STATE and FEDERAl LAWMAKERS
STATE SEN. STEVE CASSANO (SD-04)
Steve Cassano knows that nothing is more important than putting people back to work and getting our economy growing again.
As a former Mayor of Manchester for 14 years, Steve has brought his experience to the State Capitol to represent the towns of Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury and Manchester.
Steve works with leadership in the legislative and executive branches to meet multiple responsibilities related to state government. He is known as a hard-worker with the ability to bring people together. Steve is a well-respected and active member of the General Assembly.
Steve is a former Sociology professor at Manchester Community College. He and his wife Holly live in Manchester along with their dog Fenway.
STATE REP. JILL BARRY (HD-31)
First elected to the Glastonbury Town Council in 2011, Jill immediately set to work building relationships across the aisle to get things done. She knows how to find common ground to accomplish the common good. During her time on the Council, Jill assisted businesses seeking to expand or relocate. She also initiated and passed the “Tobacco Free Parks” program in Glastonbury after hearing concerns from parents and coaches who saw people smoking near children at baseball games.
In 2018, Jill was elected to represent the 31st District in the General Assembly. She serves as Vice Chair of the Education Committee and also sits on the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee as well as the Public Safety Committee.
Jill works as an Account Manager at Graff Wood Association Management Solutions where she provides accounting, budgeting, and strategic planning for clients—skills that serve her well given the ongoing economic challenges in Hartford.
STATE REP. JASON DOUCETTE (HD-13)
Jason was born and raised Manchester. He grew up in the Martin School district and currently resides on Stephanies Way with his wife, Heather and his boys, Teddy and Charlie.
Elected to the General Assembly in 2018, Jason serves as Vice Chair of the Banking Committee and also sits on the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee and the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee.
Previously, Jason served on the Manchester Board of Directors (Town Council), Workforce Development Commission, Planning and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, School Modernization and Revitalization Committee (SMARTR 1), and Redevelopment Agency, among many others.
When not serving Glastonbury and Manchester in Hartford, Jason works as an attorney with the firm of Gagliardi, Doucette & Geraghty.
SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL
Originally sworn in on January 5, 2011, Richard Blumenthal is serving his second term as a United States Senator from the State of Connecticut. He previously 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 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.
As Attorney General, he advocated for 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 sits on the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Committee on Judiciary, Committee on Armed Services, and Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY
Chris Murphy, the junior United States Senator for Connecticut, has dedicated his career to public service. Senator Murphy has been a strong voice in the Senate fighting for job creation, affordable health care, education, sensible gun laws, and a forward-looking foreign policy.
As a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) Senator Murphy has worked to make college more affordable and ensure that our public education system works to serve all students. Sen. Murphy also led a bipartisan effort to reform our mental health system, working across the aisle to craft the first comprehensive mental health bill.
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. During his time in the House, Murphy worked to improve access to housing for homeless veterans, foster job creation and advocate for affordable healthcare for all Americans.
US REP. JOHN B. LARSON (CT-01)
Congressman John B. Larson proudly represents Connecticut's First District. Now in his eleventh term, John sits on the influential House Ways and Means Committee—including the Subcommittee on Tax Policy and the Social Security Subcommittee, where he serves as the Chairman. Throughout his time in Congress, John has proven himself a staunch advocate for Connecticut's working families, our manufacturing and small business ecosystem, and commonsense solutions for the problems Americans face everyday.
Before entering Congress, John taught history and coached football at George J. Penney High School. 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.
Born and raised in the federal housing project of Mayberry Village in East Hartford, John is fond of saying he is the product of public housing, public education, and public service.
US REP. JOE COURTNEY (HD-13)
Congressman Joe Courtney was elected in 2006 to represent the Second Congressional District of Connecticut in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, and House Education and Labor Committee.
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 50 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.
Dedicated to protecting the environment, Courtney introduced and won passage of a law that designated the Eightmile River in Connecticut as a part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Thanks to his efforts, this pristine and scenic watershed will be preserved for generations to come.
Before serving in Congress, Courtney represented the citizens of Vernon in the Connecticut General Assembly from 1987 to 1994.