Meet the Freshmen: Representative-Elect Elizabeth Esty (D-CT-5)
In this series of “Meet the Freshmen” blog posts, we will introduce the seven newly-elected members of the New England Congressional delegation. During the week of November 19, we took a look at the newly-elected members of the Senate. During the week of November 26, we’ll introduce the newest members of the House. NEC members can read about all seven new members of our region’s delegation in a special edition Weekly Washington Report in the Members Only section of our website.
Elizabeth Esty garnered over 51 percent of the vote to win the congressional seat left vacant by Christopher Murphy (D-CT). A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law, a former professor at American University and an attorney, Esty has said she will focus on educational and vocational training and renewable energy. Having served in the Connecticut House of Representatives, she has said her experience at the local level has helped her understand how well-intentioned regulations have had negative consequences and will work to minimize these impacts in order to create jobs. Hospitals are the largest employer in the fifth district and Esty has said she will focus on health care. She also emphasized support for reinvigorating the manufacturing sector in the district with internships and increased access to capital for small businesses. She served on Connecticut House’s Energy and Technology Committee and hopes to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Esty says she prefers working behind the scenes as a way of being most effective. See Esty’s Campaign Website.