|Name||Lile R. Gibbons|
Old Greenwich, Connecticut , United States
Jan 10, 2015 10:38pm
|Info||State Representative Lile R. Gibbons? hard work, attention to detail and organizational skills during her first term in the state House of Representatives led to a leadership assignment during her 2003-04 term. |
House Minority Leader Robert M. Ward, R-Northford, recognized Representative Gibbons? leadership ability and achievements on the Human Services Committee during her first term by appointing her as the committee?s House Ranking member (Republican Leader) for the 2003 and 2004 legislative sessions.
Representative Gibbons also was reappointed to the General Assembly?s Transportation and Finance, Revenue & Bonding committees for her 2003-04 term.
Representative Gibbons? commitment to relieving traffic congestion in Fairfield County and elsewhere in Connecticut led her to seek appointment to the Transportation Committee during her first term.
Gaining enactment of the act that established the Connecticut Transportation Strategy Board, was one of her major accomplishments during her first term in the state House of Representatives.
The board developed a comprehensive statewide plan to relieve traffic congestion and to meet future transportation demands. Because traffic congestion is especially severe in Fairfield County, the board focused most of its initial attention on Fairfield County transportation problems.
Representative Gibbons is especially knowledgeable on education issues, having served nine years on the Greenwich Board of Education from 1991 through 2000. She served as Chairman of the school board from 1997 through 2000.
Representative Gibbons also served on the Connecticut State Board of Higher Education from 1995 through 2000. Governor Rowland appointed her to two terms on the board.
Representative Gibbons was elected to her second term in the state House of Representatives in the Nov. 5, 2002 election.
As a member of the Transportation Committee, Representative Gibbons is working to alleviate traffic congestion on I-95 and state roads in Greenwich and elsewhere in Fairfield County. Representative Gibbons supports measures to encourage increased use of rail commuter lines. With fewer commuters driving to work, traffic congestion and air pollution problems can be significantly diminished.
Representative Gibbons also helped secure funding for local transportation projects during her 2001 - 02 term. They include:
Route 15 resurfacing, bridge and safety improvements; vicinity of Byram River to Greenwich-Stamford Town Line, $20,000,000.
Realignment of a short, curved section of King Street, $500,000.
Replacement of the Valley Road Bridge over the Mianus River $1,050,000.
Rehabilitation of the Byram River Bridge on I-95, $5,000,000.
The Bond Commission also approved funding in the amount of $3,000,000 to purchase 10 buses to provide service for Fairfield County commuters. The buses are intended to make public transportation between towns like Greenwich, Stamford and New Canaan more convenient, efficient and attractive.
As a member of the Finance Committee, Representative Gibbons opposed efforts in 2002 to raise the state income tax on taxpayers earning $1 million or more annually. She supported efforts to reduce the state income and other taxes and to increase the property tax credit residents can take against their income tax liability.
Representative Gibbons also worked to secure a variety of state grants that benefit Greenwich, including:
A $40,000 grant for the Transportation Association of Greenwich. The grant was used to purchase a new van to enable TAG to continue providing quality transportation services to seniors, disabled residents and children.
A $175,000 grant for the Bruce Museum. The grant funded an architectural study to determine the museum?s long-term needs. The museum has grown rapidly over the past few years and its galleries and classrooms are often overcrowded and its collections and exhibition areas have been stretched to capacity.
On May 16, 2002, Representative Gibbons was honored by the State of Connecticut Greenways Council with its 2002 Legislative Award for her efforts to secure funding and resources for pedestrian and bicycle greenways throughout Connecticut.
Representative Gibbons? ultimate goal is to see an interconnected greenways system established in Connecticut for everyone who values and enjoys our state?s natural beauty.
Representative Gibbons? work experience includes part-time employment with Odin Partners, Investment Advisors, NYC, from 1989 to the present; and as a partner at Earthworks of Greenwich, LLC, from 1997 to the present.
Representative Gibbons also serves on the Western Middle School Building Committee. She also is a member of the Greenwich Republican Town Committee.
Her past community service includes membership on the board of the Arch Street Teen Center; the Distinguished Teachers Committee (co-chair); Friends of the Greenwich Library; the Advisory Board of the Children?s Day School; Greenwich High School and North Street School PTA executive committees; Hortulus Garden Club; Representative Town Meeting; Smith College Club of Greenwich-Stamford (past president); United Way Planning Council; and the Smith College Alumnae Association (past director).
Representative Gibbons graduated from Smith College with a BA in Economics.
She is married to John A. Gibbons Jr. They have four children and three grandchildren.