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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans is deeply personal for me. I gave a gay rights speech when I was just 15 years old, and I’ve been a strong advocate ever since. It was truly an honor to welcome my brother’s husband into our family a few years ago. One of my proudest moments in the state legislature was voting for marriage equality.

Throughout my career – as a Supreme Court lawyer working on AIDS policies in the 1990s, later as a PTA mom and town councilmember, and now as a member of Congress – I have always worked hard to model and support love and respect for all people. I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the 2013 PFLAG National Convention, especially because my mother, Mitzi Henderson, is a past president of PFLAG.

The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges has made marriage equality the law of the land in all 50 states. This was an incredible victory in the movement for full equality, but there is still a great deal of work left to do to ensure that no American is fired from their job, denied an education, or evicted from their home simply because of who they are or whom they love. 

I am a coauthor of the Social Security and Marriage Equality (SAME) Act. My bill would ensure that all couples — regardless of who they love or where they live — receive the Social Security benefits they‘ve earned after lifetimes of hard work.

I’m currently fighting to pass the Equality Act – a historic civil rights bill to end discrimination against LGBT individuals in education, employment, housing, public accommodations, public accommodations, and other core areas of life. This legislation would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

I remain committed to the continued fight for full equality under the law.
For more information concerning my work and views on LGBT equality, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty Speaks on House Floor in Honor of LGBT Pride Month

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November 29, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) issued the following statement after the House’s passage of a resolution mandating sexual harassment training for lawmakers and staff in the wake of numerous allegations involving harassment on Capitol Hill:

“I am committed to creating a safe workplace that supports all of my staff, and doesn’t tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind,” Esty said. “For too long, the culture in Washington has accepted entirely unacceptable behavior. That needs to change – period.”

November 9, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) issued the following statement in support of Denada Rondos, a Cheshire resident seeking a stay of removal from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Rondos, who was born in Albania and entered the United States in 2002, has applied for asylum to stay in the country. She has been ordered to purchase a plane ticket to return to Albania on or before November 13.
November 6, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01), Joe Courtney (CT-02), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Jim Himes (CT-04), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) denounced the Republican tax plan that was unveiled last week and is being marked up by the House Ways and Means Committee this week. 
 
November 6, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement in response to the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the second mass shooting in the past five weeks. The killing, which happened just 35 days after a mass shooter fired on a country music concert in Las Vegas, killing 58 and wounding hundreds more, is the fifth-deadliest in modern American history:
November 6, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) and Congressman Steve Knight (CA-25) introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen the American aerospace industry by enhancing K-12 education initiatives to promote more female participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
November 2, 2017 Press Release
Following the introduction of long-awaited legislation to overhaul the nation’s tax code, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) decried the inclusion of a proposal to reduce the state and local tax (SALT) deduction claimed by middle-class families in Connecticut each year
November 2, 2017 Press Release
Delivering remarks to a committee hearing on the fallout from 2017’s historic storm season, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Vice-Ranking Member Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) questioned federal officials’ response to the major humanitarian crisis still unfolding in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
October 11, 2017 Press Release
On Saturday, October 14, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) will hold a town hall meeting at Pulaski Middle School in New Britain
October 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Connecticut’s five-member House delegation, led by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), sent a letter to President Trump today urging a waiver for federal matching requirements for recovery programs and economic assistance for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands “until both territories become more economically stable.” 
 

September 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) and Congressman John Katko (NY-24) introduced two bipartisan bills in the U.S. House of Representatives to combat human trafficking. Both bills were recently introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Thune (R-SD) and Klobuchar (D-MN), and have passed out of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.