Norwalk, Connecticut , United States
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Aug 22, 2008 02:51pm
|Info||Senator Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) was elected to his first term as State Senator on November 2, 2004. Senator Duff represents the 25th district, which includes Norwalk and a most of Darien. |
During his first term as a state Senator, Bob continues to serve on the Energy & Technology Committee, as the Senate vice-chair. He also chairs the Banks Committee and is as a member of the Appropriations Committee, chairing one of its subcommittees and sits on the Commerce Committee.
Prior to being elected to the state Senate, Bob served as a state Representative for three years, representing the 137th Assembly District in Norwalk. As a state Representative, Bob served as the House vice-chair of the Energy & Technology Committee, and as a member of the Banks, Higher Education & Advancement Committee and the Select Committee on Housing.
Since first being elected to the House in 2002, Bob has been at the forefront of energy issues facing our state, and has been a vocal supporter of a long-term statewide strategy. Bob is also keenly aware of the environment and the role it must play in our state's legislation. After the 2002 and 2004 legislative sessions, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) cited Bob for his positive voting record on environmental issues.
Throughout his legislative career, Bob has been honored by numerous civic organizations in the community. The Save Cranbury Association, the Broad River Neighborhood Association, the Norwalk YMCA, Side by Side Charter School, the Colonial Village Resident Council, American Legion, Post 12 in Norwalk, the American Lung Association, UConn Advocates and the American Heart Association have all applauded the work that Senator Duff has accomplished in his career in the legislature. In 2003, the YMCA of Connecticut named him as the Legislator of the Year, and in 2005, Senator Duff was awarded the Legislator of the Year Award by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Connecticut Chapter. More recently, the Connecticut Association of Not-for-profit Providers for the Aging (CANPFA) honored Bob with the Rick Wallace Award of Merit Legislator of the Year.
In September 2004, Bob was accepted into the Fleming Leadership Institute, one of only 35 legislators nationwide. The Fleming Fellows Leadership Institute of the Center for Policy Alternatives identifies emerging leaders from the ranks of the nation's state legislators and provides them with a unique program of values-based leadership training and sustaining support.
In the summer of 2006, Bob was chosen to participate in the Emerging Leaders' Conference, sponsored by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation. This selective organization selects only two candidates from each state for up-and-coming public officials.
Bob is a native of Norwalk, where his family has lived for generations. His interest in politics began long before he first ran for office, which was apparent when he wrote his first letter as an 8-year old to former Mayor William Collins concerning the future of Duffy Field (now Veteran's Park). Senator Duff attended Norwalk Public Schools and went on to earn his degree in political science from Lynchburg College in Virginia. While in college, Bob's political skills were honed as a student senator, campus leader, and as an intern for United States Senator Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT).
Bob also worked for the Norwalk Public Schools as a long-term substitute teacher from 1993 to 1995. Currently, he is a real estate professional with William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty in the Norwalk office. Bob has worked as a Realtor with the firm for ten years.
He serves as a board member of the Human Services Council, Elderhouse, the Maritime Aquarium, the Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County and the Family and Children's Agency. Bob is also a lifelong member of the Norwalk United Methodist Church where he has served on various committees.
Senator Duff lives on Toilsome Avenue with his wife Tracey and sons, Ryan and Colin.