John (John) Larson (D-01)

US Representative John Larson

John (John) Larson (D-01)
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Capitol: 202.225.2265
FAX: 202.225.1031
District: 860.278.8888
Representative
Room 1501 LHOB- Longworth House Office Building 15 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-0701
221 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06106-1864
Residence:East Hartford, CT

Committee Assignments

ChairmanHouse 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
Co-ChairCongressional Financial Security and Life Insurance Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures
FC MemberHouse Caucus for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
FC MemberFriends of Scotland Caucus
FC MemberFragile X Caucus
Co-ChairExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Common Ground Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Macedonia and Macedonian-Americans
MemberHouse Committee on Ways and Means
FC MemberCongressional Long Island Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Bosnia
FC MemberCongressional Natural Gas Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Thailand Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Blockchain Caucus
FC MemberRock and Roll Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Broadcasters Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hearing Health Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Ireland Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pakistan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Propane Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Responsible Hospitality Caucus
FC MemberHouse Aerospace Caucus
FC MemberHouse Baltic Caucus
FC MemberOut of Iraq Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Singapore Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Deaf Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Italian American Caucus
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Library of Congress Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Norway
FC MemberGerman-American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Dairy Farmers Caucus
FC MemberHealthcare Innovation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Navy and Marine Corps Caucus
FC MemberMunicipal Finance Caucus
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberThe Law Enforcement Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Disabilities Caucus (BDC)
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberFriends of Australia Caucus
FC MemberIndependent Colleges Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
Vice ChairCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Primary Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Brain Injury Task Force
FC MemberClimate Solutions Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus (STEM Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberUSO Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus

Bio

Congressman John B. Larson proudly represents Connecticut's First District. Now in his eleventh term, John sits on the influential House Ways and Means Committee-including the Subcommittee on Tax Policy and the Social Security Subcommittee, where he serves as the Chairman. 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. Born and raised in the federal housing project of Mayberry Village in East Hartford, John is fond of saying he is the product of public housing, public education, and public service. His father, Raymond, worked for Pratt & Whitney, while his mother, Pauline, served on the Town Council. John graduated from East Hartford High School in 1967 and from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in 1971. 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. In 2013, John was named Co-Chairman of the Congressional Joint Strike Fighter Caucus- a bipartisan group charged with keeping members informed on issues related to the development, testing, and deployment of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Ever a champion for Connecticut manufacturing, John led the effort to secure Pratt & Whitney as the sole producer of engines for the F35 Joint Strike Fighter as well as the Aerial Tanker, Presidential Helicopter, and second submarine in Groton. His legislation created the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, and he has worked tirelessly to bring academia, labor, private industry, and government together to develop next generation manufacturing programs in Connecticut. 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. 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. He is a lifelong resident of East Hartford, where he lives with his wife Leslie. They have three children- Carolyn, Laura, and Raymond.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 1998    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Leslie Best   DOB: 7/22/1948
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