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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.

More on Education

April 21, 2017 In The News

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from Connecticut’s 5th House District, says scientists getting involved in protests this weekend is a big deal.

Esty, a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, says the threat of funding cuts to significant science research is alarming.

April 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), House Veterans Affairs Committee Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-MN), and their Democratic colleagues today released a statement opposing draft legislation proposed by Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN). The proposal would institute a monthly reduction in pay for troops as a means of offsetting the cost of expanding G.I. Bill eligibility and longevity for future veterans.

April 12, 2017 In The News

NEW BRITAIN - U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and State Rep. Bobby Sanchez visited the Human Resources Agency of New Britain on Wednesday morning to hear from residents that have been positively impacted by HRA-provided services.

The discussion came on the heels of increased budget discussions - both at the federal and state level.

April 12, 2017 In The News

WATERBURY, Conn. – Naugatuck Valley Community College Hosted U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), for the Congresswoman’s STEM Advisory Board meeting Monday. The STEM Advisory Board, which convenes four times per year, held its April 10 meeting in the Community Room at the College’s Center for Health Sciences at Founder’s Hall. Composed of education, labor, and business leaders, the STEM Advisory Board was developed to discuss federal legislation and issues facing the local STEM community.

April 3, 2017 In The News

Three students in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District have been accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, including one from Danbury. Joseph Waldron reached out to Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty for a nomination to accompany his application.


Esty says she was impressed with the students’ academic, social and professional achievements. A congressional nomination is required for, but does not guarantee, admission.


March 29, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today spoke against H.R. 1430, the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) Act during debate of the bill on the House floor.
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: