Susan was raised the proud granddaughter of immigrants who came to Connecticut from Poland with nothing but hopes for a better future. She grew up on a farm in the Westfield section of Middletown that her grandparents bought after years of working in a factory. Growing up and working on the farm, she and her siblings learned the values of hard work, education and persistence.
Susan's father was a pilot in World War II and ran their family farm and a small business. Her mother, who was the daughter of Greek immigrants, went to law school in the early 1950’s and was a pioneer for women in the legal profession in Connecticut. Susan's parents taught her to fight for what she believes in and to stand up for others who need help.
Those are the values that guided Susan when she served in the State Legislature and represented Middletown, Middlefield and Durham, and they continue to guide her today. There, she wrote legislation to ban dangerous “drive-through” mastectomies and ensure that women being treated for breast cancer had proper care. Susan also fought political patronage and wrote the law to ban lobbyists from giving gifts to legislators.
As Secretary of the State of Connecticut, Susan helped thousands of businesses grow, registered thousands of voters, cut bureaucratic red tape, honored veterans, and fought to keep elections fair.
Now, as a business lawyer and a job creator, she has helped over fifty companies access millions of dollars in capital, expand their businesses, and create hundreds of jobs in our State. Susan knows that our economy thrives when we create good-paying jobs and everyone has access to affordable healthcare.
As the mother of three children who recently graduated from college, Susan understands the need to make higher education and vocational training more affordable for families in Connecticut. As a life-long Democrat, she believes in a woman’s right to choose, pay equity and for equal rights for everyone in our state.