Gerry (Gerry) Connolly (D-USH11)
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Capitol: 202.225.1492
FAX: 202.225.3071
District: 703.256.3071
Representative
Room 2265 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-4611

Residence: Fairfax, VA
Elected: 2008    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Cathy   DOB: 3/30/1950
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairCongressional Taiwan Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Georgia Caucus
Co-ChairSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
Co-ChairSmart Contracting Caucus
FC MemberTunisia Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Morocco Caucus
FC MemberHouse Rare Earth Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Public-Private Partnerships (P3)
Co-ChairCongressional Cloud Computing Caucus
FC MemberFourth Amendment Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional IT Modernization Caucus
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Government Innovation
FC MemberCongressional Digital Trade Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Korea Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance
FC MemberExplosive Ordnance Disposal Caucus
FC MemberMunicipal Finance Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lung Cancer Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberCongressional Public Transportation Caucus
FC MemberKurdish-American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bourbon Caucus
FC MemberFragile X Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Men's Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Military Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Soils Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Neuroscience Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Mexico Friendship Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Adult Literacy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Transparency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Navy and Marine Corps Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cement Caucus
FC MemberJoint Congressional Arctic Working Group
FC MemberAccess to Legal Aid Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia
MemberHouse Subcommittee on the Indo-Pacific
FC MemberFood Allergy Research Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Estuary Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus
FC MemberVietnam Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Oversight and Accountability
MemberHouse Committee on Foreign Affairs
FC MemberCrime Survivors and Justice Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Finland Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Bosnia
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the European Union (EU)
FC MemberCongressional Allergy and Asthma Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Energy Savings Performance Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Government Operations and the Federal Workforce
FC MemberCongressional Lupus Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Skin Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Macedonia and Macedonian-Americans
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberBipartisan Disabilities Caucus (BDC)
FC MemberCongressional High-Performance Buildings Caucus
FC MemberHouse Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberAhmadiyya Muslim Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers
MemberHouse Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government
FC MemberBipartisan Working Group to End Domestic Violence
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Social Work Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
FC MemberLaw Enforcement Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Singapore Caucus
FC MemberAmericans Abroad Caucus
FC MemberAmerican Sikh Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional STEAM Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Peace Corps Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Sexual Assault and Prevention Caucus
FC MemberHouse Baltic Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberCongressional Cybersecurity Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Voting Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Artificial Intelligence (AI) Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberNew Democrat Coalition (NDC)
FC MemberCongressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus
Counties Representing
Fairfax City / Fairfax / Prince William

Bio

Congressman Gerald E. "Gerry" Connolly is serving his eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia's 11th District, which includes Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax in Northern Virginia.

Prior to his election to Congress, he served 14 years on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, including five years as Chairman. Throughout his career, protecting and growing Northern Virginia's economy has been his top priority. In Congress, he has played a key role in securing federal dollars for transportation improvements in Northern Virginia, including completion of the Fairfax County Parkway, widening the Prince William County Parkway, providing ongoing support for Rail to Dulles, and securing the annual federal commitment of $150 million for the regional Metro system.

Congressman Connolly is a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability and serves as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Government Innovation. In this role, he is responsible for shaping government-wide policy on issues related to information security, including cybersecurity and privacy; government-wide federal information technology management and innovation; and procurement.

Congressman Connolly also serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Using his extensive background in foreign policy, including as a senior staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he has become a leading voice on foreign assistance reform, war powers, embassy security, and democracy promotion abroad.

Congressman Connolly co-authored the bipartisan Issa-Connolly Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), which was signed into law in 2014, and represents the first major overhaul of the federal laws governing IT management since enactment of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996. In 2016, Connolly passed the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, which allows temporary employees of land management agencies to now be eligible for civil servant positions. He also helped pass the Telework Enhancement Act, which requires the federal government to increase the use of telework by federal employees to ensure continuity of operations by federal agencies during emergency situations, enhance recruitment of a quality federal workforce, reduce traffic congestion, and improve the region's air quality.

For his efforts, he has twice been recognized as a Federal Computer Week Fed 100 winner, was named the 2013 FedScoop Tech Champion of the Year, the 2015 FCW Eagle Award recipient, and received the AFFIRM Award for Leadership in the IT community.

He has also introduced important legislation to streamline and improve our election system, find savings in federal IT procurement and data center consolidation, and reform U.S. Foreign Aid.

In addition to his Committee assignments, Congressman Connolly is a member of the New Democrat Coalition, chair of the Smart Contracting Caucus, a founding member and Chair Emeritus of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Korea, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Georgia and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Taiwan.

Congressman Gerry Connolly currently serves as President Emeritus of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), having served as President from 2020-2022. The NATO PA is an affiliate organization of NATO and is comprised of more than two hundred and fifty delegates from the parliaments and legislative bodies of the Alliance's 30 member states. As president, Mr. Connolly sets the Assembly's broader agenda and represents the Assembly on all key international issues. He works in a bipartisan manner to support the values of the Transatlantic Alliance and strengthen Congressional commitment to NATO.

Prior to his election to Congress, Congressman Connolly served as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in Fairfax County, the largest jurisdiction in the Washington, D.C. metro area with more than 1.1 million residents. He earned a reputation as a pragmatic leader for his initiatives to expand affordable housing opportunities, reduce gang violence, promote reusable energy, and advance critical transportation improvements. During his tenure on the Board, Fairfax was recognized as a Best Managed County.

Congressman Connolly received an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1979. He received a B.A. in Literature from Maryknoll College in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Congressman Connolly has worked in the non-profit sector, primarily advocating for hunger aid and international assistance. He also has strong ties to the business community having spent two decades working for organizations and companies involved in international trade, regulatory matters, technology, and research.

He resides in Fairfax with his wife Smitty and has a daughter Caitlin.