John (John) B. Larson (D-USH01)
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Capitol: 202.225.2265
FAX: 202.225.1031
District: 860.278.8888
District FAX: 860.278.2111
Room 1501 LHOB- Longworth House Office Building 15 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-0701

Residence: East Hartford, CT
Elected: 1998    Next Election: 2018
Spouse: Leslie Best   DOB: 7/22/1948
Committee Assignments
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Social Security
Co-ChairCongressional Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Shellfish Caucus
Co-ChairJoint Strike Fighter Caucus
ChairmanNortheast Rail Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional History Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Tax Policy
FC MemberFragile X Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Scotland Caucus
FC MemberHouse Caucus for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
FC MemberCongressional Common Ground Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Natural Gas Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Ways and Means
FC MemberCongressional Blockchain Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pakistan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hearing Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Macedonia and Macedonian-Americans
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Bosnia
FC MemberFriends of Ireland Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Long Island Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Propane Caucus
FC MemberHouse Aerospace Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Library of Congress Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rock and Roll Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Deaf Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Thailand Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Dairy Farmers Caucus
FC MemberGerman-American Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Norway
FC MemberCongressional Singapore Caucus
FC MemberHouse Baltic Caucus
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Responsible Hospitality Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Navy and Marine Corps Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberOut of Iraq Caucus
FC MemberThe Law Enforcement Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Disabilities Caucus (BDC)
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
Vice ChairCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberClimate Solutions Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Brain Injury Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus [STEM Caucus]
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberUSO Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus


Congressman John B. Larson proudly represents Connecticut's First District. Now in his tenth term, John sits on the influential House Ways and Means Committee-including the Subcommittees on Tax Policy and Social Security, where he serves as the Ranking Member. Throughout his time in Congress, John has proven himself a staunch advocate for Connecticut's working families, our manufacturing and small business ecosystem, and commonsense solutions for the problems Americans face everyday.

Before entering Congress, John taught history and coached football at George J. Penney High School. He was also an owner of Larson & Lysik insurance company, where he saw firsthand the challenges many small business owners must overcome. Following in his mother's footsteps, serving on the East Hartford Board of Education and the East Hartford Town Council. In 1982, he was elected to the Connecticut State Senate, beginning a 12-year tenure representing the 3rd Senate District until 1995. Larson served as Senate President Pro Tempore for eight years from 1987 to 1995. During his tenure in the Connecticut State Senate, John authored and passed the nation's first Family Medical Leave Act. It would later serve as the model for a national law. As one of eight children raised by working parents, John knew how critical it was for working families to get the support they needed. No parent should ever have to choose between their job and their child. That's why John supports expanding his original vision and providing paid family leave. First elected to Congress in 1998, John swiftly established himself as a leader and consensus builder. As the Hartford Courant has said, "in a badly polarized Congress, [John] is more than willing to work with Republicans to get something done." Recently John won an important victory on research and development, and righted a grave wrong in our tax code for those who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes.

John knows manufacturing is the lifeblood of Connecticut's First District-thanks in large part to the historic Colt Factory. For more than a decade, John fought to preserve the legacy of American innovation and manufacturing that is Coltsville, and in 2014 he succeeded in securing Coltsville's designation as a National Historical Park. John formerly served on the Armed Services Committee, Science Committee, and as Ranking Member of the House Administration Committee. As a senior leader in the House Democratic Caucus, John was named chairman of the Task Force on Election Reform-created to develop reforms to take big money out of politics and address flaws in the electoral system. He continues to champion much-needed reforms to address the impact of Citizens United and the gutting of the Voting Rights Act.

Taking a Stand Change doesn't come swiftly to Washington, but John knows some things are too important to delay. As the nation continues to battle an epidemic of gun violence, John has called on Congress to vote on bipartisan reforms most Americans overwhelmingly support. He considers it unconscionable that even in the light of tragedies like Sandy Hook and the high levels of gun violence in urban centers like Hartford, Congress has yet to even hold a vote. Frustrated by the continues silence in Congress while Americans were crying out for action, John helped organize the historic sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives. John has been a leader throughout his tenure in Congress, on every issue he tackles. He has championed the effort to end U.S. dependence of foreign oil through advancing domestic fuel cell technology. He knows these initiatives will do more than keep our planet clean, they will spark new growth for our economy and launch thousands of exciting new jobs. That's why John introduced the Energy Independence Act, the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Authorization Act, and the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Infrastructure for America Act to fund and promote fuel cell and hydrogen energy technology. He is also a founder and co-chair of the House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition.

John stands up for those who need a champion. When he heard retirees in his district were living on $11,000 a year or less, he knew he had to act to keep anyone from retiring into poverty again. So he introduced the Social Security 2100 Act to enhance benefits and ensure the foundation of our retirement system remains strong for generations. John has also introduced proposals to allow the federal government to directly negotiate lower drug prices for over 40 million Medicare beneficiaries.

Among his efforts to promote development in Hartford, John hosted a delegation of community leaders from the impoverished 06120 zip code in Washington. John helped these residents of Hartford's Promise Zone meet directly with the agencies and offices now aligned to support them. He also introduced the Promise Zone Job Creation Act to encourage employers to bring more jobs into places like Hartford's North End. Over the years, John has opposed the policies of preemption and unilateralism. He spoke out against the war in Iraq since its inception, and has focused his concerns on the threats of terrorism, protecting the homeland, and supporting first responders. A vigorous supporter of our troops, John visited Iraq three times, and succeeded in passing legislation to reimburse family members who purchased body armor for soldiers who had not been adequately equipped by the military. John also won a key victory for military families with children on the autism spectrum, ensuring their kids receive the care they need. He is a lifelong resident of East Hartford, where he lives with his wife Leslie. They have three children- Carolyn, Laura, and Raymond.

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