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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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March 24, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after a vote on the GOP health care bill was canceled:
March 21, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) today stood with women veterans and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to unveil bipartisan legislation to improve services and access at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for women veterans.
March 21, 2017 In The News

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) walked away from a prestigious legal career in the Supreme Court to raise her three children full-time. Like so many women before her, the career off-ramp was a bumpy ride.

As her children grew older, Esty felt called to do more — and one day, she was called out. Her then 15-year-old daughter challenged her mom to put up or shut up: run for office, or quit complaining about those who were already there.

Here’s how Esty transitioned from stay-at-home parent to politician — with a little help from her persuasive daughter, to boot.

March 10, 2017 Press Release
Legislation honors the sacrifice of our nation’s caregivers while giving veterans greater flexibility in choosing their care
March 7, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding the health care bill released by GOP leaders:
March 6, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s revised travel ban executive order:
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 In The News
"But if we’re going to get serious about this debate, we need to stop obsessing over the political drama and start talking about the staggering human stakes. We should be asking questions like: If the ACA is repealed, how many people will lose health coverage? For those who don’t lose coverage, what will happen to their premiums? How will hospitals be affected? What will happen to the cost of prescription drugs? What will happen to folks who have pre-existing conditions? Will women still have access to affordable family planning?"
February 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today joined with a bipartisan group of 150 House colleagues in calling for swift action by federal law enforcement agencies to address the wave of anonymous telephone bomb threats made against Jewish community centers (JCCs) across the country.