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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut



With three kids who have each learned, grown, and thrived in our public schools, I know that our students and educators need our full support. When I served on the Cheshire Town Council, I fought for a budget that ensured strong funding for public schools. We have an responsibility to our children and their future to invest in smart, effective education programs.
“Teaching to the test” and budget cuts at the local, state, and national levels, are failing our kids, our businesses, and our educators.  We must insist on real results, but we have an obligation to ensuring our schools have the resources they need to prepare our kids to compete for 21st century jobs. That means incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education into our curriculums as well as developing a system of strong training at our technical high schools and at commuity colleges. It is the responsibility of all of us - parents, businesses leaders, elected officials, community leaders and educators alike - to build not only a strong foundation for our public schools, but also for our children and our workers to compete and thrive.

For more information on my work and views on education or to let me know your thoughts, questions or concerns, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

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March 12, 2017 In The News

Still reverberating from President Donald Trump’s unsupported claim that he was wire-tapped by Barack Obama during the 2016 election campaign, the nation began the week examining the potential impact of two major Republican initiatives.

March 1, 2017 Press Release

WATERBURY, CT – On Sunday, March 5, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) will hold a town hall meeting at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury. Members of the public will have the opportunity to ask Esty questions concerning their community, the direction of the country, and Esty’s work in Congress.

February 28, 2017 Press Release
President Donald Trump today signed into law two pieces of legislation authored jointly by Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) and Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA).
February 28, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s 2018 budget:
February 27, 2017 In The News

Washington – Connecticut lawmakers have joined other Democratic colleagues in inviting guests to President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress Tuesday — people who will serve as symbolic rebukes to the new president’s policies.

The delegation has invited constituents with ties to Trump’s suspended “Muslim ban,” a retired school principal who enthusiastically supports public schools, a hospital administrator concerned about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a  police chief who supports gun control.

February 24, 2017 In The News

A young Iraqi man, taken in by a New Canaan family 10 years ago to help him escape the violence in his home country, will attend President Donald Trump’s address to Congress Tuesday night alongside Rep. Jim Himes to denounce Trump’s refugee policies.

January 21, 2017 In The News

On the emotionally-charged day when Donald Trump became President of the United States, politicians expressed both joy and disappointment in his first remarks as the leader of the free world.

Trump's speech and inauguration brought elation to his supporters who had backed him in a tough race against Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.

On both sides of the aisle, political insiders worked for months or even more than a year to get Trump elected, while Democrats worked equally hard to defeat him - leading to sharply different views of the inauguration.

January 20, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
January 20, 2017 In The News
Esty recently authored the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act to encourage women to enter science and technology fields, including manufacturing. The bill passed the House last year. She also worked to pass the Manufacturing Universities Act to help schools with manufacturing programs collaborate more with local companies.
January 19, 2017 In The News
Blumenthal, Wyman, Esty Among Honored Speakers