Alumna Elected to Serve as Connecticut’s House Minority Leader

Representative Themis Klarides ’87 is the First Woman to Lead House Republican Caucus

Hartford, CT, November 11, 2014 – On Election Day this year, Trinity alumna and State Representative Themis Klarides ’87 was elected to a ninth term representing Connecticut’s 114th House district, an exciting accomplishment in its own right. Two days later, when the state’s legislative caucuses met to select their leadership, Klarides was selected by her colleagues to make history as the first woman to lead the House Republican caucus.

Representative Themis Klarides '87, the newly elected minority leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives

Klarides was chosen to replace Representative Larry Cafero, who did not seek reelection this year. Since 2007, Klarides has served as deputy minority leader. Now, as minority leader, Klarides will lead the 64-member caucus, the largest group of House Republicans in Connecticut since 1994.

The Trinity political science major, who also has a law degree from Quinnipiac University, was first elected in 1998 to represent the 114th District, which includes the towns of Woodbridge, Orange, and Derby. In the most recent legislative session, Klarides was a member of the Appropriations, Judiciary, Legislative Management, Screening, and Public Health Committees.

Klarides is not the Connecticut General Assembly’s only Trinity alum. She is joined in the House of Representatives by David Alexander ’03, Claire Janowski IDP ’88, and Jason Rojas M’12, who also serves as Trinity’s director of community relations and chief of staff to President Joanne Berger-Sweeney. Trinity is represented in the Senate by Tony Guglielmo M’91, Joan Hartley M’79, and John Fonfara M’92, who is also the senator for Trinity’s neighborhood.

The leadership of Klarides and her elected colleagues is one of many ways that Trinity has a strong presence at the State Capitol. There are also alumni among the civil servants, lobbyists, and activists making their mark on Connecticut, in addition to the many students participating in Trinity’s landmark legislative internship program.