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Danté Bartolomeo was elected in November 2014 for her second term in the State Senate, serving the communities of Meriden, Cheshire, Middlefield, Middletown and Rockfall.
Danté is Senate Co-Chair of both the legislature’s Committee on Children and the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, and is a member of the Appropriations and Education committees.
One of the signature accomplishments of Senator Bartolomeo’s first session in the General Assembly was her authorship and the unanimous, bipartisan passage of a new state law (Public Act 13-178) that seeks to reduce mental, emotional and behavioral health issues in children by creating the framework for a system that focuses on prevention, early identification and intervention, better communication and consistency within and between agencies, providers and families, and other new initiatives.
In her second session, Danté worked to pass a law that removes employment barriers for returning veterans who are entering the workforce. This legislation required state licensing authorities to accept military training and experience, where appropriate, as a substitute for their requirements, and will allow veterans to receive streamlined occupational certifications. Additionally, Danté spent her second session continuing to spearhead efforts to crack down on drunk drivers, and secured state support for local improvements and construction projects throughout her district.
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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December 4, 2014 — Senator Bartolomeo helps to kick off MADD’s annual “Tie One On for Safety” campaign.
October 15, 2014 —Senator Bartolomeo visits Chrysalis in Meriden to announce a new statewide Spanish-language hotline that offers 24 hour, 7-day a week access to certified domestic violence counselors who are fluent in both Spanish and English.