State representative Bob Godfrey

State Representative Bob Godfrey



Godfrey serves in a national leadership role as a past chairman of the Council of State Governments, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing state officials in all three branches of state government.


Since taking office in 1989, he has been an impassioned advocate, particularly proud of:

  • 1990’s Kids and Guns Act for which he was named Champion of Children by the Connecticut Coalition for Children;
  • 1993’s Assault Weapons Ban for which he was named Legislator of the Year by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association;
  • 1996’s constitutional amendment guaranteeing protections for victims of crime;
  • His personal advocacy for working families for which the Connecticut AFL-CIO recognized him as Outstanding Legislator of 2000;
  • 2003’s Safe Schools Act to improve indoor air quality in schools;
  • His commitment to increased public access to government and the legislature for which the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission presented him with its 2003 Distinguished Service Award, and the 2017 Bice Clemow Award from the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information;
  • 2006’s Distinguished Legislator Award from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education for his efforts to provide quality public education.
  • 2008’s special recognition from the military veterans of western Connecticut for his long advocacy for his comrades-in-arms;
  • 2009’s Probate Court Reform which made the courts more effective and efficient while maintaining their user-friendliness;
  • Being named Children’s Champion, by the CT Early Childhood Alliance, 2009-2010-and 2011;
  • 2012’s H. Paul White Leadership Award by the CSG’s ERC;
  • 2013’s Gun Violence and Children’s Safety Act and the Labeling of GMOs Act
  • 2014’s Chronic Disease Care Act, and the increase to the minimum wage
  • 2015’s restrictions on e-cigarettes; and
  • 2016’s update of the Limited Liability Company Act.

Bob annually sponsors and participates in the YMCA’s Youth and Government program, which brings high school students to the Capitol to simulate state government. He serves on the Board of Directors of APEX, which advocates for people with HIV/AIDS, mental health and substance abuse disorders. Bob was born in Danbury in 1948 and has lived there all his life. He attended St. Peter’s School and Immaculate High School in Danbury. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law. He is an attorney. In the past, Bob managed the family pet shop, served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, was an executive with the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, and served for five years on Danbury’s Common Council.

He can be contacted here.

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