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Personal Details

Education

  • PhD, Humane Letters, Lynchburg College, 2010
  • BA, Political Science, Lynchburg College, 1989-1993, Grade Point Average of 3.2

Professional Experience

  • PhD, Humane Letters, Lynchburg College, 2010
  • BA, Political Science, Lynchburg College, 1989-1993, Grade Point Average of 3.2
  • Realtor, William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty, 1995-present
  • Intern, United States Senator Christopher J. Dodd
  • Substitute Teacher, Norwalk Public Schools, 1993-1995

Political Experience

  • PhD, Humane Letters, Lynchburg College, 2010
  • BA, Political Science, Lynchburg College, 1989-1993, Grade Point Average of 3.2
  • Realtor, William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty, 1995-present
  • Intern, United States Senator Christopher J. Dodd
  • Substitute Teacher, Norwalk Public Schools, 1993-1995
  • Senator, Connecticut State Senate, District 25, 2004-present
  • Majority Leader, Connecticut State Senate, present
  • Former Deputy Majority Whip, Connecticut State Senate
  • Former Assistant Majority Leader, Connecticut State Senate
  • Assistant President Pro Tempore, Connecticut State Senate, 2013-2015
  • Manager, Mayoral Race, City of Norwalk, 1995
  • Field Coordinator, John Larson for Governor Campaign, District 4, 1994

Former Committees/Caucuses

Chair, Peak Oil and Natural Gas Production Caucus, 2007-present

Former Chair, Banks Committee, Connecticut State Senate

Member, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators

Former Vice Chair, Transportation Committee, Connecticut State Senate

Chair, Energy Scarcity and Security Task Force, 2008

Current Legislative Committees

Co-Chair, Executive and Legislative Nominations

Vice Chair, Legislative Management

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • PhD, Humane Letters, Lynchburg College, 2010
  • BA, Political Science, Lynchburg College, 1989-1993, Grade Point Average of 3.2
  • Realtor, William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty, 1995-present
  • Intern, United States Senator Christopher J. Dodd
  • Substitute Teacher, Norwalk Public Schools, 1993-1995
  • Senator, Connecticut State Senate, District 25, 2004-present
  • Majority Leader, Connecticut State Senate, present
  • Former Deputy Majority Whip, Connecticut State Senate
  • Former Assistant Majority Leader, Connecticut State Senate
  • Assistant President Pro Tempore, Connecticut State Senate, 2013-2015
  • Manager, Mayoral Race, City of Norwalk, 1995
  • Field Coordinator, John Larson for Governor Campaign, District 4, 1994
  • Member, Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 2007-present
  • Board Member, Mid Fairfield County Child Guidance Center, 2005-present
  • Member, Advisory Board, Family and Children's Agency, 2004-present
  • Board Member, Elderhouse Adult Day Care Center, 2002-present
  • Board Member, Human Service Council, 2002-present
  • Board Member, Norwalk Tree Alliance, 2002-present
  • Member, Advisory Board, Norwalk Land Trust, 2001-present
  • Member, Mid Fairfield Board of Realtors, 1995-present
  • Member, Family and Children's Agency, present
  • Member, Norwalk United Methodist Church, present
  • Board Member, Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, 2008
  • Member, Emerging Leaders' Conference, State Legislative Leaders Foundation, 2006
  • Member, Fleming Fellows Leadership Institute of the Center for Policy Alternatives, 2004

Other Info

— Awards:

  • * Community Action Senate Leader of the Year
  • * Outstanding Elected Official
  • * Legislator of the Year
  • * Humanitarian of the Year
  • * Children's Champion
  • * Family Legislator of the Year
  • * Friend of the Restaurant Industry
  • * Outstanding Elected Official of the Year
  • * Clean Energy Champion

Legislator of the Year, Young Men's Christian Association of Connecticut, 2003; Legislator of the Year Award, National Association of Social Workers, Connecticut Chapter, 2005; Rick Wallace Award of Merit Legislator of the Year Award, Connecticut Association of Not-for-profit Providers for the Aging.

Favorite Book:

Man of the House by Tip O'Neill, Truman by David McCullough

Favorite TV Shows:

Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond

Policy Positions

Connecticut State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test

Campaign Finance and Government Reform

1. Should Connecticut participate in the federal REAL ID program?
- Undecided

2. Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?
- Yes

3. Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Abortion

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

1. Abortions should be subject to a mandatory waiting period.
- No Answer

2. Abortions should always be legal.
- X

3. Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
- No Answer

4. Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
- No Answer

5. Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
- No Answer

6. Abortions should always be illegal.
- No Answer

7. Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
- No Answer

8. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Crime

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
- X

3. Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
- No Answer

4. Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
- X

5. Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
- No Answer

6. Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
- X

7. Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.
- X

8. Support hate crime legislation.
- X

9. Support the death penalty in Connecticut.
- No Answer

10. Support a three-strikes law for individuals convicted of three violent felonies.
- No Answer

Education

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

1. Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of Connecticut to pay in-state tuition at public universities.
- No Answer

2. Support state funding of universal pre-K programs.
- X

3. Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
- No Answer

4. Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students.
- X

5. Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
- No Answer

6. Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
- No Answer

7. Support using a merit pay system for teachers.
- No Answer

8. Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
- No Answer

9. Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
- X

10. Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
- No Answer

11. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Gun

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

1. Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
- No Answer

2. Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
- No Answer

3. Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
- Yes

4. Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
- No Answer

5. Should a license be required for gun possession?
- No Answer

6. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Health

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
- X

3. Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
- No Answer

4. Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
- No Answer

5. Allow patients to sue their HMOs.
- X

6. Require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising patient confidentiality.
- X

7. Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
- No Answer

8. Support allowing municipalities, nonprofits and small businesses to buy into the state employees' health insurance plan.
- X

9. Legalize physician assisted suicide in Connecticut.
- No Answer

Budget and Tax

State Budget: Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.

1. Education (Higher)
- Maintain Status

2. Education (K-12)
- Slightly Increase

3. Environment
- Slightly Increase

4. Health care
- Maintain Status

5. Law enforcement
- Maintain Status

6. Transportation and Highway infrastructure
- Greatly Increase

7. Welfare
- Maintain Status

8. Emergency preparedness
- Maintain Status

9. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

State Taxes: Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.

1. Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
- No

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

3. Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
- No

4. Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
- No

5. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

6. Alcohol taxes
- Maintain Status

7. Cigarette taxes
- Maintain Status

8. Corporate taxes
- Maintain Status

9. Gasoline taxes
- Maintain Status

10. Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
- Maintain Status

11. Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
- Maintain Status

12. Sales taxes
- Maintain Status

13. Vehicle taxes
- Slightly Decrease

14. Should the business entity tax be repealed?
- Yes

15. Should the business entity tax be repealed on small businesses?
- Yes

Campaign Finance and Government Reform

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

1. Do you support limiting the number of terms for Connecticut governors?
- No

2. Do you support limiting the number of terms for Connecticut state senators and representatives?
- No

Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

1. PAC
- Yes

2. Political Parties
- No

3. Individual
- Yes

4. Corporate
- Yes

Employment

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

1. Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
- X

2. Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
- X

3. Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
- X

4. Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
- X

5. Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
- X

6. Increase the state minimum wage.
- X

7. Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.
- No Answer

8. Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
- X

9. Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
- X

10. Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
- X

11. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

12. Include gender identity in Connecticut's anti-discrimination laws.
- X

Environment and Energy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
- X

3. Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc).
- No Answer

4. Support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops.
- X

5. Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
- X

6. Support funding for open space preservation.
- X

7. Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
- X

8. Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
- X

9. Support funding for improvements to Connecticut's power generating and transmission facilities.
- No Answer

Social

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

1. Should Connecticut continue to recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
- Yes

2. Should Connecticut provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?
- Yes

3. Should Connecticut continue affirmative action programs?
- Yes

4. Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
- Yes

5. Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?
- Yes

6. Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?
- No Answer

7. Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
- Yes

8. Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
- No Answer

9. Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?
- No Answer

10. Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?
- No Answer

11. Do you support state funding of stem cell research?
- Yes

12. Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?
- Yes

13. Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?
- No

14. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Legislative Priorities

1. Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- No Answer

Articles

Issue Position: Good News

Jan. 1, 2016

We're Doing OK, Connecticut When you look at the facts it's easy to see that our quality of life is much better than many people realize. Comparing all 50 states…We're ranked #1 in Health, education, and earnings Highest ACT scores Personal income per capita Most Fortune 500 company headquarters per capita Most supportive state for Veteran-owned small businesses National leader in Advanced Manufacturing National leader in Bioscience We're ranked #2 in Overall children's health Adult population with college degrees We're ranked #3 in Youth education Best K-12 public education system Overall spending on pre-K Employees with advanced degrees Best state for working moms We're ranked #4 in Best reading scores Bioscience patents per capita We're ranked #5 in Overall children's well-being Best health care in the nation Scientists and employees with advanced degrees Median household income Most innovative state in the nation Best state for women to work in Highest manufacturing hourly wages We're ranked #6 in Healthiest state in the nation Lowest rate of residents without health insurance Safest state in the nation We're ranked #7 in Best state for overall environmental quality and behaviors "Greenest" state in the nation Number of patents registered PLUS… We're on track to end chronic homelessness THIS YEAR. Connecticut is one of only 2 states in the nation to end veteran homelessness. UCONN is ranked in the top 2% of U.S. four-year colleges as a best value. So yes, Connecticut is doing well and I'm working hard for even greater improvement.

Issue Position: Stopping the Rip Offs

Jan. 1, 2016

Questionable marketing and billing practices by some electric service suppliers lead to the creation of an "Electric Consumers' Bill of Rights." Residential users now receive information and bills that are easy to understand and easy to compare with competing electric suppliers.

Issue Position: Building Global Relations

Jan. 1, 2016

In 2015 Bob lead a bipartisan delegation of legislators representing five U.S. states in meetings with business leaders and government officials in three Chinese cities. Bob's goal was to open direct lines of communication and establish relationships for future business growth. Economic development and urban renewal were both hot topics during the 10-day visit.

Events

2020

May 27
Facebook LIVE with Dr. Juan Salazar

Wed 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

May 20
Facebook LIVE with Paul Mounds, Jr.

Wed 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

May 13