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Senator Mary Daugherty Abrams
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About Senator Abrams

Deputy President Pro Tempore

Chair:Public Health

Vice Chair: Education

Member: Aging; Appropriations; Transportation; Veterans' Affairs

Senator Mary Daugherty Abrams of the 13th District (Meriden, Cheshire, Middlefield, Middletown, and Rockfall) is currently serving her second term in the Connecticut General Assembly. She won election to the State Senate in November 2018 in her first run for public office.

Growing up in Meriden with her three siblings, Senator Abrams learned the importance of public service from her parents who were active members of the community. She attended St. Rose School and graduated from Maloney High School. She earned both a Bachelor and Master degree in Special Education, and later a Sixth year degree in Education Leadership all from Southern Connecticut State University. Senator Abrams received the Educational Leadership Student Award for Excellence in Practice.

Married for over 30 years, Senator Abrams and her husband, Jim who is a Superior Court Judge and former State Representative, raised their children, Madeline (Thomas) and Nicholas, in Meriden where they were all active in schools, church, and community. Senator Abrams served on the Democratic Town Committee, the Library board, the St. Andrews Vestry, as a Girl Scout leader, and parent volunteer for a variety of school, arts, and athletic events. In addition, she was involved in many professional organizations and volunteered on a variety of school committees.

Senator Abrams taught Special Education for over 25 years before transitioning from the classroom to school administration where she served for more than a decade both as the Director of Special Education then as a high school Assistant Principal. Being an educator is a source of pride for her; she retired in 2017 but will always be an advocate for education.