A champion for Connecticut working families
Elizabeth Esty is a dedicated public servant and an experienced leader running for re-election to continue fighting for Connecticut working families. Prior to winning her election to Congress in 2012, she was elected to serve her community in the Connecticut General Assembly from 2009 to 2011 and served as a member of the Cheshire Town Council from 2005 to 2008. As a mother of three, her community engagement and leadership began with her local PTA, her children’s sports leagues, their public library, and church. She was inspired to run for office for the first time when her daughter, then 15, overheard her talking about the direction of their town council, and reminded Elizabeth of the advice she gave her children. “You always told us if you saw a problem and you can do something about it, to step up and do it yourself,” her daughter told her, and Elizabeth has been stepping up to run — and winning — ever since. Elizabeth is a graduate of Harvard University and earned her law degree from Yale Law School. After clerking for a U.S. district judge, she joined a private practice before going on to teach as an adjunct professor at American University and to work as a senior research scholar at Yale, focusing on health care and Medicare policy. Elizabeth lives in Cheshire with her husband of 31 years, Dan.
An experienced leader fighting to expand economic opportunity
Elizabeth’s top priorities are expanding economic opportunity and creating good paying jobs for Connecticut’s hardworking families. She is a fierce advocate for reinvigorating Connecticut’s manufacturing tradition through investments in infrastructure, research and development, and job training. Elizabeth champions policies that help small businesses and green jobs grow our economy and help Connecticut communities thrive. Even in the most hostile political climate, she gets the job done. After President Trump took office, Elizabeth kept fighting for Connecticut and became the first Democrat to introduce a bill signed into law: two pieces of legislation to help women pursuing STEM careers and women entrepreneurs. She is a tireless fighter who is working to defend the progress we’ve worked so hard to make — especially when it comes to health care. “Access to health care is a right,” Elizabeth has said, and she believes that Congress needs to work in a bipartisan way to pass a plan to lower premiums, improve access to quality care, and lower the cost of prescription drugs. Elizabeth is an unwavering pro-choice champion. “I’m proud to be a strong supporter of women’s rights, and I will always stand up to attempts to turn back the clock on our reproductive rights and our health,” she has said. Elizabeth also serves as vice chair for the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. She represents the community of Newtown, and is a fearless leader in addressing gun violence. Elizabeth is deeply committed to keeping families safe, and she is a strong advocate for commonsense gun safety legislation and expanding access to critical mental health services to prevent future tragedies.
A critical hold in the fight for control of the House
Elizabeth is a fighter who has been running successful, strong, grassroots campaigns in this swing district since 2012. Hillary Clinton won less than 50 percent of the vote in this battleground district in 2016, and now Republicans — desperate to retain their House majority in 2018 – have identified Elizabeth as a top target. Elizabeth never backs down from a tough fight, and she has what it takes to win and continue serving as a champion for Connecticut working families in the House. The EMILY’s List community is proud to continue to support this fearless leader. Let’s show Elizabeth that we have her back as she fights to defend this must-win seat and make hardworking Connecticut families’ voices heard in the halls of power.