Susan Bysiewicz

Susan Bysiewicz

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Susan Bysiewicz (born 1961) served as Secretary of the State of Connecticut from 1999 to 2011. She was briefly a candidate for Governor of Connecticut in 2010, before dropping out to run for Connecticut Attorney General. She was disqualified from running for the office by the Connecticut Supreme Court and announced in 2011 that she was running for the U.S. Senate to replace the retiring Joe Lieberman.

Early life, education, and law career

Bysiewicz was raised on a farm in Middletown, Connecticut, and graduated from Yale University and Duke University School of Law. While pursuing her law degree, she wrote Ella: A Biography of Governor Ella Grasso. (Grasso is remembered in Connecticut both for pioneering women's roles in politics, and for serving in late stages of fatal cancer.) Bysiewicz practiced law in New York City, and then in Hartford.

Political career

State legislature

She was elected state representative for the 100th Assembly District of Connecticut for three successive terms starting in 1992, representing until 1998 about 22,000 constituents living in parts of the towns of Middletown (64% of her constituents) and Middlefield (10%), and throughout the town of Durham (26%).Connecticut State Register and Manual, 1995, Secretary of the State, Hartford

Secretary of State

In 1998, she sought the Democratic nomination for Secretary of......
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