|Address||339 Hill Ave |
Middletown, Connecticut , United States
|| September 29, 1961
Nov 21, 2018 10:18pm
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|Info||Susan Bysiewicz is Connecticut's 72nd Secretary of the State. First elected in 1998, she was re-elected in November, 2002. Previously, Secretary Bysiewicz served three terms in the state legislature representing the 100th Assembly District, which includes Middletown, Durham and Middlefield. |
As Secretary of the State, Bysiewicz has worked to make the information housed in her office more accessible to the public. This includes providing on-line access to essential information on the more than 120,000 companies registered to do business in Connecticut, as well as posting all campaign finance reports on the Internet. Both of these systems have been recognized nationally for their innovative use of technology.
As the state's chief business registrar, Bysiewicz has encouraged the expansion and development of Connecticut-based companies by streamlining the registration process and providing technical assistance to small and minority-owned businesses. She also saved Connecticut taxpayers money by returning $3.6 million allocated to her office to assist with deficit reduction and directed an additional $80 million to the state's general fund over the past four years from fees collected by her office's Commercial Recording Division.
Through her office, Bysiewicz has made a priority of protecting individual privacy and advocating for consumer rights. She won passage of a law to safeguard citizens' privacy by removing social security numbers from voter registration rolls, introduced a program to protect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by keeping victims' addresses confidential, and located thousands of lost Connecticut policyholders and beneficiaries of major insurance companies who were eligible for stock or cash during initial public offerings.
During her tenure, Bysiewicz has worked diligently to promote voter registration and turnout. For the 2000 presidential election, Connecticut had the third highest turnout of registered voters in the nation. She also created "Youth Vote," a curriculum to educate students about the election process, and maintains an ongoing schedule of personal school visits. Secretary Bysiewicz successfully advocated for a new civics requirement for high school graduation.
Bysiewicz continues to support the testing of modern ATM-style voting machines to ensure accurate elections and accessible voting for persons with disabilities, and a statewide voter registration database to prevent fraud and protect voters' rights. She worked with United States Senator Chris Dodd on federal legislation aimed at protecting the rights of all voters and improving our electoral system.
As House Chair of the Government Administration & Elections Committee, her legislative accomplishments included authoring bills making Connecticut's lobbying and campaign finance disclosure laws among the strictest in the country. As a working parent, she fought for safer day care and won passage of a bill providing for tougher health and safety standards in preschools.
Bysiewicz graduated from Yale University in 1983 and Duke University School of Law in 1986. After practicing corporate and international law at the New York City firm of White and Case, she returned to Connecticut with Robinson and Cole in Hartford, where she specialized in corporate and banking law from 1988 to 1992. In 1992, she joined the law department of Aetna Insurance Company, where she practiced health care and pension law until 1994.
Bysiewicz is the author of Ella: A Biography of Governor Ella Grasso, the nation's first woman governor. A native of Middletown, Connecticut, Bysiewicz resides there with her husband, David Donaldson, and their three children. She is the granddaughter of Polish and Greek immigrants, and the first Polish-American and Greek-American to be elected to statewide constitutional office in Connecticut.
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