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November 21, 2013 —Senator Bartolomeo tours Protein Sciences, a cutting edge bioscience company in Meriden that has developed the unique Flublok vaccine to help protect against the the flu. The locally produced vaccine is helping to create and sustain jobs in the biomedical research field.
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Danté Bartolomeo was elected in November 2012 to serve the 13th state Senatorial District communities of Meriden, Cheshire, Middlefield, Middletown and Rockfall.
Danté is Senate Chairman of both the legislature’s Children’s Committee and the Housing Committee, and is a member of the Education, Internship, and Public Health committees.
For the 2013 legislative session, Danté’s public policy priorities include changes to Connecticut’s earned risk reduction credit program, enhanced monitoring of certain parolees, increased penalties for ‘straw purchases’ of firearms and illegal use of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and Lyme Disease prevention and treatment.
Danté served on the Meriden City Council from July 2008 until December 2012, rising to the position of Deputy Majority Leader. She also served as chair of the Public Works and Parks & Recreation Committee, vice-chair of the Finance Committee, and Council Liaison to the Board of Education.
Prior to serving on the City Council, Danté was a dedicated community advocate who devoted herself to Meriden’s citizens. Between 2005 and 2008, Danté was a member of the Board of Directors of Meriden’s Children First Initiative, an organization committed to supporting children under age eight. She also served as community organizer for healthcare4every1, an advocacy campaign organized by the Universal Healthcare Foundation of Connecticut to provide access to quality, affordable health care.
Danté is a member of the Meriden-Wallingford NAACP and was a two-year co-president of Nathan Hale Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization. She also served as a member of the Meriden Board of Education’s Full-Day Kindergarten Committee from 2005 to 2007. That committee allowed Meriden to expand the program from just four classrooms to citywide as of January 2013, including three bilingual classes.
Danté graduated from Mercy High School in Middletown in 1987 and cum laude from Colby College in 1991 with a B.A. in psychology. During her time in college, she served as vice president of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for Psychology. She was employed in sales and marketing for the hotel industry from 1991-1996, and was a part-time consultant from 1998-2000.
Danté has been married for many years to her husband Doug, who is a Youth Detective with the Berlin Police Department. Together they have two sons, Riley and Cameron.
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November 1, 2013 —Senator Bartolomeo helps to commemorate the groundbreaking for construction on the HUB project in downtown Meriden.
October 10, 2013 —Senator Bartolomeo volunteers at the Amazing Soup Challenge sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul Middletown and the Amazing Grace Food Pantry Middletown.
September 4, 2013 —Senator Bartolomeo tours the Klingberg Family Centers facility in New Britain to highlight a new law that expands access to mental, emotional and behavioral health care for children.
August 20, 2013 —During the 10th Annual Back-to-School Expo Book Bag Drive, Senator Bartolomeo helped Meriden Firefighters Ryan Gilhuly and Brendan Noonan to distribute 1,200 book bags with school supplies to local children.