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Elizabeth Esty

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House, Connecticut, District #5

Contact Information:

114 West Main Street Old Post Office Plaza,
LLC New Britain,
CT 06051
202-225-4476
http://esty.house.gov/

Biography:

Elizabeth served in the Connecticut General Assembly (2009-2011) and the Cheshire Town Council (2005-2008) where she made her mark as an advocate for responsible budgeting and job creation. Elizabeth has acted on her lifetime commitment to equality and fairness. As an attorney at Sidley Austin she authored Supreme Court briefs for medical providers to protect access to reproductive health services. In the state legislature she proudly voted for full marriage rights and benefits for gay couples.
Elizabeth graduated from Harvard University in 1981 and earned her law degree from Yale Law School in 1985. After clerking for US District Judge Robert Keeton of Massachusetts, she joined the firm of Sidley Austin and served as a member of the Supreme Court bar. She later went on to work in health care and Medicare policy as a Senior Research scholar at Yale and to teach as an adjunct professor at American University.
Elizabeth was elected to Congress on November 6, 2012. Esty serves on the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. As the Representative for Newtown, CT, Elizabeth believes it is critical for our country to address gun violence and make a strong commitment to keeping families safe. That means sensible gun policies - reinstatement of the federal assault weapons ban, closing the gun show loophole and placing a ban on high-capacity magazine clips - as well as making a firm and lasting commitment to mental health services. It has been made clear by law enforcement, first responders, mental health professionals, and community leaders in Newtown, across Connecticut, and around the country that Congress must take comprehensive action.

Elizabeth strongly supports a woman’s right to choose and has a long record of advocacy for pro-choice causes, from volunteering for Planned Parenthood while in college to authoring Supreme Court briefs for medical providers.
Elizabeth lives in Cheshire with her husband of 28 years, Dan Esty and is a mother of three - Sarah, Thomas, and Jonathan. She serves her church and her community, working with the local Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters, Land Trust, Cheshire Public Library, and the United Way.

Committees:
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Committee on Science, Space and Technology

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