State Senator

Beth Bye

Assistant Majority Leader

Chair: Appropriations

Vice Chair: Education; Higher Education & Employment Advancement

Representing Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington & West Hartford

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5th Senate District

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Helping to Prevent Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

January 30, 2014 —Senator Bye discusses a comprehensive series of new public policy initiatives designed to improve Connecticut’s college campus sexual assault reporting policies and procedures.

From the Headlines

September 5, 2013 — West Hartford News: Senator Bye and Congressman John Larson tour Triumph Engine Controls in West Hartford to hear how the federal budget sequester is affecting local manufacturers.

July 25, 2013 — Stateline: in an artilce titled “States Reform College Remedial Education,” Senator Bye describes a new law that will require public colleges to build remedial education into credit-bearing courses.

June 11, 2013 — Your Public Media: Senator Bye speaks with WNPR about the failure of a bill creating the Office of Early Childhood to pass the House of Representatives on the final day of the 2013 legislative session.

June 3, 2013 — West Hartford News: Citing the growing number of people giving up their cars in favor of bicycles as a means of transportation, state Senator Beth Bye today celebrated the unanimous and bipartisan Senate passage of her bill that raises fines and stiffens penalties for drivers that seriously injure or kill “vulnerable users” of public roadways such as pedestrians, cyclists, and highway workers.

May 15, 2013 — CT Mirror: This week, a compromise was reached that would require college officials to come before legislators to talk about their budgets sometime before Valentines Day next year, but not necessarily before their budget is adopted. The budget hearing would also be required in 2015.

About Senator Bye

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On November 2, 2010, Senator Beth Bye was elected to represent the citizens of the 5th Senate District towns of West Hartford, Bloomfield, Burlington and Farmington.

Beth is co-chair of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, vice-chair of the Education Committee, and is a member of the Appropriations and Judiciary committees.

Beth received her BA and MA in child development from the University of New Hampshire, and is widely recognized as one of the state’s leading authorities on early childhood education. Beth has been a program director at Capitol Region Education Council, The University of Saint Joseph and Trinity College. She has a strong interest in program and facility development and has had a role in the development of four model preschool programs in the Hartford region over the past 10 years serving a combined 750 children.

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Beth was named “Legislator of the Year” in 2009 and 2011 by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance. She has been named one of a dozen “Environmental Champions” by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters. Even before being elected to the General Assembly, Beth was recognized by The National Council of Jewish Women for their “Women Who Dare Award” in 2002. Beth was also named one of Connecticut Magazine’s “30 Young People of Influence” (30 under 40).

Beth is an active member of the West Hartford Unitarian Universalist Church. She also served as vice chair of the West Hartford Board of Education for five years. She coached various youth sports over the years.

Beth lives in West Hartford with her wife, Tracey Wilson. They were the first gay couple to be married in Connecticut in 2008. They have three children in college and one gainfully employed! Beth grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and has five sisters, one brother and 24 nieces and nephews. She and her family enjoy tennis, skiing, the beach and entertaining friends and family.

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A Smart Start for Early Childhood Education

April 9, 2014 Senator Bye helps to unveil the Smart Start plan, a ten-year commitment to provide pre-K education to 50,000 children.

CT Valley Views

February 2, 2014 —Join Susan Regan, Host of CT Valley Views for an informative interview with Senator Bye who clearly states the charge of her new position: “That’s the challenge of the appropriations committee- you can only spend as much as you take in”.

Investing in Bioscience to Create Jobs

September 4, 2013 —Senator Bye tours the UConn Health Center in Farmington to highlight Bioscience Connecticut, an initiative that will promote economic development and create jobs by allowing investments in translational bioscience research, emerging technologies and new companies.