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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

June 17, 2017 In The News
The Connecticut delegation to Washington announced the slate of students from Connecticut who have been appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.
June 15, 2017 In The News
Sixty-one students in Connecticut have accepted appointments to one of the nation’s four service academies, according to the state’s all-Democratic congressional delegation.
June 13, 2017 In The News
Local legal and medical authorities are coming together to tackle the opioid crisis in Connecticut.
June 12, 2017 Press Release
(Hartford, CT)—Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives John Larson (D-1), Joe Courtney (D-2), Rosa DeLauro (D-3), Jim Himes (D-4), and Elizabeth Esty (D-5) released the names of the Connecticut students who have been appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.
June 1, 2017 Press Release
Latest Trump Budget Proposal Would Gut AmeriCorps Funding
May 24, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act:

May 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal:

“Our goal should be a budget that expands economic opportunity in Connecticut and across the country, lifts wages, promotes access to health care, protects our air and water, supports children and seniors, and makes us safer. On these counts, President Trump’s proposal moves us in the wrong direction. Congress should start over from scratch on a bipartisan plan.”


May 16, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced the winners of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for Connecticut’s Fifth District at a reception on Saturday at the historic Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury.
May 13, 2017 In The News

WATERBURY – Nonnewaug High School sophomore Shannon Rupar will soon have her artwork on display at the nation’s capital.

Rupar was honored Saturday at the fifth Congressional Art Competition reception at the Mattatuck Museum. Rupar’s water colored painting entitled “Farmers Market” won first place and it will be featured for one year at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

She will attend a reception in Washington alongside winners from across the country.

May 3, 2017 In The News
He joined Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Senator Richard Blumenthal, and former Congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords at the US Capital calling for America’s leaders to take action to make communities safer from gun violence, and reject what an event advance called “the corporate gun lobby’s dangerous agenda.”