State Senator

Cathy Osten

Assistant President Pro Tempore

Chair: Appropriations

Vice-Chair: Housing; Labor & Public Employees

Member: Transportation; Veterans’ Affairs

Representing Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich & Sprague

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19th Senate District

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Honoring Our Veterans

June 14, 2016 — Senators Osten presented Wartime Service Medals to veterans from Franklin, Lisbon, Norwich and Sprague during a ceremony at the Norwich Free Academy.

Wartime Service MedalService Medal Ceremony Photo Galleries

View the photo gallery of the Norwich ceremony at Norwich Free Academy on June 14, 2016. This includes photos of all the recipients and more.

View the photo gallery of the Groton ceremony at the Submarine Force Museum on May 23. This includes photos of all the recipients and more.

View the photo gallery of the Ledyard ceremony at the Ledyard Senior Center on December 7, 2015. This includes photos of all the recipients and more.

View the photo gallery of the complete Hebron ceremony at the American Legion Post 95 on September 25, 2015. This includes photos of all the recipients.

About Senator Osten

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State Senator Cathy Osten was first elected in November 2012 and re-elected in November 2014 to represent the residents of the 19th state Senatorial District communities of Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich and Sprague.

Cathy is Senate Chairman of the legislature’s Planning and Development Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Aging, Housing, and Labor & Public Employees committee, and a member of the Transportation Committee.

In recent years Cathy has helped write and pass such important legislation as increasing Connecticut’s minimum wage, a sex offender notification bill, the creation of senior safety zones task force, and creating a state version of “Erin’s Law,” which requires that children be educated in schools on sexual abuse in a child-friendly manner, for the purpose of informing and protecting them from sexual abuse.

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A 1973 graduate of the Norwich Free Academy, Cathy heeded America’s call for volunteers during the Vietnam era by enlisting in the United States Army. After several months in the U.S., she shipped out to Japan as a translator-interpreter in Chinese Mandarin. After four years of active duty, Sergeant Osten returned to the United States, taking up residence in Norwich and attending Mohegan Community College before beginning her career with the state Department of Correction.

Cathy served in the Correction Department for more than two decades, first as a corrections officer and then as a lieutenant. For 21 years, Cathy experienced first-hand the issues surrounding Connecticut’s prison system, public employees, pension disputes and women’s rights in the workplace. In 2003, following a string of harassment cases against women which stemmed from inside the Connecticut prison system, Cathy joined with other female corrections officers to protest the treatment of women in the workplace. Bringing this fight to the State Capitol, Cathy was able to hold the Correction Department accountable for pervasive sexual harassment.

Understanding the need for more progress in the workplace, Cathy also began working toward the passage of new laws to allow corrections supervisors the right to organize. She was successful, and as president of the Correction Supervisors’ Council of CSEA/SEIU Cathy worked tirelessly to directly represent more than 600 professionals in the Corrections Department.

The mother of one and grandmother of four, Cathy is also an experienced public official; her passionate commitment to her community led her to become Sprague’s first-ever female selectman. In 2011, Cathy was appointed by Governor Malloy to the Two Storm Panel, giving small-town issues statewide attention by highlighting necessary changes by both the utility companies and the state in responding to recent emergencies.

Cathy’s continuous outreach to seniors, her fight for the middle class and her desire for open government and environmental integrity continually demonstrate that her focus is on improving communities.

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Helping Homeowners with Crumbling Concrete Foundations

November 18, 2016 — Senators Larson and Osten present their proposal to help Connecticut homeowners struggling to replace faulty home foundations containing the mineral pyrrhotite that has caused them to begin cracking and crumbling.

Good News for Connecticut

September 28, 2016 — Senator Osten applauds an agreement which will keep the Sikorsky headquarters in Connecticut, and increase investments in in-state suppliers.

Mountain Ash Solar Farm in Norwich

August 10, 2016 — Senator Osten commemorates the ribbon cutting for the Mountain Ash Solar Garden in Norwich.

Supporting Connecticut’s Farms

July 15, 2016 — Senator Osten tours Olivia’s Garden in Columbia to highlight the state's support for Connecticut farmers who supply locally-grown produce for the community.