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Personal Details

Education

  • JD, University of Connecticut School of Law, 1985
  • MA, English, University of Connecticut, 1972
  • BA, English/Theology, Fairfield University, 1970

Professional Experience

  • JD, University of Connecticut School of Law, 1985
  • MA, English, University of Connecticut, 1972
  • BA, English/Theology, Fairfield University, 1970
  • Adjunct Faculty, Quinnipiac University in Hamden, 2001-present
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of New Haven, 1998-present
  • Attorney, Keyes, Looney, and Murphy, 1985-present
  • Practitioner in Residence, Department of Public Safety, Criminal Justice Program, University of New Haven
  • Public Information Aide, City of New Haven, 1976-1980

Political Experience

  • JD, University of Connecticut School of Law, 1985
  • MA, English, University of Connecticut, 1972
  • BA, English/Theology, Fairfield University, 1970
  • Adjunct Faculty, Quinnipiac University in Hamden, 2001-present
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of New Haven, 1998-present
  • Attorney, Keyes, Looney, and Murphy, 1985-present
  • Practitioner in Residence, Department of Public Safety, Criminal Justice Program, University of New Haven
  • Public Information Aide, City of New Haven, 1976-1980
  • President Pro Tempore, Connecticut State Senate, 2015-present
  • Senator, Connecticut State Senate, District 11, 1993-present
  • Majority Leader, Connecticut State Senate, 2003-2015
  • Assistant Minority Leader, Connecticut State Senate, 1995
  • Representative, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1980-1992

Former Committees/Caucuses

Member, Executive Committee, Criminal Justice Section, Connecticut State Bar Association, 1998-present

Member, Executive Committee, Planning and Zoning Section, Connecticut State Bar Association, 1997-present

Chair, Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee

Vice Chair, Legislative Management Committee

Current Legislative Committees

Vice Chair, Executive and Legislative Nominations

Co-Chair, Legislative Management

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, University of Connecticut School of Law, 1985
  • MA, English, University of Connecticut, 1972
  • BA, English/Theology, Fairfield University, 1970
  • Adjunct Faculty, Quinnipiac University in Hamden, 2001-present
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of New Haven, 1998-present
  • Attorney, Keyes, Looney, and Murphy, 1985-present
  • Practitioner in Residence, Department of Public Safety, Criminal Justice Program, University of New Haven
  • Public Information Aide, City of New Haven, 1976-1980
  • President Pro Tempore, Connecticut State Senate, 2015-present
  • Senator, Connecticut State Senate, District 11, 1993-present
  • Majority Leader, Connecticut State Senate, 2003-2015
  • Assistant Minority Leader, Connecticut State Senate, 1995
  • Representative, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1980-1992
  • Member, Board of Directors, Saint Rose of Lima School, 1994-present
  • Member, New Haven County Bar Association, 1986-present
  • Member, Connecticut State Bar Association, 1985-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Community Mediation Incorporated, 1983-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Fair Haven Community Health Center, 1982-present
  • Former President, Saint Rose Parish Council
  • Former Parish Trustee, Saint Rose Parish Council
  • Treasurer, New Haven Democratic Town Committee, 1976-1978

Other Info

— Awards:

  • Alumni Knight of Honor, Notre Dame High School, West Haven, 1993; National Catholic Elementary School Distinguished Graduate Award, 1992; Legislator of the Year, Caucus of Connecticut Democrats, 1987.

Names of Grandchildren:

Matthew, Anna.

  • 2

Policy Positions

Connecticut State Legislative Election 2018 Political Courage Test

Education

1. Do you support adopting federal education standards in Connecticut?
- No

2. Should immigrants unlawfully present in the United States who graduate from Connecticut high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
- Yes

3. Do you support state funding for charter schools?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Legislative Priorities

In the following area, 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.
- 1. The adoption of paid family and medical leave in Connecticut. 2. Incremental increase of minimum wage to $ 15.00 per hour3. Creation of greater regional combinations for delivery of municipal services, especially creation of more regional school districts

Gun

1. Should teachers be allowed to bring guns into the classroom?
- No

2. Should a license be required for gun ownership?
- Yes

3. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

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

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Health

1. Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

3. Should the state government increase funding for treatment facilities to combat opioid abuse?
- Yes

4. Do you support legislation that grants citizens the right to choose to die through euthanasia?
- No

5. Do you support eliminating religious exemptions for vaccinations?
- Yes

6. Do you support Medicaid expansion through Connecticut's health care programs?
- Yes

7. Do you support implementing a state administered paid medical and family leave program?
- Yes

Social

1. Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Connecticut's anti-discrimination laws?
- Yes

2. Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Connecticut's anti-discrimination laws?
- Yes

3. Do you support greater efforts by Connecticut state government in closing the pay gap between men and women?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Environment & Energy

1. Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

3. Do you support state government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

4. Do you support increasing state funding for clean drinking water initiatives?
- Yes

Abortion & Reproductive

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice

2. Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
- Yes

3. Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
- No

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Campaign Finance & Government Reform

1. Do you support any limits on campaign contributions to state candidates?
- Yes

2. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Yes

3. Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
- Yes

4. Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
- No

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Crime & Public Safety

1. Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
- No

2. Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
- No

3. Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
- No

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

5. Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
- Yes

Economic

1. Do you support state government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

2. Do you support lowering state taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

3. Do you support reducing state government regulations on the private sector?
- Yes

4. Do you support an increase of the minimum wage of Connecticut?
- Yes

5. Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
- Yes

6. Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
- No

7. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Budget, Spending, & Tax

Budget Stabilization:

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Connecticut's budget.

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions?
- No

3. Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees?
- No

4. Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients?
- No

5. An income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Yes

Speeches
Events

2020

Mar. 14
Cancelled: Coffee and Conversation: Saturday, March 14

Sat 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Fair Haven Library New Haven, CT

Feb. 22
Coffee and Conversation: 2.22.20

Sat 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST

Wooster Square Coffee New Haven, CT

Feb. 8
2020 Legislative Priorities Forum

Sat 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Best Video Film & Cultural Center Hamden, CT