Elizabeth Esty

Elizabeth Esty DEMDemocrat

American politician

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Elizabeth EstyDEMDemocrat American politician
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Elizabeth Esty (née Henderson; born August 25, 1959) is an American lawyer and politician who served as a U.S. Representative from Connecticut's 5th congressional district from 2013 to 2019. A Democrat, she previously was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing the 103rd Assembly District, which consisted of Cheshire and parts of Hamden and Wallingford. She also served two terms on the Cheshire Town Council. The 5th congressional district spans central and northwest Connecticut, including Waterbury, Danbury, New Britain, Meriden, Torrington, Litchfield County, the Farmington Valley, Newtown, and Esty's hometown of Cheshire. Esty defeated two challengers in the August 14, 2012, Democratic primary to become the Democratic nominee in Connecticut's 5th congressional district, and on November 6, 2012, she defeated challenger Andrew Roraback. Esty defeated Mark Greenberg on November 4, 2014, in the state's most competitive district to win her first re-election. On November 8, 2016, Esty defeated Sherman First Selectman Clay Cope by a margin of 58%–42% to win re-election a second time.In early 2018, Esty faced public criticism after news reports revealed that her former chief of staff had been accused of sexual harassment and threats of violence against staff but that she kept him on the payroll for another three months and wrote him a positive letter of reference. After initially insisting she would continue to serve, Esty announced that she would not seek reelection. She cited her failure to protect women on her staff from sexual harassment and threats of violence from her former chief of staff. Jahana Hayes succeeded Esty in Congress.

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Campaign Funding

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Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
Leadership PACs$83,900
Health Professionals$64,624
Lawyers/Law Firms$56,938
Securities & Investment$48,710
Candidate Committees$42,000
Misc Finance$37,056
Public Sector Unions$34,050
Women's Issues$33,911
Real Estate$32,975
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Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education6 - 6 of 4
Yale Law School
Juris Doctor
Harvard University
Bachelor of Arts
Harvard College
Winona Senior High School
Past Positions1 - 8 of 8
United States House of Representatives
2012 - 2019
Connecticut State House of Representatives
2009 - 2011
Cheshire Town Council
2005 - 2008
Former Adjunct Professor
American University
Former Attorney
Supreme Court Bar
Former Attorney
Sidley Austin Limited Liability Partnership
Former Senior Research Scholar
Law Clerk
United States District Judge Robert Keeton, Massachusetts
Other Experience1 - 15 of 15
Chamber of Commerce
Board Member
Cheshire Public Library
Board of Trustees, First Congregational Cheshire
Lay Member
Committee on Ministry, New Haven Association of the United Church of Christ
Legal Advisor
Connecticut League of Women Voters Consensus Project
Parent-Teacher Association
Vice Chair
Congressional Gun and Violence Prevention Task Force
Former Member
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Research and Technology, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Veterans' Affairs Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Science, Space, and Technology, United States House of Represenatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, United States House of Representatives
Former Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, United States House of Representatives