I am very happy that I’ve been nominated by the Democratic Party of Danbury to run for reelection to the Connecticut House of Representatives from Danbury’s 110th District. I’ve worked hard to represent the people of my hometown. I’ve kept in touch, listened to them, and worked with them. I’m excited about the opportunity to continue to be their representative.
I was born and raised in Danbury. I was brought up by my parents, Rita and Doug Godfrey, to take on the responsibilities and labor of public service. Government must make things better for every one of us, they told me. We must especially concentrate on protecting and expanding opportunities for working families and the middle class. That’s why I was named an outstanding legislator by the Connecticut AFL-CIO.
It is also why I worked to pass last year’s increase in the minimum wage, and the creation of Connecticut’s paid family and medical leave program. It’s why I’ve dedicated my efforts to our kids and our senior citizens. We owe our kids the opportunity for a successful and prosperous future. We owe our seniors our gratitude, care, and respect.
While there will always be a lot of work left to do, I am most proud of our efforts to ensure our kids receive a great education. I’ve brought hundreds of millions of dollars in education funding back to Danbury, for students and teachers, and for additions to Park Ave and Shelter Rock schools, the Freshman Academy at Danbury High School, and Henry Abbott Tech, and funding for Naugatuck Valley Community College, and Western Connecticut State University. That’s why I’ve been honored to receive the Distinguished Legislator Award from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, and as a Children’s Champion by the CT Early Childhood Alliance.
Because kids can’t learn if they aren’t safe, I have worked to protect them from gun violence, banning military-style assault weapons, making negligent storage of firearms a crime, prohibiting minors from having access to e-cigarettes, and protecting the air quality inside their schools. For efforts like these, I’ve been honored as Champion of Children by the Connecticut Coalition for Children, and as Legislator of the Year by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association.
I’ve also been a champion for our senior citizens. Most recently, I’ve worked to pass our Chronic Disease Care Act, ensuring seniors access to prescription drugs, and the paid family medical leave act. I was honored to receive the AARP’s Capitol Caregiver Award in 2018.
As a Navy veteran, I have always worked to makes sure we never forget to give our deepest appreciation and our obligations to those who have served our country: our veterans. I’ve received special recognition from western Connecticut veterans for my work.
I’m committed to protecting and increasing public access to government and the legislature. I’ve received the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission’s Distinguished Service Award, and the 2017 Bice Clemow Award from the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information.
I’ve served as a leader in the Connecticut House of Representatives for many years. I’m currently the Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore. I’m a member of the Judiciary, Executive & Legislative Nominations, and Legislative Management Committees.
I was born in Danbury in 1948 and have lived here all my life. I graduated from St. Peter School and Immaculate High School in Danbury. I received my bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, and a juris doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. I’m an attorney.
In the past, I’ve managed the family pet shop, served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and was an executive with the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce. In addition to serving in the Connecticut House of Representatives, I previously served as a member of Danbury City Council; as one of 7 Connecticut Presidential Electors for Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016; as the national chair of the Council of State Governments (a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing state officials in all three branches of state government); and as a sponsor and participant in the YMCA’s Youth in Government program (which annually brings high school students to the Capitol to simulate state government). I currently serve on the Board of Directors of APEX, which advocates for people with HIV/AIDS, mental health and substance abuse disorders, and as Adjutant General in the local and state Catholic War Veterans.