Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut
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NEWTOWN: People from across our state and around the country have expressed in emails, letters and phone calls, their grief and outrage at what happened on the morning of December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School when the lives of twenty children and six women were stolen.

Our thoughts and prayers will continue to go out to the students, parents, teachers and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary, to the brave first responders, to the whole Newtown community, and to all those who loved and knew the victims.  As a mother who has been a room parent in a first grade classroom, I join the millions around the world who have been devastated by the loss of these treasured young lives and their dedicated teachers.

In the time that’s past since that unspeakable horror, I have attempted to be present and to serve, in whatever way I can, the people of Newtown, Connecticut during the darkest of days. I witnessed, first-hand, the unparalleled resilience, courage, and generosity of our police, state troopers, firefighters, teachers, families, Red Cross volunteers, local officials, state officials, and everyone who has pulled together to see Newtown through this time of tragedy. 

It is with clear eyes that I see the long road ahead of us. First and foremost in my thoughts and in my actions will be to continue to serve the people of Newtown and the 5th District.  I will work to ensure that in the days, weeks, and months ahead that this community has the support it needs to grieve, to heal, and to begin rebuilding lives. This is the immediate task before me as their public servant.

As we move forward, there is much that can, and must, be done by us as a nation. Make no mistake -- I stand ready to act. Let us honor those who lost their lives, in this tragedy and those similar tragedies around this country, by ensuring that such unconscionable horror is not visited upon another child, another family, or another community.

In meeting with law enforcement, our first responders, mental health professionals, and community leaders in Newtown and across our state, it is clear to me that we must take comprehensive action. That means commonsense gun policies - reinstatement of the federal assault weapons ban, closing the gun show loophole and placing a ban on high-capacity magazine clips - as well as making a firm and lasting commitment to mental health services and a national conversation about the culture of violence in our society.

I am committed to the long road ahead, working with the President, members of Congress, law enforcement, and our community leaders, mental health professionals and clergy, to ensure that such a horrific tragedy never again devastates another community.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

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Dec 14, 2014 Press Release

NEWTOWN, CT – Today, U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement on the two-year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“Today is a day of mourning and remembering, a day of grieving the loss of the 20 precious school children and 6 brave educators who were ripped from us two years ago by the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Dec 8, 2014 Page

As we near the two year anniversary of the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we mourn the loss of the 26 innocent children and brave educators whose lives were taken that day. I will never forget being at the firehouse that day as I stood with families who learned that their loved ones were not coming home. This memory—those sights and sounds—will haunt me for the rest of my life. The loss of precious life has forever changed the brave, resilient community of Newtown, our state, and our country.

Jul 25, 2014 Press Release

NORTHFIELD, CT – Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn) and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) announced that the Northfield Volunteer Fire Company received an Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) in the amount of $358,625 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This AFG grant will be for a new Pumper Fire Truck, replacing Northfield Volunteer Fire Company's 33 year old engine-tanker that currently serves as their primary water supply. 

Jul 1, 2014 In The News

At a Tuesday morning press conference at the Upper Collinsville dam pump house, local, state and federal officials touted the passage of the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act and announced that President Barack Obama has officially signed it into law.

A small crowd of attendees cheered as Sen. Chris Murphy announced the presidential signing of the law, which permits the town to operate the upper and/or lower dams and requires the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to update an environmental impact assessment and seek public input on the project.

Jun 24, 2014 Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced that her office has returned over $2.2 million in savings to constituents since she took office. The refunds include over $900,000 in Social Security benefits, over $500,000 in veterans benefits, over $245,000 in Medicare refunds, and other savings from federal and state agencies, such as the IRS.

Jun 18, 2014 In The News

NEWTOWN >> The federal government has awarded a $7.1 million grant to support support victims, family members, first responders and community members who were affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced the grant Tuesday morning. Esty’s office said in a news release that the grant was given by the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime.

Jun 18, 2014 In The News

NEWTOWN -- First Selectman Pat Llodra was elated Tuesday at the news her town would receive a $7.1 million federal grant to help in the recovery from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings 18 months ago.

The grant, from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime, will be used to benefit surviving family members, school staff, first responders and the larger community affected by the tragedy, said U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty in announcing the grant.

Jun 17, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) and U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn) announced a $7.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime to support victims, family members, first responders, and community members in Newtown in the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Jun 9, 2014 In The News

Last week, something big happened in Congress: Democrats and Republicans came together to support the national background check system and help keep guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic violence abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill.

Nearly 18 months since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, this progress is long overdue.

May 27, 2014 In The News

NEWTOWN -- U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., had a traumatic start to her first term. After she was elected -- but before she had even been sworn in -- the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings happened Dec. 14, 2012.

Esty was in the firehouse that awful day with parents who found out their children were not coming home.

The experience, she will tell you, is indelible.

"I'll be there for them" on the issue of gun violence "as long as it takes," Esty says.