.

ASSOCIATE JUSTICE ANDREW J. MCDONALD

Justice Andrew J. McDonald is a Connecticut native. Born in Stamford on March 11, 1966, he attended Stamford public schools before entering college. After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988, he earned a Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1991. In January of 2013, Governor Dannel P. Malloy nominated Justice McDonald to be an associate justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. He was confirmed by the Connecticut General Assembly on January 23, 2013, and was sworn into office on January 24, 2013, by Governor Malloy.

Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice McDonald served as the General Counsel to the Office of the Governor for the State of Connecticut from 2011 to 2013. In this role, he served as chief legal advisor to the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, and senior staff of the Executive Branch of government. His responsibilities included providing legal counsel and analysis on all aspects of Executive Branch functions and operations, including its interactions with the federal government and Judicial and Legislative branches of state government.

From 1991 to 2011, Justice McDonald was engaged in the private practice of law, first as an associate and then as a partner, with the firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC. He was a commercial litigator and handled all stages of litigation in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels.

From January of 1999 to July of 2002, Justice McDonald additionally served as the Director of Legal Affairs and Corporation Counsel for the City of Stamford. In this capacity, he served in the Mayor's Cabinet and oversaw the administration, supervision, and performance of all legal, human resource, and labor relations functions of the city and its boards, commissions, and agencies.

Justice McDonald was a State Senator from 2003 to 2011. He represented Stamford and Darien in the 27th District. Justice McDonald served as the Senate Chairman of the Judiciary Committee for all eight years he was in the General Assembly. During periods of his legislative career he also served as the Senate Vice Chairman of the Energy and Technology Committee and as a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee; the Transportation Committee; the Education Committee; and the Regulations Review Committee. From 2005 to 2011, he served as Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate.

Earlier in his career, Justice McDonald served on the Stamford Board of Finance from 1995 to 1999, including serving as the board's Chairman from 1997 to 1999 and as Co-chair of the Audit Committee from 1995 to 1997. He began his public service career in 1993 as a member of the Stamford Board of Representatives, where he served until 1995.

Justice McDonald and his husband, Charles, live in Stamford.

ASSOCIATE JUSTICE CARMEN ELISA ESPINOSA

Justice Carmen Elisa Espinosa became a justice of the Supreme Court on March 6, 2013, having been appointed to the position by Governor Dannel P. Malloy. Justice Espinosa is the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice in Connecticut.

Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice Espinosa was a judge of the Appellate Court, having been appointed to the position by Governor Malloy. She was sworn in on March 16, 2011, and was the first Hispanic appointed to serve as a judge of the Appellate Court.

Justice Espinosa was appointed to the Superior Court on January 10, 1992, and was the first Hispanic and Hispanic woman Superior Court Judge in the State of Connecticut. As a Superior Court Judge, Justice Espinosa presided over trials in the Judicial Districts of New Britain, Hartford, and Waterbury. In addition to her duties on the bench, Justice Espinosa has been involved in judicial education and, for nine years, served on the Judicial Branch's Education Committee, which oversees all facets of continuing education for members of the judiciary. Over the years, she has been on the faculty of the Education Committee, teaching criminal law courses. Justice Espinosa previously served on the Client Security Fund Committee and was also a member of the Sentence Review Division of the Superior Court.

Justice Espinosa is an active member of the Judicial Branch's Speakers Bureau and regularly addresses community groups and students. She also has been a guest on radio shows on WLIS and WPRX, Spanish radio.

Since her appointment to the Appellate Court, Justice Espinosa has been honored by the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, the Hispanic Bar Association, and Central Connecticut State University as an inaugural recipient of the Women of Influence Award. She was also featured on NBC Connecticut to promote Hispanic Heritage Month. In September 2011, Justice Espinosa was named one of 2011 Hispanic Business 100 Influentials by Hispanic Business magazine.

For eleven years prior to her appointment to the bench, Justice Espinosa was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut in Hartford, serving nine years in the Criminal Division and two years in the Civil Division. While an Assistant United States Attorney, Justice Espinosa received the United States Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award and the United States Department of Justice Special Achievement Award. Before becoming a federal prosecutor, she was a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Justice Espinosa received her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies from Brown University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with a major in Spanish and French from Central Connecticut State University.

ASSOCIATE JUSTICE RICHARD A. ROBINSON

The Honorable Richard A. Robinson was born December 10, 1957, in Stamford, Connecticut. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut in 1979 and a Juris Doctor degree from West Virginia University School of Law in 1984. He was admitted to the West Virginia Bar and the Connecticut Bar, and is a member of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia and the U.S. District Court, Connecticut.

From 1985-1988, Justice Robinson was Staff Counsel for the City of Stamford Law Department. In 1988, he became Assistant Corporation Counsel in Stamford where he remained until his appointment as a Judge of the Superior Court in 2000. He remained a Superior Court Judge for the next seven years during which time he served as a Presiding Judge (Civil) for the New Britain Judicial District (May 2003-September 2006), Presiding Judge (Civil) and Assistant Administrative Judge for the Ansonia/Milford Judicial District (September 2006-September 2007), and Presiding Judge (Civil) for the Stamford Judicial District (September 2007-December 2007). He was appointed as a Judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court on December 10, 2007, and a Justice of the Supreme Court on December 19, 2013.

Justice Robinson's career is complemented by an array of public and judicial service. He served as President of the Stamford Branch of the NAACP (1988-1990), General Counsel for the Connecticut Conference of the NAACP (1988-2000), President of the Assistant Corporation Counsel's Union (AFSCME) (1989-2000), Commissioner of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (1997-2000), Chair of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (1999-2000), New Haven Inn of Court member (2002-present), Judicial Education Curriculum Committee member (2002-present), Judicial Education Committee member (2003-2014), faculty members at several Judicial Institutes as well as spring and fall lecturer (2003-present), Civil Commission member (2005-2014), Court Annexed Mediator (2005-2014), Lawyers Assistance Advisory Board member (2007-present), Bench-Bar Foreclosure Committee (2007-2014), Legal Internship Committee member, and Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Cultural Competency (2009-present). His honors include the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Diversity Award (2010); NAACP 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut; Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows, Life Fellow; and board member of Discovering Amistad, Inc.

SENIOR JUSTICE CHRISTINE S. VERTEFEUILLE

Justice Christine S. Vertefeuille is a Connecticut native, born in New Britain on December 10, 1950. She graduated from Trinity College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1972, and the University of Connecticut School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1975.

Justice Vertefeuille was in private practice from 1975-1989. During that time, she was a member of the Executive Committee of the Real Property Section of the Connecticut Bar Association (1988-89), the Cheshire Commission on Handicapped and Disabled (1988-89), and an alternate member of the Waterbury and New Haven Grievance Panels (1985-89).

Justice Vertefeuille began her career as a judge with her 1989 appointment to the Superior Court. During her tenure as a Superior Court Judge, she presided over the Connecticut silicone gel breast implant cases (1993-99). In addition, Justice Vertefeuille served as the Administrative Judge in the Waterbury Judicial District (1994-99) and as a Complex Litigation Judge (1999). She was the recipient of the 1995 Judicial Award from the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. While serving as a Superior Court Judge, Justice Vertefeuille was on the faculty of the Connecticut Judges' Institute.

Justice Vertefeuille was appointed Judge of the Appellate Court on September 13, 1999, and Justice of the Supreme Court on January 3, 2000. She served as the Administrative Judge of the Appellate System from June 1, 2000 to July 31, 2006. Justice Vertefeuille became a Senior Justice of the Supreme Court on June 1, 2010. She served as Co-chair of the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules from 2009 to 2013.

Justice Vertefeuille served as a member of the Fellows Education and Program Committee of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. In October of 2006, she was awarded the Tenth Anniversary Award from the Polish American Foundation of Connecticut and in May of 2006, she received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the Quinnipiac University School of Law. In December of 2004, Justice Vertefeuille received the Gatekeeper Award from "Common Good," a national organization devoted to restoring public confidence in the law.

THE APPELLATE COURT

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Seated, left to right: Judge Robert E. Beach, Jr., Judge F. Herbert Gruendel, Chief Judge Alexandra D. DiPentima, Judge Douglas S. Lavine, Judge Bethany J. Alvord; Standing, left to right: Judge Eliot D. Prescott, Judge Michael R. Sheldon, Judge Christine E. Keller, Judge Raheem L. Mullins.

CONNECTICUT APPELLATE COURT

CHIEF JUDGE ALEXANDRA D. DIPENTIMA

Judge Alexandra Davis DiPentima was born in Sharon, Connecticut in 1953 and raised in Kent, Connecticut. She was graduated from Princeton University, receiving an A.B. in intellectual history in 1975. From 1976 to 1979, she attended the University of Connecticut School of Law and was graduated in 1979.

From 1979 to 1981, she worked as a staff attorney for Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. in Willimantic, Connecticut, representing low-income persons in domestic disputes (especially spousal abuse and custody issues) and housing disputes. In 1981, she joined the Hartford law firm of Moller, Horton & Fineberg, P.C., and in 1985, she became a principal in the firm. While associated with the firm from 1981 through 1993, she litigated products liability and other personal injury actions at the trial court level and enjoyed an active appellate advocacy practice. In November of 1993, Governor Lowell Weicker appointed Judge DiPentima to the trial bench as a Superior Court judge. On May 13, 2003, Judge DiPentima was sworn in as a judge of the Appellate Court. On March 29, 2010, Judge DiPentima was sworn in as Chief Judge of the Appellate Court by Chief Justice Chase Rogers.

During her years of practice, Judge DiPentima was an active member of the Connecticut Bar Association, serving as president of the Young Lawyers Section from 1989 to 1990, and as a member of the Hartford County Bar Association, where she served as treasurer from 1993 to 1994 and as a director from 1990 to 1993. Each year since the late 1980s, she has written one or two chapters of annotations for the Connecticut Superior Court Civil Rules Annotated (Thomson Reuters).

Since her appointment to the bench, Judge DiPentima's assignments have included presiding judge of the Hartford and New Britain Housing Divisions, presiding judge in Meriden and, from 1998 to 2003, Administrative Judge of the Judicial District of Litchfield. She has served on the Rules Committee of the Superior Court and the Judicial Education Committee, and is currently co-chair of the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules. From 2001 to 2002, she served as president of the Connecticut Judges Association. In 2010, Judge DiPentima received the Connecticut Bar Association's Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award. In 2011, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni Association.

In June of 2007, Chief Justice Rogers appointed her to serve as chair of the newly-formed Public Service and Trust Commission, which created a five-year strategic plan for the Judicial Branch. She continues to oversee the implementation of the Judicial Branch's strategic plan. In January of 2012, Judge DiPentima became an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

JUDGE F. HERBERT GRUENDEL

The Honorable F. Herbert Gruendel earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Drew University in 1969. He earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Maryland in 1971 and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974. Two years later, he earned a master's degree in education from Rutgers University. In 1984, he earned his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and he was admitted to the Connecticut Bar that same year. During law school, he won the Michie-Bobbs Merrill Prize for the Best Moot Court Brief. 

From 1983 to 1984, he participated in a mid-career fellowship at the Bush Center for Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University, where he conducted research in juvenile law.

Judge Gruendel worked as a public school principal and teacher prior to joining the New Haven law firm of Jacobs, Grudberg, Belt & Dow in 1984. As a member of the firm until his appointment to the bench, his emphasis was in civil litigation, including personal injury, real estate, and business litigation. He also handled domestic relations litigation and real estate transactions.

He was appointed to the bench as a Superior Court judge in May 1998. In 2001, he was appointed Chief Administrative Judge for the family division of the Superior Court. Before that, Judge Gruendel had served as presiding judge over the family division in the Hartford Judicial District.

Governor M. Jodi Rell nominated Judge Gruendel to the Appellate Court in January 2005.

JUDGE DOUGLAS S. LAVINE

The Honorable Douglas S. Lavine is a native of White Plains, NY, where he attended public schools. He is a 1972 graduate of Colgate University, where he majored in history. After graduating from Colgate, he attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, earning a master's degree in journalism. He earned his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1977 and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 1981.

He was a reporter and editor for various newspapers before entering into his legal career. He worked in the Litigation Department of the Hartford law firm of Shipman & Goodwin from 1981 to 1986 and served as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1986 to 1993. In 1993, Governor Lowell P. Weicker appointed him to be a Superior Court judge. He was reappointed by Governor John G. Rowland in 2001. In February of 2006, he was nominated by Governor M. Jodi Rell to a position on the Appellate Court where, following approval by the Legislature, he now sits.

A resident of West Hartford, Judge Lavine is the author of two books on advocacy. His wife, Lucretia, is a social worker and his daughter, Julia, is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law.

JUDGE ROBERT E. BEACH, JR.

The Honorable Robert E. Beach, Jr. was appointed to the Appellate Court on December 10, 2007. Prior to the appointment, he was assigned to the Middlesex Judicial District Courthouse, where he heard complex litigation matters.

Before taking on his Middletown assignment, he was the Administrative Judge for the Hartford Judicial District.

He was nominated to be a judge of the Superior Court by Governor John Rowland and was sworn in in March of 1996. Judge Beach is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, and received his B.A. from Yale University.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a trial lawyer for fifteen years, the latter three with a Manchester firm, of which he was a principal partner. From 1973 to 1981, Judge Beach served as a prosecutor.

JUDGE BETHANY J. ALVORD

The Honorable Bethany J. Alvord was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Colgate University, graduating cum laude in 1979, with a B.A. in Russian studies and international relations. Judge Alvord then attended the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctor, with honors, in corporate law in 1982.

Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Alvord served on the Town of Suffield Zoning Board of Appeals from 1988 to 1999. She also served on the Town of Suffield Retirement Commission from 1997 to 1998.

From 1982 to 1992, Judge Alvord was employed by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company as Second Vice President and Associate General Counsel in its Law Department. From 1993 to 1998, Judge Alvord was employed by Aetna, Inc. as the Assistant Vice President, Counsel, for the Retirement Services division.

In January of 1999, Judge Alvord was sworn in as a family support magistrate for the State of Connecticut. She served as a family support magistrate until 2002, when she became a judge of the Superior Court of the State of Connecticut. During her time on the Superior Court bench, Judge Alvord served as the presiding judge of the Family Division in New Haven. She was also assigned to hear matters in Rockville, Tolland, Waterbury, and Hartford.

In April of 2009, Governor M. Jodi Rell appointed Judge Alvord to the Appellate Court.

JUDGE MICHAEL R. SHELDON

Judge Michael R. Sheldon was born and raised in Schenectady, New York, where he attended public schools before attending Princeton University. At Princeton, where he was named a University Scholar and Scholar of the Woodrow Wilson School, he received an A.B. in public and international affairs and a Certificate of Proficiency in Russian studies in 1971. Thereafter, he attended Yale Law School, from which he graduated in 1974.

Following law school, Judge Sheldon participated in the E. Barrett Prettyman Legal Internship Program at the Georgetown University Law Center. In that capacity, he was trained in criminal trial and appellate advocacy while supervising upper-class law students in the representation of criminal defendants in the Law Center's Clinical Programs. In 1976, he was hired by the University of Connecticut School of Law as a professor of law and appointed director of the Criminal Clinic. He worked at the law school until 1991, teaching courses in criminal law and procedure, establishing and operating the Moot Court Interterm Program, and training and supervising upper-class law students in the representation of criminal defendants in the Trial and Appellate Divisions of the Criminal Clinic.

Judge Sheldon was appointed to the Superior Court by Governor Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. in 1991. In his twenty-five years of service as a Superior Court Judge, his assignments included terms in the civil and criminal divisions of the Hartford, New Britain, and Litchfield Superior Courts, as well as a four-year term pioneering the Complex Litigation Docket in Waterbury. He has served as chair of the Civil Electronic Benchbook Committee, co-chair of the Education Committee, and a member of the Rules Committee, the Civil Division Task Force, and the Civil Jury Instructions Committee.

Off the bench, Judge Sheldon has coached the mock trial teams of Canton High School and the Canton Intermediate School, conducted educational programs for Russian judges and lawyers as vice-chair of the Connecticut-Pskov Rule of Law Partnership, and co-taught a course in Law and Forensic Science at the University of Connecticut School of Law. In 2009, he received the Connecticut Bar Association's Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award and was named a Distinguished Friend of Education by the Connecticut Association of Schools.

Judge Sheldon was appointed to the Appellate Court by Governor Dannel P. Malloy in October 2011. He lives in Canton with his wife, Diane, with whom he has raised their four children: Graham, Conor, Rowan, and Cameron.

JUDGE CHRISTINE E. KELLER

The Honorable Christine E. Keller, of Hartford, is an honors graduate of Smith College (1974) and an honors graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law (1977).

On January 24, 2013, Judge Keller was nominated by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to be a judge of the Appellate Court, and the General Assembly approved her nomination on March 6, 2013. Prior to her appointment to the Appellate Court, Judge Keller was a Superior Court judge, having been appointed by Governor Lowell P. Weicker in 1993, and a family support magistrate, having been appointed by Governor William A. O'Neill in 1989.

Since her appointment as a Connecticut Superior Court judge, Judge Keller has served as presiding judge in both the Hartford and Plainville juvenile courts, and has also served terms in Waterbury criminal court, New Britain civil and family courts, the Middletown Regional Child Protection Session, and Hartford criminal and civil courts. From 1997 to 2002, she served as the statewide Chief Administrative Judge for Juvenile Matters.

In 2005, she was appointed Administrative Judge for the Judicial District of Hartford, a position she held until 2007, when she was appointed a second time as Chief Administrative Judge for Juvenile Matters, a position she held until 2012. In 2008, the Connecticut Bar Association awarded Judge Keller the Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award, presented annually to a Connecticut judge for judicial excellence.

Judge Keller serves or has served on a number of task forces and committees affecting juvenile issues, including the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and the Child Advocate Advisory Board. She has also served on the Court Improvement Project Advisory Board and Governor's Task Force on Judicial Reform, which addressed openness in the Judicial Branch.

Judge Keller currently serves as the chair of the Committee on Judicial Ethics and, from 1997 to 2005, she was a member of the Superior Court Rules Committee. She also served as chair of a task force to recommend revisions to the juvenile rules of practice and a member of a subcommittee proposing revisions to the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Prior to her appointment as a family support magistrate and after graduation from law school, Judge Keller practiced family, personal injury, and real estate law at Neighborhood Legal Services in Hartford and subsequently worked at the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the City of Hartford and the law firm of Ritter and Keller.

Judge Keller is a member of the Connecticut and Harford County Bar Associations and the Connecticut Judges Association, where she has held the offices of secretary and vice president. She was a member of the Judicial Review Council, the state disciplinary body for judges, from 2006 to 2008.

Judge Keller has served as a faculty member of the Connecticut Judges' Institute, conducting three seminars on judicial ethics and juvenile law for other Connecticut judges. She has lectured on juvenile topics in numerous attorney training programs. She is also a James Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and former president of the Hartford chapter of the Inns of Court, a networking and training group for newly admitted attorneys.

JUDGE ELIOT D. PRESCOTT

Judge Eliot D. Prescott was born on January 21, 1965 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He attended St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island, and received his bachelor of arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1988. He graduated with high honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1992.

Following law school, Judge Prescott served as the law clerk to the Honorable David M. Borden on the Connecticut Supreme Court. He also worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP.

In 1994, Judge Prescott returned to Connecticut where he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General. In 2001, he became the Department Head of the Special Litigation Department within the Office of the Attorney General, where he supervised lawyers, accountants, paralegals, and other support staff. During his tenure as an Assistant Attorney General, he represented the State of Connecticut in complex litigation matters in state and federal court, and argued more than twenty-five appeals in the Connecticut Supreme Court, Appellate Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In 2002, he received the "New Leaders of the Law" award from the Connecticut Law Tribune for outstanding government service.

Judge Prescott was appointed to the Superior Court by Governor John G. Rowland in 2004. During his time as a trial judge, Judge Prescott presided over Part A and Part B criminal trials and civil matters in various locations around the state. He also served as the presiding judge of the Administrative Appeals and Tax Session of the Superior Court. He served as a member of the Rules Committee of the Superior Court and the Advisory Committee on the Appellate Rules. On numerous occasions, he has served on the faculty of the annual Connecticut Judges' Institute.

Since 1998, Judge Prescott has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he teaches administrative law. He is the co-author, along with Professor Colin C. Tait, of two legal treatises: Connecticut Appellate Practice and Procedure (ALM) and Tait's Handbook of Connecticut Evidence (Wolters Kluwer).

Judge Prescott was appointed to the Appellate Court in 2014 by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

JUDGE RAHEEM L. MULLINS

The Honorable Raheem L. Mullins became a judge of the Appellate Court on May 6, 2014, after having been nominated by Governor Dannel P. Malloy and approved by the General Assembly. Prior to this appointment, Judge Mullins served as a judge of the Superior Court, having been nominated by Governor Malloy in 2012.

Judge Mullins received his Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2001 and his Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in 2004. Judge Mullins is admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court as well as the Connecticut Bar.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Mullins was an Assistant State's Attorney for the Appellate Bureau, Division of Criminal Justice, in Rocky Hill, and an Assistant Attorney General in the Child Protection Division in Hartford. He worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Frederick L. Brown of the Massachusetts Appeals Court from 2004 to 2005.

Judge Mullins is a member of the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court and the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association. He also served as a member of the Young Lawyers Section of the Connecticut Bar Association; the Board of Directors for the Fund for Greater Hartford; and, in 2007, as an Executive Committee Member of the Government Division of the Connecticut Bar Association.





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