State Senator

John Fonfara

Deputy President Pro Tempore

Chair: Finance, Revenue & Bonding

Vice Chair: Planning & Development

Member: Internship; Legislative Management

Representing Hartford & Wethersfield

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1st Senate District

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Honoring Hartford Veterans

March 10, 2016 — Senators Coleman and Fonfara helped to present Wartime Service Medals to Hartford veterans during a ceremony at the McKinney-King Post 142 American Legion Hall.

Medal Ceremony Photo Gallery

Wartime Service Medal
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About Senator Fonfara

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John Fonfara, a lifelong resident of Hartford, grew up and lives in the city’s South End. Educated in Hartford public schools, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s degree in Public Policy Studies from Trinity College.

Senator Fonfara represents the 1st Senatorial District communities of Hartford and Wethersfield. First elected to the General Assembly in 1986, he represented the South End in the House of Representatives for 10 years, and is presently serving his ninth term in the State Senate.

He has served on many committees in his 27 years as a legislator, and is currently Senate Chair of the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee, where he helps to keep a careful eye on the state’s finances and budget.

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As former Senate Chairman of the Energy & Technology Committee, Senator Fonfara was a consistent advocate for reform of Connecticut’s inefficient and highly expensive energy system. He has championed passage of multiple pieces of landmark legislation to produce savings for Connecticut energy consumers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and encourage new local production of clean, renewable energy. His major legislative accomplishments on energy include Public Act 07-242 in 2007 and Senate Bill 493 in 2010 (vetoed by the governor), and Public Act 11-80 in 2011.

Senator Fonfara has fought for improvements in many other areas of public policy during his tenure, including reform of Hartford’s education system, enhancing and protecting quality of life in urban and suburban neighborhoods, and securing $10 million in state funds toward the clean-up and preservation of Wethersfield Cove.

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Legislative Office Building
Room 3700
Hartford, CT 06106-1591


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860-240-0043, or
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Providing background on the growth and current expanse of urban dirt bike events. The report highlights the problem through brief case studies in Atlanta, Baltimore, and New Haven, CT.


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Supporting Veteran-Owned Businesses

February 17, 2016 — Senator Fonfara supports a proposal to give veteran-owned businesses additional bidding preferences under state contracting laws and waive the first year’s business entity tax for start-up veteran-owned businesses.