Elizabeth Esty represented the 5th Congressional District of Connecticut from 2012-2018
Elizabeth was elected to Congress on November 6, 2012. She served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Committee on Science, Space
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. On the Town Council, she worked to balance the budget while providing property tax relief to seniors and ensuring strong funding for public schools. In the General Assembly, Elizabeth cut her own pay, returning 10% of her salary to taxpayers. When a local plant closed in her hometown, laying off 1,000 skilled workers, Elizabeth fought for job placements or early retirement packages for the workers.
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 lives in Cheshire with her husband of 30 years, Dan Esty. As a mother of three – Sarah, Thomas, and Jonathan – Elizabeth has spent her evenings and weekends at PTA meetings, soccer fields, and hockey rinks. She is thankful for the opportunity to serve 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.