George W. Bush is the 43rd President
of the United States. He was sworn into office on January 20, 2001, re-elected
on November 2, 2004, and sworn in for a second term on January 20, 2005. Prior
to his Presidency, President Bush served for 6 years as the 46th Governor of
the State of Texas, where he earned a reputation for bipartisanship and as a
compassionate conservative who shaped public policy based on the principles
of limited government, personal responsibility, strong families, and local control.
President Bush was born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, and grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Yale University in 1968, and then served as an F-102 fighter pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. President Bush received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1975. Following graduation, he moved back to Midland and began a career in the energy business. After working on his father's successful 1988 Presidential campaign, President Bush assembled the group of partners who purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989. On November 8, 1994, President Bush was elected Governor of Texas. He became the first Governor in Texas history to be elected to consecutive 4-year terms when he was re-elected on November 3, 1998.
Since becoming President of the United States in 2001, President Bush has worked with the Congress to create an ownership society and build a future of security, prosperity, and opportunity for all Americans. He signed into law tax relief that helps workers keep more of their hard-earned money, as well as the most comprehensive education reforms in a generation, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This legislation is ushering in a new era of accountability, flexibility, local control, and more choices for parents, affirming our Nation's fundamental belief in the promise of every child. President Bush has also worked to improve healthcare and modernize Medicare, providing the first-ever prescription drug benefit for seniors; increase homeownership, especially among minorities; conserve our environment; and increase military strength, pay, and benefits. Because President Bush believes the strength of America lies in the hearts and souls of our citizens, he has supported programs that encourage individuals to help their neighbors in need.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked our Nation. Since then, President Bush has taken unprecedented steps to protect our homeland and create a world free from terror. He is grateful for the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform and their families. The President is confident that by helping build free and prosperous societies, our Nation and our friends and allies will succeed in making America more secure and the world more peaceful.
President Bush is married to Laura Welch Bush, a former teacher and librarian, and they have twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna. The Bush family also includes two dogs, Barney and Miss Beazley, and a cat, Willie.
On January 3, 2007, Governor M. Jodi Rell was sworn in for her own term as Governor of the State of Connecticut. She is the state's 87th Governor, and the first-ever woman Republican Governor.
Governor Rell has held elected office in Connecticut for more than two decades. She holds the state's highest office after serving as the 105th Lieutenant Governor for over nine years. Governor Rell also represented the 107th House District of Brookfield as State Representative in the Connecticut General Assembly, where she held key leadership posts including Deputy House Minority Leader and Assistant House Minority Leader.
In her first 2 1/2 years as Governor, Jodi Rell's leadership and bold approach to state government have been embraced by the people of Connecticut. Governor Rell is strengthening our economy and creating a skilled workforce by making Connecticut business-friendly and providing incentives to encourage job creation.
Governor Rell led "Team Connecticut" in saving the Groton/New London Submarine Base from closure and 31,000 jobs statewide and championed legislation to invest $100 million in stem cell research in Connecticut.
She restored faith and integrity back to state government by proposing and signing into law landmark campaign finance reforms and creating a stronger, reconstructed State Ethics Commission. Governor Rell's leadership is helping to break the state's transportation gridlock through her historic investments in our railways, busways, highways and ports.
Governor Rell made unprecedented investments--more than any other Connecticut governor--in innovative early childhood programs to ensure children begin school ready to learn.
In September 2006, Common Cause, Public Campaign and Democracy Matters recognized Governor Rell with the "Clean Elections MVP Award" for her efforts to promote democracy and restore elections to the voters of Connecticut.
The Governor also recently received the Mary Waterman Award
from the Breast Cancer Alliance for her "outstanding individual achievement
in the search for a cure for breast cancer"; the "Woman of Merit Award"
from Connecticut Valley Girl Scout Council; and Visionario Award from
Connecticut Association of United Spanish Action (CAUSA); and the 2005 CURE
Award for Excellence "for significant contribution or achievement in Connecticut
Governor Rell was born in Norfolk, Virginia. She attended Old
Dominion University and Western Connecticut State University. She received honorary
doctor of law degrees from the University of Hartford in 2001 and the University
of New Haven in 2004.
She and her husband, Lou, have made their home in Brookfield,
Connecticut for many years. They have two grown children: Meredith, her husband
Matthew O'Connor and their son, Tyler Rell O'Connor; and Michael and his wife
On January 3, 2007, Michael Fedele was sworn-in as the 107th Lieutenant Governor of the state of Connecticut.
Born in Minturno, Italy, on March 30, 1955, Mr. Fedele has been a Stamford resident since immigrating to Connecticut as a child with his parents in 1958. He grew up in Stamford and has spent most of his years living and working in Fairfield County.
Mr. Fedele is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Stamford, Connecticut-based Pinnacle Group, which delivers information technology solutions and services through a network of offices located in the United States. He was instrumental in establishing the companys presence in the information technology market and has received numerous awards for work The Pinnacle Group has done in the field of information technology.
Mr. Fedele began his public service in 1983, when he was elected to the first of two terms on Stamfords Board of Representatives. In 1992, Mr. Fedele was elected to the Connecticut General Assembly to represent the 147th House District of Stamford and New Canaan, where he served until 2002. As State Representative, Mr. Fedele held a number of leadership posts, including Ranking Member of the Legislatures Insurance and Real Estate Committee and Assistant House Minority Leader. He also served on the Legislatures Banks, Transportation and Workforce Development Committees.
During his successful legislative career, Mr. Fedele supported numerous business-friendly bills such as legislation to enhance the role of Connecticuts community-technical colleges in job training, phase-out the succession tax, build the states network of economic clusters and establish new enterprise zones in communities affected by defense industry cutbacks.
In addition, as a leader on the legislative committee with oversight of the states insurance industry, Mr. Fedele played key roles in passing laws that banned drive-through deliveries, required insurance coverage for mastectomies and prostate cancer and helped shape the landmark Managed Care Reform Bill of 1997.
Mr. Fedeles work in the Legislature has earned him various accolades. The Connecticut Association of Life Underwriters gave Mr. Fedele its Legislator of the Year Award. The Connecticut Legal Immigrant and Refugee Coalition honored Mr. Fedele for his outstanding public service. In 2002, he received an award from the Italian government for his work on behalf of Italians living abroad.
Locally, Mr. Fedele is widely regarded for his work in Stamford. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of The Stamford Health Systems, the Yerwood Center, the Stamford Education Foundation and CTE, which is a community action agency that addresses the basic causes of poverty in the Stamford, Darien and Greenwich communities.
He attended Stamford public schools, graduating from Westhill High School. He attended Fairfield University as well as Norwalk State Technical College.
Mr. Fedele has lived in Stamford for 48 years with his wife Carol of 30 years. They have three children: Michael, Briana and Alesandra.
SECRETARY OF THE STATE
Secretary Bysiewicz has been an outspoken advocate in protecting privacy of citizens. She won passage of a law removing social security numbers from voter registration rolls and worked with women's groups to create a program to protect victims of domestic violence by keeping their addresses confidential.
After a decade of fighting to reform the state's elections and campaign financing system, Secretary Bysiewicz was proud to work with lawmakers to create a bill making Connecticut a national leader in election reform. The law overhauls Connecticut's electoral process with a new system of public financing and spending limits.
Secretary Bysiewicz worked with U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd in 2002 to draft the Help America Vote Act, to ensure the overall security, integrity and accuracy of elections and guarantee that persons with disabilities are able to vote privately and independently. She has also overseen the transition from lever voting machines to optical scan machines which have a paper trail.
Secretary Bysiewicz works diligently to promote civic education and to encourage young people to participate in the electoral process. Her office created "Youth Vote," a curriculum that educates students on the electoral process, and she has personally visited hundreds of schools to register students to vote and speak with them about civic responsibility.
Secretary Bysiewicz is a strong advocate for small and minority-owned businesses.
Her Small and Minority-Owned Business Showcase program, now in its eighth year,
provides invaluable training and technical assistance to small businesses. She
also sponsors business roundtables to put small business owners directly in
contact with government procurement agencies and to address policy issues of
concern to small businesses.
Susan Bysiewicz grew up on a family farm in Middletown and attended public schools there. She graduated from Yale College and Duke University School of Law. After practicing corporate and international law at the firm of White and Case in New York City, she joined the law firm of Robinson and Cole in Hartford.
Secretary Bysiewicz lives in Middletown with her husband, David Donaldson, and their three children.
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 and 2006, Treasurer Nappier is also the only woman to be elected Treasurer
in Connecticut history.
As Connecticut's chief elected financial officer, Treasurer Nappier oversees $50 billion in state funds, including the $24 billion Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, one of the nation's top performing state pension funds. The Treasury's Short-Term Investment Fund has been rated as one of the nation's best local government investment pools, and during the past eight years its superior performance has earned local governments and their taxpayers an additional $130 million.
Last year, Treasurer Nappier initiated and successfully led efforts to establish
a state income tax deduction for Connecticut residents who contribute to CHET
college savings accounts to help Connecticut families save for college. The
CHET program has grown from $18 million in assets in 1999 to more than $900
million in 2007.
A strong advocate for expanding economic opportunity, Treasurer Nappier initiated the Connecticut Community Bank and Credit Union Initiative to support local financial institutions and the communities they serve. She also established the $600 million Connecticut Horizon Fund investment program, aimed at enhancing portfolio returns through innovative investment strategies while providing opportunities for Connecticut-based and emerging investment firms, as well as women-and-minority-owned firms. In 2005, she led the successful effort to establish a statewide Housing Trust Fund for the first time in state history to help create more affordable housing for Connecticut families.
Throughout her administration, Treasurer Nappier has served as a catalyst and
effective advocate for financial literacy for people across the state, working
with the private sector and community- and faith-based organizations to expand
financial education programs. She also led efforts to create Connecticut's Individual
Development Account program, a matched savings program designed to help working
families build a better future by attaining financial goals such as a first-time
The Nappier Administration has shattered numerous all-time records in returning more than $127 million to rightful owners in unclaimed assets. The state's Second Injury Fund, which administers injured workers' claims, has not raised assessments on Connecticut businesses for nine consecutive years, saving Connecticut businesses $336 million. In addition, Treasurer Nappier's ingenuity and leadership in the management of the state's debt program has saved Connecticut taxpayers more than $525 million.
Treasurer Nappier is one of the nation's leading institutional investors working for corporate reform on issues including executive compensation, conflicts of interest in accounting practices, independence and diversity of board members, and disclosure of financial risks of climate change. She proposed and co-chaired the Institutional Investor Summit on Climate Risk, held at the United Nations in 2003 and again in 2005, and worked with the CT Depts. of Environmental Protection and Insurance to host a similar summit on the risks and opportunities of climate change for insurance leaders in 2005.
Widely respected by her peers, Treasurer Nappier is Treasurer of the National Association of State Treasurers and is a board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors Connecticut Chapter. Denise Nappier 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.
The first woman elected State Comptroller
since the office was created in 1786, Nancy Wyman is the chief fiscal guardian
for Connecticut's taxpayers.
Wyman, first elected statewide in 1994 and re-elected in 1998, 2002 and 2006, is responsible for paying the state's bills, keeping its books and representing the taxpayers in state fiscal matters.
Under Wyman's leadership, the Comptroller's office has significantly streamlined operations to enhance efficiency, accountability and public service.
The Comptroller issues a monthly report on state finances and writes a public report each year in which she analyzes the state budget as it relates to the economy and other factors. Wyman's office has received numerous awards for excellence in government reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.
The State Comptroller also oversees the state health plan for 188,000 state employees, retirees, and their dependents. As a mother and grandmother, Wyman understands the importance of taking an active role in important health-care issues. She has spent a great deal of time advocating for health issues affecting women, children and senior citizens--working to meet their medical needs while keeping costs down.
The recommendations of her Workgroup on the Uninsured laid the foundation for Connecticut's HUSKY plan, which makes health insurance available to the working poor.
Comptroller Wyman also has opened the state's Municipal Employee's Health Insurance Program to Connecticut's small businesses, municipalities and non-profit organizations - offering them the opportunity to purchase affordable, quality coverage at no additional cost to taxpayers.
In 2005, Wyman was named Chairwoman of the American Heart Association's Greater Hartford Heart Walk, and of the National Kidney Foundation of Connecticut's annual gala. She also has been involved for years in events seeking to raise funds for breast cancer research, and as spokeswoman for the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Red Ribbon holiday campaign.
Wyman has received myriad awards for her work as Comptroller,
including recognition of her leadership from the Connecticut Federation of Business
& Professional Women, the Connecticut State Medical Society, the Permanent
Commission on the Status of Women, the Council of Small Towns and the Connecticut
Coalition of Police & Corrections Officers. She also is past president of
the Women's Campaign School at Yale University.
Prior to her election as State Comptroller, Wyman served as State Representative (1987-1995) from the 53rd District. She was House Chairperson of the Education Committee and Chairperson of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education.
While a legislator, Wyman was noted for her work in the area of public education and named "Legislator of the Year" by the Connecticut Education Association.
From 1979-1987, Comptroller Wyman served on the Tolland Board of Education and was Vice-Chairperson for four of those years. She has contributed to the local, state and national education debate and is known as an ardent champion of public education.
Wyman and her husband, Michael, have lived in Tolland since 1973. They have two daughters and sons-in-law; Stacey and Steve Papa and Meryl and Bill Baldwin, and four grandchildren; Taylor, Lindsey, Kyle and Max.
First elected in 1990, Richard Blumenthal is serving an unprecedented fifth term as Attorney General. Blumenthal's aggressive law enforcement for consumer protection, environmental stewardship, labor rights and personal privacy, has helped reshape the role of state attorneys general nationwide -- and recover hundreds of millions of dollars for Connecticut taxpayers and consumers each year.
In one of the most significant victories in his 16 years as attorney general, Blumenthal was a leader in the U.S. Supreme Court battle successfully compelling the federal government to obey the law and recognize that CO2 emissions--a leading cause of global warming--are polluting our air and must be regulated. This case was an epochal enviromental triumph in the ongoing battle against harmful global pollution.
Blumenthal also helped lead the national fight against Big Tobacco to stop deceptive marketing aimed at children -- a victory significantly lowering youth smoking rates, and compelling a multibillion dollar settlement for Connecticut taxpayers.
His advocacy has forced reforms in the health insurance industry to assure critical health care 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.
He has successfully fought unfair utility rate charges, environmental wrongdoing, scams and frauds victimizing consumers and Internet abuses endangering children.
His vigorous investigation and legal action involving insurance industry abuses has successfully forced financial restitution and reform, compelling greater disclosure by insurers and brokers to consumers -- and recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars for the state, municipalities and individuals.
He has personally argued major cases in court, as he did the successful effort to uphold the 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 -- and for imposing on local taxpayers unfunded multimillion dollar mandates under the No Child Left Behind law.
Blumenthal previously served as administrative assistant to U.S. Sen. Abraham A. Ribicoff, aide to former U.S. Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan when Moynihan was Assistant to the President of the United States, and law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun.
He was U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, the state's chief federal prosecutor, from 1977 to 1981 -- prosecuting drug traffickers, organized and white collar crime, civil rights violators, consumer fraud and polluters.
He served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1984 to 1987, and then the State Senate from 1987 to 1990. As a volunteer attorney for the NAACP legal defense fund, Blumenthal saved the life of an innocent, wrongly convicted death row inmate, who came within hours of execution.
Blumenthal -- the highest Democratic vote getter in the state -- graduated from Harvard College (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude), and Yale Law School, where he was editor of the Yale Law Journal.
He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
Blumenthal lives in Greenwich with his wife, Cynthia, and their
four children. The Attorney General can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Attorney General's web page can be viewed at www.ct.gov/ag.
UNITED STATES SENATOR
Senator Chris Dodd was first elected to the Senate in 1980. Mr. Dodd is the only United States Senator popularly elected to a fifth term by the people of Connecticut. Senator Dodd is the youngest person elected to the U. S. Senate in Connecticut history and the first Connecticut son to follow his father to the upper chamber of Congress.
Senator Dodd is currently a senior member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and is the Chairman of its Education and Early Childhood Development Subcommittee. He also is the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Narcotics. He is the Chairman of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. He also is a member of the Rules and Administration Committee.
Mr. Dodd was born in Willimantic, Connecticut, and is the son of the late Senator Thomas J. and Grace Murphy Dodd. Following his graduation from Providence College, Dodd, who is fluent in Spanish, spent two years in the Peace Corps working in a rural village in the Dominican Republic. Upon returning to the United States, Dodd enlisted in the Army National Guard. A graduate of the University of Louisville School of Law in 1972, Dodd was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1973. He practiced law in New London until his election to Congress in 1974, his first bid for public office.
Prior to his tenure in the Senate, Mr. Dodd served in the 94th, 95th and 96th Congresses, representing the Second District of Connecticut in the House of Representatives. As a member of the House, he served on the Rules Committee, the Judiciary Committee and the Science and Technology Committee. He was also appointed to the Select Committee on the Outer Continental Shelf and the Select Committee on Assassinations.
Senator Dodd lives in East Haddam with his wife, Jackie Marie Clegg and their two daughters Grace and Christina.
Office addresses: U. S. Senate, Washington, DC 20510. Tel., (202) 224-2823. 30 Lewis St., Suite 101, Hartford, CT 06103. Tel., (860) 258-6940; In-state toll-free, Tel., (800) 334-5341. Internet: http://dodd.senate.gov.
UNITED STATES SENATOR
Now entering his fourth term representing Connecticut
in the United States Senate, Joe Lieberman has earned a national reputation
as a thoughtful, principled, and effective legislator. He is perhaps best known
as the Democratic candidate for Vice President in 2000.
Senator Lieberman was the Senate's leading champion of legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security to better protect the nation from terrorist attacks. He has been at the forefront of efforts not only to increase our investment in defense, but to transform our armed forces to better meet the threats of the 21st Century. Senator Lieberman has been a strong and consistent advocate for using America's military might to defend America's interests and values when they are seriously endangered.
Here at home, Senator Lieberman believes in economic policies that spark business growth, encourage innovation, open the doors of opportunity for all, expand markets for American products, and keep the government's budget books in balance. He is also a champion for the ordinary investor and consumer, fighting to ensure that public and private watchdogs meet the highest standards of independence and integrity.
Senator Lieberman is a strong advocate for investing in our public schools, empowering parents, and challenging all students to meet higher academic standards. He seeks to give all Americans, regardless of income, the chance to go to college and develop the skills they need to succeed in our global information economy. He works to expand quality and affordable healthcare to all Americans and to safeguard Medicare and Social Security for future generations.
Senator Lieberman is a vocal advocate for campaign finance reform and has written extensively on the dignity and nobility of public service. He is dedicated to strengthening America's families and renewing our common values by working with parents to improve the culture in which they raise their children.
Senator Lieberman was born in Stamford, Connecticut, on February 24, 1942, and attended public schools there. He received his bachelor's degree from Yale College in 1964 and his law degree from Yale Law School in 1967. Senator Lieberman was elected to the Connecticut State Senate in 1970 and served there for ten years, including the last six as Majority Leader. In 1980, he returned to private legal practice for two years, and from 1983 through 1988, he served as Connecticut's 21st Attorney General. As Attorney General he took on polluters of Connecticut's environment, went after deadbeat dads by strengthening child support enforcement, and earned a strong reputation as a defender of consumers' rights.
Senator Lieberman was first elected to the United States Senate in 1988, scoring the nation's biggest political upset that year by a margin of just 10,000 votes. In 1994, he made history by winning the biggest landslide victory ever in a Connecticut Senate race. In 2000, he was elected by another overwhelming margin to a third term. Elected to a fourth term as an Independent in 2006, Senator Lieberman remains committed to caucusing with Senate Democrats, but will be identified as an Independent Democrat (ID-CT).
Senator Lieberman is Chairman and former Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Small Business Committee.
Senator Lieberman lives in New Haven and Washington with his wife Hadassah. Together they are the proud parents of four children - Matthew, Rebecca, Ethan and Hana, three granddaughters, Tennessee, Willie and Eden, and a grandson, Yitzhak.
Office addresses: 706 Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510. Tel., (202) 224-4041. One Constitution Plaza, 7th Flr., Hartford, CT 06103. Tel., (860) 549-8463; In-state toll-free, Tel., (800) 225-5605. Internet: http://lieberman.senate.gov.
U. S. REPRESENTATIVE, FIRST DISTRICT, CONNECTICUT
U.S. Representative John B. Larson began serving in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1999, and is presently in his fifth term serving the people of Connecticut's First Congressional District.
In February 2006, Larson was selected by his colleagues to serve as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus He was reelected to this position in November 2006, making him the fifth-ranking Democrat in the House.
In 2005, Larson was named to the influential Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over the nations tax code, trade policy, Social Security, and Medicare. He sits on the Subcommittee on Trade and the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures. He formerly served on the Armed Services Committee, Science Committee, and as Ranking Minority Member of the House Administration Committee.
Larson has been a leader in the effort to end U.S. dependence of foreign oil through advancing fuel cell technology produced in the United States that will also grow the economy and improve our environment. During his tenure in Congress, Larson has introduced the Energy Independence Act and the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Authorization Act to fund and promote fuel cell. He is also a founder and co-chair of the House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition.
Larson has opposed the policies of preemption and unilateralism and the war in Iraq since its inception and has focused his concerns on the threats of terrorism, protecting the homeland, and supporting first responders. However, he has vigorously supported the troops, visited Iraq three times, and succeeded in passing legislation to reimburse family members who purchased body armor for soldiers who had not been adequately equipped by the military.
Larson is committed to preserving Social Security and Medicare and securing a true prescription drug benefit for seniors. He has introduced legislation to allow the federal government to directly negotiate lower drug prices for over 40 million Medicare beneficiaries.
Among his efforts to promote development in Hartford, Larson successfully led the effort to initiate a feasibility study of the Coltsville section of Hartford as a first step in gaining a National Park designation for the area from the Department of the Interior.
Larson was born on July 22, 1948 in Hartford, Connecticut. He and his seven brothers and sisters were raised in Mayberry Village, a public housing project in East Hartford by their parents, Raymond and Pauline. He graduated from East Hartford High School in 1967 and from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in 1971. Larson was later selected by Dr. Edward Zigler, the creator of Head Start, to be a Senior Fellow at the Yale Bush Center for Child Development.
Before entering Congress, Larson was a high school history teacher and athletic coach until he became an owner of Larson & Lysik insurance company. He served on the East Hartford Board of Education and the East Hartford Town Council. In 1982, he was elected to the Connecticut State Senate, beginning a 12-year tenure representing the 3rd Senate District until 1995. Larson served as Senate President Pro Tempore for eight years from 1987 to 1995.
The Congressman and his wife Leslie have three children (Carolyn, Laura, and
Raymond) and are life-long residents of East Hartford.
Office addresses: 1005 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515. Tel., (202) 225-2265; FAX, (202) 225-1031. 221 Main St., 2nd Flr., Hartford, CT 06106. Tel., (860) 278-8888; FAX, (860) 278-2111. Web site: www.house.gov/larson.
U. S. REPRESENTATIVE, SECOND DISTRICT, CONNECTICUT
Congressman Joe Courtney was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2006 and is serving his first term in office.
Mr. Courtney serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee. Mr. Courtney intends to use his membership on the House Armed Services Committee to provide the necessary oversight of the war in Iraq, Afghanistan and the global war on terrorism. He will also use his position on the committee to work to strengthen eastern Connecticut's defense industry.
Congressman Courtney and the House Education and Labor Committee will have the opportunity during the 110th Congress to reauthorize No Child Left Behind and the Higher Education Act. Mr. Courtney will work with his colleagues to secure a greater commitment by the Congress to fund No Child Left Behind and alleviate the pressure on the eastern Connecticut's school, teachers, students and local property taxpayers. Mr. Courtney will also continue to advocate for a more affordable and accessible college education for all qualified students.
Before serving in the House of Representatives, Congressman Courtney represented the citizens of Vernon in the Connecticut General Assembly for four consecutive terms -- from 1987 to 1994. During this tenure, then state-Rep. Courtney served as Chairman for both the Public Health and Human Services Committees.
As state legislator, Congressman Courtney fought for greater availability to health care for Connecticut's seniors and children. As Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Universal Health Insurance, he was instrumental in proposing reforms that resulted in increased access and better health care for all Connecticut citizens.
Mr. Courtney was recognized in a legislative poll in 1994 by Connecticut Magazine for his bi-partisan efforts, and named the "Most Conscientious" and the "Democrat Most Admired by Republicans."
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.
Courtney lives in Vernon with his wife, Audrey Courtney, a Pediatric Nurse
Practitioner, and their two children, Robert and Elizabeth.
Office addresses: 215 Cannon House Building, Washington DC 20515. Tel., (202) 225-2076; FAX, (202) 225-4977. 2 Courthouse Sq., Norwich CT 06360. Tel., (860) 886-0139; FAX, (860) 886-2974. Web site: courtney.house.gov/.
U. S. REPRESENTATIVE, THIRD DISTRICT, CONNECTICUT
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has worked a lifetime for the people of Connecticut. She was first elected to Congress from Connecticut's Third District in 1990, and is currently serving her ninth term. Congresswoman DeLauro sits on the House Appropriations and Budget Committees. She serves as chairwoman of the Agriculture-FDA Appropriations Subcommittee, as a member of the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education and Commerce-Justice Science Appropriations Subcommittees. In 1999, she was elected Assistant to the Democratic Leader by her colleagues. She was re-elected to this position in 2000. She has served as co-chair of the House Steering and Policy Committee since 2002.
Congresswoman DeLauro was born and raised in New
Haven's Wooster Square, where for years her grandmother owned and operated a
DeLauro has helped Connecticut families get ahead by making economic improvement a top priority. The first bill she introduced as a Member of Congress was a middle-class tax cut. More recently, she has fought for targeted tax cuts such as a $500 per child tax credit, a tax cut for children's health care, and education tax cuts. DeLauro has authored legislation that would guarantee men and women equal pay for equal work. From her seat on the Appropriations Committee, DeLauro has successfully secured millions in vital funds for Connecticut's defense industry. In addition, DeLauro has become a leader in the effort to protect and strengthen Social Security for today's seniors and future generations.
During her tenure in Congress, DeLauro has taken a special interest in health
care issues, leading the fight for affordable, quality health care. She has
worked aggressively with a bipartisan group of legislators to lower the rising
costs of prescription drugs. A survivor of ovarian cancer, DeLauro has been
a leading voice for increasing critical cancer research.
In February 2005, DeLauro was honored to be appointed ranking member of the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee. Through the position, DeLauro has worked to provide funding for a safe food supply, a healthy agricultural economy, and for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate thousands of products we use everyday. DeLauro co-founded the Congressional Food Safety Caucus to explore remedies to secure the food supply.
DeLauro has championed legislation that would make child care more affordable,
and has worked to improve public education by reducing class size and modernizing
Prior to her election to the House of Representatives, Rosa DeLauro served as Executive Director of EMILY'S List, a national organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected office. She served as Executive Director of Countdown '87, the national campaign that successfully stopped U.S. military aid to the Nicaraguan Contras. From 1981-1987, DeLauro served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd.
DeLauro is a graduate of Marymount College, where she received her B.A. with honors. She earned her Masters in International Politics from Columbia University, and studied at the London School of Economics.
DeLauro is married to Stanley Greenberg. Their children - Anna, Kathryn and Jonathan Greenberg - are all grown and pursuing careers. They have one granddaughter, Rigby.
Office addresses: 2262 Rayburn Office Building, Washington, DC 20515. Tel., (202) 225-3661; FAX, (202) 225-4890. 59 Elm St., New Haven, CT 06510. Tel., (203) 562-3718. Internet: www.house.gov/delauro.
U. S. REPRESENTATIVE, FOURTH DISTRICT, CONNECTICUT
In his over three decades of public service, Congressman Christopher
Shays (R-CT) has distinguished himself as a committed advocate for the constituents
of the Fourth District, a leader in the fight against terrorism, an activist
for good government, a respected voice on urban issues, and a staunch environmentalist.
Christopher is senior member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and a member of the Homeland Security and Financial Services Committees.
An expert on terrorism, he devotes much of his time to improving our nation's military, intelligence and homeland security operations through tough oversight and legislative reforms. He was a leader in creating the 9-11 Commission and implementing its recommendations, and has worked to improve our operations in Iraq.
First elected to public office in 1974 - the year of the Watergate scandal -Christopher has been an outspoken advocate for good government practices. He has been a driving force behind such landmark legislation as the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, which regulates campaign contributions, and the Congressional Accountability Act, which requires Congress to live by the laws it writes.
Christopher represents Bridgeport, Stamford and Norwalk, and places a high priority on urban renewal and economic development issues. He works to attract businesses to Connecticut's urban areas in order to create a larger job and tax base through such programs as the "One Coast, One Future" initiative, which takes a regional approach to marketing the Bridgeport-Stamford corridor.
Christopher's work on the Financial Services Committee, which oversees an industry of utmost importance to the Fourth District's economy, is focused on protecting investors through more accurate disclosure, improving affordable housing and protecting consumers' identities.
Designated an "Environmental Champion" by the League of Conservation Voters, Christopher fights to conserve our resources, diversify our energy sources, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and protect the integrity of federal laws that guard our air, land and water.
A leader among centrist Republicans, Christopher is an advocate of socially moderate views. He worked to establish the successful COPS program, which has helped reduce crime through the United States, and was an author of the 1993 Gun Control Act. He leads the charge to end racial profiling and sexual discrimination in the workplace and is an ardent supporter of a woman's right to choose.
A former Peace Corps volunteer, Christopher helped establish the AmeriCorps national service program and co-founded the Congressional National Service Caucus. He is Co-Chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, the Congressional Friends of Animals Caucus and the Nonproliferation Task Force.
Christopher served seven terms in the Connecticut House of Representatives prior to his election to Congress. He earned his MBA and MPA from New York University and his undergraduate degree from Principia College. He and his wife, Betsi - his high school sweetheart - grew up in Darien, lived in Stamford for 27 years, and now reside in Bridgeport. Their daughter, Jeramy, attends Vermont Law School and is studying environmental policy.
Office addresses: 1126 Longworth Building, Washington, DC 20515-0704.
Tel., (202) 225-5541; FAX, (202) 225-9629. 10 Middle St., 1st Flr., Bridgeport
06604-4223. Tel., (203) 579-5870. Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., Stamford
06901-2927. Tel., (203) 357-8277. Norwalk, (203) 866-6469; Ridgefield, (203)
438-5953; Shelton, (203) 402-0426. Internet: www.house.gov/shays.
Congressman Christopher S. Murphy is currently
serving his first term representing Connecticut's Fifth District, which includes
the towns of Danbury, Meriden, New Britain, and Waterbury. He serves on the
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform as well as the Financial Services
On the Oversight and Government Reform Committee,
Mr. Murphy plays a role in investigating and proposing solutions to the nation's
most pressing issues, including the management of the war in Iraq, the implementation
of Medicare Part D, and the need for open government. As a member of the Financial
Services Committee, Mr. Murphy plays a role in overseeing all components of
the nation's housing, insurance, banking, and securities industries, which are
all vital to Connecticut's economic success.
Before his election to the U.S. House of Representatives,
Mr. 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.
As Chairman of the Public Health Committee, Mr.
Murphy was the General Assembly's leader on health care issues. In 2003, during
his first year as Chairman, he led the passage of Connecticut's landmark workplace
smoking ban. That year, he also authored legislation that prohibits hospitals
from engaging in overly aggressive collection practices against uninsured patients
and a law establishing new government powers to be utilized during a bioterrorism
In 2005, Murphy authored and passed Connecticut's
historic Stem Cell Investment Act, a bill that he had introduced in the previous
year. The legislation, which invested $100 million over ten years into embryonic
and adult stem cell research, became the nation's first law directing state
funding to life-saving stem cell research.
Murphy is also a leader on children's rights issues. In the State Senate, he authored legislation establishing the new Office of Child Protection, and as Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Judicial and Corrections, he championed efforts to reform the state's juvenile justice system.
Mr. Murphy grew up in Connecticut, and attended
Williams College in Massachusetts, graduating with honors and a double major
in history and political science. In 2002, he graduated from UConn Law School
in Hartford, Connecticut. He practiced real estate and banking law from 2002-2006
with the firm of Ruben, Johnson & Morgan in Hartford. He resides in Cheshire.
Office addresses: 501 Cannon House Building, Washington, DC 20515. Tel., (202) 225-4476; FAX, (202) 225-5933. One Grove St., New Britain CT 06053. Tel., (860) 223-8412; FAX, (860) 827-9009. Web site: chrismurphy.house.gov/.
PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE STATE SENATE
Donald E. Williams, Jr. is currently in his eighth term, having first been elected in a special election in 1993 from the 29th Senate District. In July 2004, Senator Williams was elected by the members of the state Senate to serve as President Pro Tempore, the highest-ranking legislator in the Connecticut General Assembly. He was reelected to the prestigious post in 2005 and again in 2007.
Senator Williams has developed a reputation as a thoughtful, effective legislator who has successfully spearheaded a variety of cutting-edge reforms. His policy priorities have included the protection of children, improving our environment, and safeguarding the social safety net that is critical to families in need in our state.
As chairman of the Environment Committee, Senator Williams authored legislation to clean up power plants that pollute Connecticut's air and can cause asthma and respiratory problems. He led the fight to preserve the state's natural water resources, fishing and the shellfish industry in Long Island Sound. He has fought for Connecticut farmers in an effort to preserve the character and heritage of the state and to keep agriculture economically viable.
As chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Williams authored legislation creating both the Office of the Child Advocate and the Office of the Victim Advocate, and sponsored a number of bills to prevent domestic violence.
Senator Williams is also a strong voice for the disadvantaged. The Connecticut Association of Local Administrators of General Assistance named him Legislator of the Year in 1996 for his role in fighting to preserve fairness in legislation to reform Connecticut's welfare system. In addition, he created the Office of the Health Care Advocate to help ensure quality health care for Connecticut residents of all income levels. His efforts to increase financial aid at state colleges and universities have created greater access to higher education for working-class students.
Shortly after being elected in 1993, Senator Williams authored legislation creating the first enterprise corridor zones in rural areas to help attract and retain jobs in northeastern Connecticut. He also succeeded in created a yearly funding stream for farmland preservation, open space acquisition, historic preservation and affordable housing.
Since his election as Senate President, Senator Williams has been a leading advocate for cleaning up government. He authored legislation to reform the State Ethics Commission and supported sweeping changes to the campaign finance system and the state contracting process. With the creation of a publicly funded campaign finance system in 2005, Connecticut now has the strongest reform laws in the nation.
Senator Williams led the fight to improve school nutrition and make Connecticut a national leader in preventing childhood obesity. In 2006, he claimed victory over the high-powered soda and junk food companies with the passage of school nutrition legislation that includes an outright ban on the sale of soda and other unhealthy beverages in schools. The bill also includes a tripling of state funding for school districts that offer healthier food choices for sale to students.
Prior to his election to the state Senate, Senator Williams served two terms as First Selectman of the Town of Thompson.
Senator Williams graduated from Syracuse University in 1980, and was the News and Public Affairs Director of WINY Radio in Putnam for three years. Senator Williams earned his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia in 1986, where he was the Law Review Research Editor, and received the University Service Award. Senator Williams is married to Laura Williams, and has a daughter, Nina. Internet: www.senatedems.ct.gov/Williams.html.
MAJORITY LEADER OF THE STATE SENATE
Senator Looney is in his third term as Senate Majority Leader
of the General Assembly, having first been elected to that leadership post in
2003. He is also Chair of the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee
and Vice Chair of the Legislative Management Committee. Since being elected
to the State Senate in 1993, he has spent six years as Senate Chair of the Finance,
Revenue and Bonding Committee; Chairman of the Banks Committee, Vice Chair of
the Bonding Subcommittee, and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee.
During his tenure as State Representative, Looney was appointed an Assistant Majority Leader and served as Chairman of the Planning and Development Committee, the Government Administration and Elections Committee and the Appropriations Judicial Subcommittee, and as Vice Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
In 1987, Senator Looney was selected as Legislator of the Year by the Caucus of Connecticut Democrats and following his first term in 1982 he was honored by the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women for his successful work as sponsor of legislation to provide tax credit incentives to employers who create on-site day care for the children of their employees. In 1993, the Connecticut Coalition Against Gun Violence honored Senator Looney for his efforts in helping to gain passage of Connecticut's historic assault weapon ban.
Prior to his election to the General Assembly in 1980, Looney was a Public Information Aide to the Mayor of New Haven and taught English Literature and Composition as an adjunct faculty member at Quinnipiac College and the University of New Haven.
Senator Looney is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fair Haven Community Health Center and of Community Mediation, Inc. He is also a member of the board of St. Rose of Lima School in New Haven and is a past parish trustee and past president of the Saint Rose Parish Council. In 1992, he was honored as the recipient of the National Catholic Elementary School Distinguished Graduate Award. In 1993, he was honored as an Alumni Knight of Honor by Notre Dame High School in West 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. Degree in 1985 from the University of Connecticut School of Law and, since his admission to the Connecticut Bar in 1985, he has been engaged in the general practice of law. He is a partner in the law firm of Keyes, Looney, and Murphy in New Haven. 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. Their
son, Michael, is an urban planner. Michael is the parent of a son, Matthew.
MINORITY LEADER OF THE STATE SENATE
John McKinney (R-28) is serving his fifth term in the Connecticut State Senate representing the towns of Easton, Fairfield, Newtown and Weston. He was elected Minority Leader of the Senate in June 2007 and is a ranking member on the General Assembly's Environment, Transportation and Housing Committees. He also serves on the Appropriations and Executive Nominations Committees.
In the Senate, John is regarded as a budget hawk who has fought to lower taxes and eliminate wasteful government spending. In the tradition of his father, the late Congressman Stewart B. McKinney, John is a fiscally conservative, socially moderate centrist who champions efforts to preserve and protect our environment and increase access to affordable housing.
As a nine year veteran of the Transportation Committee, John has been leading efforts to change the state's transportation policy to address the long-term challenges of increasing congestion and rising gasoline prices. In 2005 and 2006, he was instrumental in helping to pass major transportation initiatives that will improve I-95, replace all 342 Metro-North rail cars and create a new Metro-North maintenance facility to service them.
In 2007, he helped author and pass Jessica's Law for Connecticut, a law that establishes mandatory minimum jail sentences for convicted child sex offenders and takes aim at the growing threat posed by online child predators.
A parent of three children who attend Fairfield public schools, John is committed to ensuring a high quality of education for all of Connecticut's students.
An outspoken advocate for job creation, affordable housing and inner-city economic development, John was named the 2007 Legislator of the Year by the Bridgeport Regional Business Council.
He has been recognized as an Environmental Hero by the League of Conservation Voters for his efforts to pass legislation aimed at preserving Connecticut's open spaces and cleaning up Long Island Sound.
John was raised in Fairfield and is the youngest of five children of the late Congressman Stewart McKinney and his wife Lucie. Congressman McKinney, who represented Connecticut's fourth congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971 until his death in 1987, served as Republican Leader in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1969 - 1970.
John, 43, graduated from Fairfield Prep in 1982, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1986 and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law, with honors, in 1994. Prior to being elected to the General Assembly, John practiced law at Cummings and Lockwood and was a law clerk to Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Richard N. Palmer.
John is actively involved in several nonprofit organizations. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Women and Families in Bridgeport. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Westport/Weston Family YMCA, the Advisory Board of the Fairfield Theatre Company, and is a member of the vestry of Trinity Church in Southport. John and his family help provide housing and care for people with AIDS through the Stewart B. McKinney Foundation.
John lives in Fairfield with his wife, Megen, and their three children, Matthew, Graysen, and Kate.
Speaker of the House of Representatives James A. Amann was first elected to the Connecticut Legislature in 1990. He represents the 118th Assembly District in Milford.
Born in Bridgeport, Speaker Amann grew up in Milford where he attended local public schools and Jonathan Law High School. He attended the University of New Haven studying criminal justice and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Bridgeport.
Prior to his election to the State House of Representatives, he served as a member of the Milford Board of Aldermen (1983-1990), and was a member of the local chapter of Young Democrats.
As a state legislator, Amann served as Chair of the House Freshman Caucus (1991-1993), House Chair of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee (1993-1998) where he spearheaded landmark health care legislation. He was a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee (1994-1999), served as Deputy House Majority Whip (2001-2003) and House Majority Leader (2003-2005).
Speaker Amann authored Connecticut's "Megan's Law" which has become a national law enforcement and public awareness model. The legislation which informs parents and children about potential sexual predators in their neighborhoods has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
During his tenure as a state lawmaker, Amann has also spearheaded health care legislation improving breast cancer and prostate cancer coverage, eliminating "drive through" mastectomies, reforming managed care, creating stricter child car safety seat requirements, improving kidney screening, tightening anti-stalking laws and has been a leader in the state's effort to provide Connecticut's needy elderly and children with drug prescription coverage under the ConnPACE and HUSKY programs. Healthy Kids Connecticut is a public/private initiative Speaker Amann created in 2005 with a mission of providing healthcare access for all of Connecticut's youth. Amann also led the fight in Connecticut to pass legislation that protected a mother's right to breast feed her child in public.
In addition, Speaker Amann took on polluters by passing legislation
mandating that the Department of Environmental Protection make full disclosure
to all appropriate public officials when they discover contamination at sites
that could endanger the health and welfare of residents and workers in any community.
Amann was elected to his current position, Speaker of the House in 2005 and was instrumental in the passage of landmark transportation, campaign finance reform, autism, organ donor and stem cell research legislation during his first year leading the House of Representatives. He was unanimously re-elected to a second term as Speaker on January 3, 2007.
Speaker Amann maintains a strong community involvement in Milford spearheading the Village of Devon revitalization and not-for-profit program assistance.
Professionally, Amann oversees chapter development and community
awareness for the Greater Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis
Speaker Amann and his wife Terri reside in Milford.
MAJORITY LEADER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Representative Christopher G. Donovan is serving his second term
as Majority Leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives. Representing
the 84th Assembly District of Meriden, he was first elected to the Connecticut
General Assembly in 1992 and served as House Chair of the Labor and Public Employees
Committee from 1997-2003, before being elected Majority Leader in November of
Majority Leader Donovan has been a key sponsor of health care reform legislation and is currently working to create a system of universal health care that would provide health care coverage to everyone in the state. Over the past two years as Majority Leader, Rep. Donovan led successful fights on campaign finance reform, stem cell research funding, and supplemental Medicare coverage, as well as expansions to the HUSKY program, minimum wage increases, school-based health clinics, school nutrition, and mass transit improvements including the establishment of the New Haven-Springfield commuter rail line.
Majority Leader Donovan has been recognized for his efforts by numerous groups. He received the Child Advocacy Legislative Leadership Award, was named Humanitarian of the Year, and was NASW's Legislator of the Year. Rep. Donovan also received recognition for his support on legislation to create the Office of Multicultural Health and Capitol Community College recognized him as an honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society.
Most recently, The Connecticut State Council of Machinists presented Rep. Donovan with their Outstanding Commitment Award. He was also recognized as an important advocate for the deaf and hearing impaired, named Family Legislator of the Year and earned an MVP award for his clean elections efforts.
Rep. Donovan is currently a member of the University of Connecticut School of Social Work Advisory Committee. He is a former member of the Connecticut Family Leave Task Force.
Rep. Donovan earned his Bachelors Degree in Biology at Villanova University and his Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. He is a labor representative with the Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges and teaches part-time at the University of Hartford. Rep. Donovan formerly worked for the Connecticut Citizen's Action Group where he focused on environmental, energy and housing issues. He also worked for the Service Employees International Union on day care, family leave, and pay equity issues.
Chris, his wife Elaine Gallen Donovan, and his daughter Sarah live in Meriden.
Chris and Elaine have a grown son Aaron who resides in Medford, Massachusetts.
First elected to the 142nd District in 1992, Larry Cafero is now
serving in his eighth term in the House of Representatives. After serving as
Deputy Leader for 10 years, Larry was chosen in 2006 to lead his caucus.
As Leader he helps set the legislative agenda and formulates Republican positions on pending legislation. In addition to his leadership role in the House, Larry has served as a member of the General Assembly's Appropriations, Judiciary, Legislative Management, and Labor and Public Employees Committees. He also represents the Connecticut General Assembly on the Labor and Workforce Development Committee of the National Council of State Legislatures.
A recognized leader in the field of education, Larry was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Educational Improvement Panel to develop legislative responses to the Sheff v. O'Neill school desegregation decision. Larry also served as the Ranking Republican House member of the Education Committee and as a member of the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee.
In the 2006 Legislative session Larry sponsored legislation to ensure refills for prescription narcotics do not fall into the wrong hands (HB 5681), a constitutional amendment ensuring adequate funding of the Teacher Retirement system (HJ 4), and to provide financial assistance to nursing students to help end the nursing shortage (HB 5200) among others.
As a member of the Judiciary Committee, Larry authored legislation toughening the state's drunk driving laws and stiffening the penalty against those who use 'date-rape' drugs to commit sexual assaults.
In addition to his leadership responsibilities at the State Capitol, Larry remains active on the local level, as an expulsion officer for the Norwalk Public School system, and a member of both the St. Ann's Club and the Exchange Club. He is a former board member of the Side-by-Side Community Charter School and a former member and Chairman of the Norwalk Board of Education.
Larry is a graduate of Norwalk High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and earned his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law. He is a partner with the law firm of Brown, Rudnick, of Hartford.
He lives in the city of Norwalk where he grew up with his wife Barbara and their three children: Jacqueline, Christopher and Nicholas.
THE SUPREME COURT
Seated, left to right: Justice David M. Borden,
Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers, and Justice Flemming L. Norcott, Jr. Standing,
left to right: Justice Christine S. Vertefeuille, Justice Peter T. Zarella,
Justice Richard N. Palmer, Senior Justice William J. Sullivan, and Justice Joette
CONNECTICUT SUPREME COURT
CHIEF JUSTICE CHASE T. ROGERS
Born Nov. 12, 1956, Manhattan, N.Y.; Education: Roger Ludlowe High School, 1975; B.A., Stanford University, 1979; J.D., Boston University, 1983; Admitted to Connecticut Bar and U.S. District Court (Connecticut), 1983; Associate, Cummings & Lockwood, 1983-1991; Partner, Cummings & Lockwood, 1991-1998; Judge, Superior Court, 1998-2006; Associate Judge, Appellate Court, March 15, 2006-April 25, 2007; Chief Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court, April 25, 2007. Faculty Member, Connecticut Judge's Institute, 1999, 2004, 2006; Member, Detention Crowding Oversight Committee, 2000; Member, Committee on Lawyer Advertising, 2005-2006; Civil Division Task Force, 2003-2006.
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE DAVID M. BORDEN
Born Aug. 4, 1937, Hartford, Connecticut; Education: Weaver High School, 1955; B.A., Amherst College, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1959; LL.B., Harvard Law School, Cum Laude, 1962; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1962; Exec. Dir., Commission to Revise the Criminal Statutes of Connecticut, 1963-71; Chief Draftsman, Connecticut Penal Code, 1963-69; Chair, Evidence Code Drafting Committee, 1993-1998, resulting in Code of Evidence adopted by Judges of Superior Court, 1999; Lecturer in Law, University of Connecticut School of Law, 1968-70, 1989-92, 1994-2000; Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law, 2004-present; Honorary Member, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, 1994-present; Chief Counsel, Joint Committee on the Judiciary, 1975-76; Judge, Court of Common Pleas, 1977-78; Judge, Superior Court, 1978-83; President, Connecticut Judges Association, 1981-83; Judge, Appellate Court, 1983-90; Connecticut Law Revision Commission, 1984-88; Administrative Judge for the Appellate System, 1989-93; Associate Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court, May 10, 1990; Senior Associate Justice (Acting Chief Justice), Connecticut Supreme Court, April 15, 2006-April 25, 2007; Connecticut Moot Court Board Award, 1990; Member, American Law Institute, 1991-present; Chairperson, Rules Committee, Superior Court, 1992-2001; Connecticut Law Review Award for excellence in legal scholarship and service to the legal community, 1994; Raymond E. Baldwin Public Service Award, Quinnipiac College School of Law, 1997; Connecticut Law Tribune Award for Service to the Legal Profession, 2003; Connecticut Bar Association Henry J. Naruk Award for Service to the Community in A Judicial Role, 2005; Connecticut Law Tribune Publisher's Award in recognition of Freedom of the Press and the First Amendment, 2007.
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE FLEMMING L. NORCOTT, JR.
Born Oct. 11, 1943, New Haven,
Connecticut; Education: The Taft School, 1961; B.A., Columbia University, 1965;
J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1968; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar,
1968; LL.D. (Hon.), University of New Haven, 1993; (Hon.), Albertus Magnus College,
2004; Thurgood Marshall Award, Quinnipiac Law School Black Law Students Association,
2006; Peace Corps Volunteer (Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of East
Africa, Nairobi, Kenya); 2002 U.S. Peace Corps Franklin H. Williams Award; Bedford-Stuyvesant
Restoration Corporation Legal Staff; Assistant Attorney General, United States
Virgin Islands; Co-founder and Executive Director, Center for Advocacy, Research
and Planning, Inc. (New Haven); Hearing Examiner, Connecticut Commission on
Human Rights and Opportunities; Lecturer, Yale Law School and Yale College;
Lecturer, University of New Haven, Criminal Justice Program; Board of Governors,
University of New Haven (Emeritus); Eastern Collegiate Football Officials Association;
New Haven Football Officials Association; Associate Fellow, Calhoun College,
Yale University; Golden Key National Honor Society; Advisor for the New Haven
Youth Rights Media Project; Member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; Sigma Pi Phi (Beta
Tau Boule) Fraternity; Connecticut Bar Foundation Fellow; Co-Chairman Appellate
Rules Committee; Judge, Superior Court, 1979-87; Judge, Appellate Court, 1987-92;
Associate Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court, July 14, 1992.
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE JOETTE KATZ
Born, Feb. 3, 1953, Brooklyn, New
York; Education: Berkeley Institute, 1970; B.A., Brandeis University, Cum Laude,
1974; J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, Cum Laude, 1977; Admitted
to the Connecticut Bar, 1977; Member, District Court of Connecticut, 2nd Circuit;
U. S. Supreme Court; Private Practice, 1977-78; Assistant Public Defender, Appellate
Unit, Office of Chief Public Defender, 1978-81; Assistant Public Defender, 1981-83;
Instructor, University of Connecticut School of Law, 1981-84; Chief of Legal
Services, Public Defender Services, 1983-89; Judge, Superior Court, 1989-92;
Associate Justice, Supreme Court, Oct. 22, 1992; Administrative Judge, for the
Appellate System, Aug. 1, 1994-June 1, 2000; July, 2006 to present; Instructor,
Ethics, Yale Law School; Instructor, Criminal Law and Ethics, Quinnipiac School
of Law; Chair, Client Security Fund Committee; Chair, Evidence Code Drafting
Committee; Chair, Connecticut Advisory Committee on the Appellate Rules, Sept.,
1999-July, 2006; Recipient of the Connecticut Bar Association's Henry J. Naruk
Judiciary Award, 2004; Recipient of Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Quinnipiac
University School of Law.
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE RICHARD N. PALMER
Born May 27, 1950, Hartford, Connecticut;
Education: Wethersfield High School, 1968; B.A., Trinity College, Phi Beta Kappa,
1972; J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, with high honors, 1977;
Admitted to Connecticut Bar, 1977; Member, U. S. District Court for Connecticut,
1978; District of Columbia, 1980; U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit,
1981; Law Clerk to U. S. District (now Second Circuit Court of Appeals) Judge
Jon O. Newman, 1977-78; Associate, Shipman and Goodwin, 1978-80; Assistant United
States Attorney for Connecticut, 1980-83, 1987-90; Partner, Chatigny and Palmer,
1984-86; United States Attorney for Connecticut, 1991; Chief State's Attorney
for Connecticut, 1991-93; Associate Justice, Supreme Court, Mar. 17, 1993; Member,
Executive Committee of the Superior Court; President, Hartford Courant Foundation;
Chairman, Judicial Branch Public Access Task Force; Instructor, Criminal Law
and Ethics, Quinnipiac School of Law; Visiting Lecturer, Ethics and Litigation,
Yale Law School.
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE CHRISTINE S. VERTEFEUILLE
Born Dec. 10, 1950, New Britain, Connecticut; Education: Northfield
School, 1969; B.A., Trinity College, 1972; J.D., University of Connecticut School
of Law, 1975; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1975; Private Practice, 1975-89;
Executive Committee, Real Property Section, Connecticut Bar Association, 1988-89;
Cheshire Commission on Handicapped and Disabled, 1988-89; Alternate Member,
Waterbury and New Haven Grievance Panels, 1985-89; Judge, Superior Court, 1989-99;
Presiding Judge, Connecticut silicone gel breast implant cases, 1993-99; Administrative
Judge, Waterbury Judicial District, 1994-99; Complex Litigation Judge, 1999;
Recipient, 1995 Judicial Award, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association; Faculty,
Connecticut Judges Institute; Judge, Appellate Court, Sept. 13, 1999-Jan. 3,
2000; Associate Justice, Supreme Court, Jan. 3, 2000; Administrative Judge of
the Appellate System, June 1, 2000-July 31, 2006; Recipient of honorary J.D.
degree, Quinnipiac University School of Law, 2006.
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE PETER T. ZARELLA
Born Oct. 13, 1949, Boston, Massachusetts; Education: Xavier
High School, Concord, Massachusetts, 1967; B.S., Northeastern University, Massachusetts,
1972; J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1975; Admitted to the Massachusetts
Bar, 1975; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1977; U. S. District Court, Massachusetts,
1976; U. S. District Court, Connecticut, 1977; U. S. Court of Appeals, Second
Circuit, 1985; U. S. Supreme Court, 1985; U. S. District Court, Southern District
of New York, 1990; Private Law Practice, 1977-96; Connecticut Bar Association,
Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, Executive Committee, 1985-90; Connecticut
Bar Association, Banking Law Committee, 1990-94; Incorporator, Stowe Day Foundation,
1985-95; Town of West Hartford, Ethics Commission, 1992-95; Town of West Hartford,
Charter Revision Commission, 1995-96; Town Chairman, Republican Party, Town
of West Hartford, 1992-96; Judge, Superior Court, 1996-2000; Judge, Appellate
Court, Jan. 3, 2000; Associate Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court, Jan. 22,
2001; Chairman, Criminal Justice Commission, Feb. 2001-Feb. 2006; Chairman,
Rules Committee, Sept. 2001-present.
SENIOR JUSTICE WILLIAM J. SULLIVAN
Born Mar. 12, 1939, Waterbury, Connecticut; Education: Sacred Heart High School, 1957; B.A., Providence College, 1962; J.D., Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, 1965; Admitted to Connecticut and Virginia Bars, 1965; Military Service, 1965-66, U. S. Army, Vietnam, Two Bronze Stars, Air Medal; Private Law Practice, 1967-78; Clerk, Finance Committee, Connecticut Senate, 1967; Director, Connecticut's Vietnam Veterans Bonus Division, 1967-70; City of Waterbury Civil Service Commission, 1974-75; Corporation Counsel, City of Waterbury, 1976-78; Criminal Justice Commission, 1995-2001; Connecticut Judges Association, Executive Committee, 1996-2001; Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation; Superior Court Judge, Sept. 28, 1978-Dec. 30, 1997; Appellate Court Judge, Dec. 31, 1997; Associate Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court, Oct. 12, 1999-2001; Chief Justice, Jan. 22, 2001-April 15, 2006; Senior Justice, April 16, 2006-present.
THE APPELLATE COURT
Front (left to right): Judge Thomas A.
Bishop, Judge William J. Lavery, Chief Judge Joseph P. Flynn, Judge Barry
R. Schaller, Judge Alexandra D. DiPentima; Rear (left to right): Senior
Judge Joseph H. Pellegrino, Judge Chase T. Rogers (appointed Chief Justice
of the Supreme Court effective April 25, 2007), Judge F. Herbert Gruendel,
Judge C. Ian McLachlan, Judge Lubbie Harper, Jr., Judge Douglas S. Lavine.
CONNECTICUT APPELLATE COURT
CHIEF JUDGE JOSEPH P. FLYNN
Born Oct. 19, 1940, Derby, Connecticut; Education:
Notre Dame High School, 1958; B.A., Fairfield University, 1962; J.D., Georgetown,
1965; Military: Lance Corporal, U. S. Marine Corps Reserve, 1966-68; Lt. Commander,
Judge Advocate General's Corp., U. S. Naval Reserve, 1968-83; Staff Member,
U. S. Senator Thomas J. Dodd, Washington, DC, 1962-65; Admitted to the Connecticut
Bar and U. S. District Court (Connecticut), 1965; U. S. Court of Appeals,
2nd Circuit, 1966; Private Practice, Ansonia, Connecticut, 1965-1985; Corporation
Counsel, Town of Seymour, 1967-71; Staff Attorney, Connecticut Legislative
Council, Connecticut General Assembly, 1967-69; Counsel, Legislative Interim
General Law Committee, 1968-1969; Counsel, Legislative Commission to Study
Uniform Consumer Credit Code, 1968; Counsel, Special Legislative Committee
to Study Water Resources and Coastal Wetlands Problems, 1968-69; Special Public
Defender, Juvenile Court, Waterbury, 1968, et seq.; Counsel, Seymour Charter
Commission, 1968; Special Public Defender, 5th Circuit Court and Court of
Common Pleas, 1967, et seq.; Counsel, Senate Majority Leader, 1971-72; Special
Counsel, Town of Beacon Falls, 1973; Counsel, Senate Minority Leader, 1973-74;
State Senator, 17th District, 1975-79; Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association;
Arbitrator selected under Connecticut General Statutes, Hartford, Clinton,
Newtown and Norwalk, teachers' contracts, 1974-75; Special Master, Civil Jury
Cases, Ansonia-Milford Judicial District, 1985; Judge, Superior Court, 1985-2001;
Instructor, Business and Environmental Law, Fairfield University, 1985; Assistant
Administrative Judge, Waterbury, 1988; Assistant Administrative Judge, Ansonia-Milford
Judicial District, 1997-98; Administrative Judge, 1998-99; Deputy Chief Court
Administrator, 1999-2001; Associate Judge, Appellate Court, Feb. 7, 2001;
Chief Judge, Appellate Court, Feb. 1, 2006; Member, Judicial Evaluation Committee,
1986-93; Member, Superior Court Committee on Admissions to the Bar, 1994-present;
Member, Chief Justice's Civil Commission, 1999-2000; Member, Rules Committee,
2001-2003; Member, Chief Justice's Committee to Study Attorney Grievance Procedures;
Member, Connecticut State Library Board; Member, Connecticut Bar Association;
Member, Connecticut Judges Association, Vice President, 1989, President, 1994;
Member/Past President, Lower Naugatuck Valley Bar Association; Distinguished
Service Award, Lower Naugatuck Valley Bar Association, 1987; Outstanding Jurist
Award, Lower Naugatuck Valley Bar Association, 2006; Citation for Outstanding
Public Service and Leadership, Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyer's
Section, 2006; Martin Luther King Brotherhood Award, 2007.
JUDGE WILLIAM J. LAVERY
Born Mar. 26, 1938, Bridgeport,
Connecticut; Education: Fairfield Prep., 1955; A.B., Fairfield University,
1959; LL.B., Fordham Law School, 1964; Military Service: U.S. Army, Active
Duty, 1960; 1961-62; U.S. Army Reserve, 1960-64; Admitted to the Connecticut
Bar, 1964; Member, Bridgeport Board of Aldermen, 1963-67; Connecticut State
Representative, 1967-71; House Chairman, Legislative Public Health and Safety
Committee, 1969-71; Attorney, Bridgeport Housing Authority, 1969-72; Counsel
to Majority Party, House of Representatives, 1971-73; Member, Council on Environmental
Quality of State of Connecticut, 1971-74; Vice Chairman, Newtown Charter Commission,
1974-75; Town and Borough Attorney of Newtown, 1976-81; Member, Commission
on Comprehensive Health Planning, 1976-79; Vice Chairman, Commission on Hospitals
and Health Care, 1976-81; Former Chairman, Bridgeport Mental Health Council;
Former Member, Hall Settlement House Board of Directors; Member, Newtown Scholarship
Committee (Emeritus); Vice President, Connecticut Judges Association, 1990-91;
Member, Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1991-98; Trustee, C. H. Booth Library,
Newtown, 1991-2002; Member, Judicial Evaluation Advisory Panel, 1991-2000;
President, Connecticut Judges Association, 1992-93; Board of Directors, Family
Counseling Center, 1993-1999; Director, Pope John Paul II Nursing Home, 1995-Present;
Member, Mercy Learning Center Advisory Committee, 1997-2000; Co-Chairman,
Appellate/Supreme Court Legal Intern Committee; Director, Aids Project of
Greater Danbury, 1999-Present; Member, Chief Justice's Committee to Revise
Grievance Rules, 2000-01; Co-Chairman, Connecticut Appellate Rules Advisory
Committee, 2001-Present; Chairman, C. H. Booth Library Board of Trustees,
2004-Present; Co-Chairman, Newtown High School Overcrowding Committee, 2004-Present;
Member, Fairfield Hills Management Advisory Committee, 2004-2006; Judge, Connecticut
Superior Court, 1981-89; Judge, Connecticut Appellate Court, Oct. 4, 1989-Present;
Chief Judge, Connecticut Appellate Court, Mar. 12, 2000-Jan. 31, 2006; Chief
Court Administrator, Feb. 1, 2006-present.
JUDGE BARRY R. SCHALLER
Born Nov. 23, 1938, Hartford,
Connecticut; Education: Manchester High School, 1956; B.A., Yale University,
1960; J.D., Yale Law School, 1963; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1963;
Member, U.S. District Court for Connecticut; Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit,
U.S. Supreme Court; Member, American Law Institute, Connecticut Bar Association,
New Haven County Bar Association, Hartford County Bar Association, Phi Delta
Phi Legal Fraternity; Charter Life Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation; Former
Member, Fellows Advisory Committee, Connecticut Bar Foundation; Private Law
Practice, 1963-74; Counsel, House Minority Leader, 1969; Member, Connecticut
Board of Pardons, 1971-74; Chair, 1973-74; Connecticut Planning Committee
on Criminal Administration, Executive Committee, 1972-74; Guggenheim Fellow,
Yale Law School, 1975-76, 1984, 1985-86; Visiting Lecturer, Yale College,
1986, 1988; Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Yale Law School, 1989-Present; Visiting
Lecturer, Quinnipiac University Law School, 2002; Visiting Lecturer, Wesleyan
University, 2003-Present; Visiting Lecturer, Public Policy and Legal Studies,
Trinity College, 2003-Present; Visiting Lecturer, School of Public Health,
University of Connecticut, 2005; Faculty, American Academy of Judicial Education;
Member, Yale Bioethics Project; Member, Advisory Committee, Donaghue Initiative
at Yale in Biomedical and Behavioral Research Ethics; Member, Bioethics Committee,
Middlesex Hospital; Member, Institutional Review Board, St. Francis Hospital;
Executive Committee, Yale Law School, 1990-92; Associate Fellow, Branford
College, Yale University; Member, Executive Committee for the Judicial Branch,
2002-Present; Judicial Evidence Code Drafting Committee, 1998; Chairman, Task
Force on Pattern Jury Instructions, 1996; Executive Committee, Connecticut
Center for Judicial Education, 1989-92; Chair, Superior Court Bench Book Committee,
1985-92; Faculty, Connecticut Judges Institute; Director, Connecticut Judges
Association, 1990-92; Judge, Circuit Court, 1974-75; Judge, Court of Common
Pleas, 1975-78; Judge, Superior Court, 1978-92; Judge, Appellate Court, Oct.
23, 1992; Elliot Book Award, Quinnipiac University, School of Law, 1997.
JUDGE THOMAS A. BISHOP
Born Dec. 13, 1941, New Rochelle, New York; Education:
Stepinac High School, 1959; B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1963; J.D., Georgetown
University, 1969; U. S. Army Intelligence Officer, 1964-1966; Admitted to
the Connecticut Bar, 1969; U. S. District Court, Connecticut, 1970; Private
Law Practice, 1969-94; Chair, CBA Family Law Section, 1981-83; President,
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, 1989-91; President, Connecticut
Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1990-91; Adjunct Professor,
University of Connecticut School of Law, 1987-present; Attorney Trial Referee
and Special Master, New London, Middlesex and New Haven Judicial Districts,
1989-94; Member, Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee, 1990-94; Fellow,
Connecticut Bar Foundation; Presiding Judge, Tolland Judicial District, Family,
Support (S), Dissolution (D); Assistant Administrative Judge, 1994-96; Superior
Court Judge, Family Division (S&D), Hartford Judicial District, 1996-99;
Complex Litigation Docket, Rockville Judicial District, 1999-2001; Criminal
Justice Commission, 2001-present; Appellate Court Judge, 2001-present.
JUDGE ALEXANDRA DIPENTIMA
Born April 18, 1953, Sharon, Connecticut; Education:
A.B., Princeton University, 1975; J.D., University of Connecticut School of
Law, 1979; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1979; U. S. District Court, Connecticut,
1980; U. S. Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit), 1983; U. S. Supreme Court, 1987;
Staff Attorney, Connecticut Legal Services, Inc., Willimantic, 1979-81; Attorney
and Principal (from 1985), Moller, Horton and Rice, P.C., 1981-83; Chair,
Young Lawyers Section, Connecticut Bar Association, 1989-90; Treasurer, 1993-94,
Board of Directors, 1990-93, Hartford County Bar Association; Member, Superior
Court Rules Committee, 1995-2000; Member, Judicial Education Committee, 1997-present;
President, Connecticut Judges Association, 2001-02; Co-author, Connecticut
Practice Book Annotated (West 4th Ed.); Judge, Superior Court, 1993-2003;
Administrative Judge, Litchfield Judicial District, 1998-2003; Appellate Court
Judge, May 13, 2003.
JUDGE C. IAN MCLACHLAN
Born June 2, 1942, Norwalk, Connecticut; Education:
Fairfield College Preparatory School, 1960; Georgetown University, 1964; LL.B.,
Fordham University School of Law, 1967; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1968;
New York, 1967; Member, United States District Court for Connecticut; Member,
American Law Institute, American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association,
Hartford County Bar Association, National Conference of Appellate Judges; Connecticut
Bar Foundation, Fellow; American Bar Foundation, Fellow, Private Law Practice,
1969-96; Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1976-97; Connecticut
Chapter President, 1987-89; American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Board of
Governors, 1989-93, Counsel, 1993-94; International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers,
Founder, 1986; Connecticut Judges' Institute Lecturer, 1997, 1999, 2001; University
of Connecticut School of Law, Adjunct Faculty, 2000; Member, Judicial Task Force
on Pro Se Dissolutions in Connecticut, 1998-99; Chief Justice's Task Force on
Pro Se Litigants, Co-Chair, 2001; Member, Governor's Commission on Children,
Custody and Divorce, 2001-02; Chair, Chief Justice's Committee on Lawyer Advertising,
2003-2006; Co-Chair, Connecticut Bar Association Committee on Appellate Advocacy
Specialization, 2006; Judge, Superior Court, 1996; Judge, Appellate Court, May
JUDGE LUBBIE HARPER, JR.
Born Nov. 30, 1942, New Haven, Connecticut; Education:
Wilbur L. Cross High School, 1961; B.S., University of New Haven, 1965; M.S.W.,
University of Connecticut School of Social Work, 1967; J.D., University of Connecticut
School of Law, 1975; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1976; U.S. District Court,
Connecticut, 1976; U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 1984; U.S. Supreme Court,
1984; Private Law Practice, 1976-1997; Chairperson, Commission on Racial and
Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System, 2006-present; Connecticut Judicial
Branch's primary contact person, National Campaign to Ensure the Racial and
Ethnic Fairness of America's State Courts, 2006-present; James W. Cooper Fellow,
Connecticut Bar Foundation; Member, New Haven County Bar Association; Member,
Advisory Board for the Legal Studies Program, University of New Haven; Member,
Board of Directors, Connecticut Judges Association; Participant, Judicial Branch
Speakers Bureau and Mentor Programs; Member, Judicial Branch Rules Committee,
2003-2005, New Haven County Courthouse Restoration Task Force; Former President,
Board of Directors, New Haven Legal Assistance Association for twelve years;
Former Clinical Tutor, Trial Practice, Yale University School of Law; Former
Board Member, Shirley Frank Foundation, Children's Museum of Greater New Haven,
Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, Dixwell Legal Rights Association, Urban League;
Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award for Excellent Achievement in the Study
of Criminal Law and Process, presented by Lawyers' Cooperative Publishing Company,
University of Connecticut School of Law, 1975; Recipient, University of New
Haven Distinguished Alumni Award, 2003; Recipient, Connecticut Chapter of the
Men and Women for Justice, Inc. Achievement Award, 2005; Recipient, Connecticut
Bar Association Young Lawyer's Section First Annual Diversity Award, 2005; Recipient,
Bridgeport Bar Association Criminal Law Committee Judicial Integrity Award,
2005; Inductee, Wilbur Cross High School Hall of Fame, 2005; Honoree, Creation
of James Hillhouse High School Judge Lubbie Harper, Jr. Annual Leadership Award,
2006; Recipient, Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP, The Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award, 2006; Recipient, National Sorority of Phi
Delta Kappa, Inc., Delta Phi Chapter, Distinguished Public Service Award, 2007;
Former Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers, International, National,
American, and Connecticut Bar Associations, Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers
Association, American and Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, National School
Board Association, Council of School Attorneys, American Arbitration Association,
Search Committee for Probate Court Administrator and Judge Support Services
Advisory Board; Former Member, Board of Governors, University of New Haven;
Former Member, Board of Directors, University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni
Association, New Haven Civil Service Commission; Judge, Superior Court, 1997;
Judge, Appellate Court, January 26, 2005.
JUDGE F. HERBERT GRUENDEL
Born March 6, 1946, Montclair, New Jersey; Education:
A.B., Drew University, 1969; M.A., University of Maryland, 1971; M.A. University
of Pennsylvania, 1974; Ed.M., Rutgers University, 1976; J.D., University of
Connecticut, 1984; Bush Fellow, Yale University, 1983-84; M.A. (cand.), Hartford
Seminary (current); Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1984; U. S. District Court,
Connecticut, 1984; U. S. Supreme Court; Private Law Practice, 1984-1998; Judge,
Superior Court, 1998-2005; Chief Administrative Judge, Family Division, 2000-2005;
Member, Governor's Commission on Children, Custody, and Divorce; Hon. Robert
C. Zampano Award for Excellence in Mediation, Community Mediation, Inc., 2003;
Connecticut Bar Association Pro Bono Award, 2003; Connecticut Bar Foundation,
Fellow; Judge, Appellate Court, January 26, 2005.
JUDGE DOUGLAS S. LAVINE
Judge 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 masters degree in journalism. He received 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, Jr. 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.
SENIOR JUDGE JOSEPH H. PELLEGRINO
Born June 9, 1936, New Haven, Connecticut; Education: B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1958; M.A., Fairfield University, 1962; J.D., Boston College Law School, 1963; Admitted to the Connecticut Bar, 1963; Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation, 1998-present; Member, Executive Committee, Superior Court, 1995-96; Member, Superior Court Rules Committee, 1997-2000; Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Judicial Award, 1996; Connecticut Italian American Bar Association Achievement Award, 1998; Hon. Robert C. Zampano Award for Excellence in Mediation, Community Mediation, Inc., 1998; Special Citation-Connecticut Bar Association, April 24, 2006; Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award, June 12, 2006; Private Law Practice, 1963-90; Superior Court Judge, 1990-2000; Chief Administrative Judge, Civil Division, 1997-2000; Appellate Court Judge, 2000-2006; Chief Court Administrator, Dec. 27, 2000-2006; Senior Judge, Appellate Court, 2006.