Bob Duff – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected State Senator District 25, Connecticut

Connecticut Democratic Party
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Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

Bob Duff is seeking his sixth two-year term representing the people of the 25th Senatorial District, which includes Norwalk and Darien. He is a ranking member of the State Senate and currently serves as Assistant President Pro Tempore.

Bob also serves as Chair of the Energy Committee, Vice-Chair of the Children’s Committee and is a Member of the Appropriations and Regulations Review Committees.

In his service to the people of Norwalk and Darien Bob has also served as Assistant Majority Leader, Majority Whip, Chair of the Banks Committee and Vice Chair of the Transportation and Energy & Technology Committees.

Standing Up for You

Bob is a familiar face in Norwalk and Darien, holding regular office hours locally, giving his constituents time to consult with him on issues important to them. If you see Bob walking down the street, stop and introduce yourself. Seriously! That’s the kind of guy he is.

Bob is one of those people with a “get ’er done” attitude. He rallied the legislature to create a package of assistance programs and reforms to reduce the number of home foreclosures in the state. He’s also led the way in energy conservation and planning, historic preservation, consumer protection and transportation.

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

42, Married to Tracey Duff, 2 children.

5th generation Norwalk resident.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Norwalk High School, Class of 1989

Lynchburg College, BA, political science, Class of 1993

Lynchburg College, Doctorate of Humane Letters 2010

Student Activities Board

Student Government

Student Senator

Intern for U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Realtor, 1995-present, William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty

Office Manager, 2000-2001, William Pitt Real Estate, Old Greenwich, CT

Long Term Substitute Teacher, Norwalk Public Schools, 1993-1995

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Member, Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 2007–present

Board Member, Mid Fairfield County Child Guidance Center, 2005–present

Member, Advisory Board, Family and Children's Agency, 2004–present

Board Member, Elderhouse Adult Day Care Center, 2002–present

Board Member, Human Service Council, 2002–present

Board Member, Norwalk Tree Alliance, 2002–present

Member, Advisory Board, Norwalk Land Trust, 2001–present

Member, Mid Fairfield Board of Realtors, 1995–present

Board Member, Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, 2008

Member, Emerging Leaders' Conference, State Legislative Leaders Foundation, 2006

Member, Fleming Fellows Leadership Institute of the Center for Policy Alternatives, 2004

Member, Family and Children's Agency

Member, Norwalk United Methodist Church

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

State Representative 2002 (special election)

State Representative 2002-2004

State Senator 2005-present

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)

Member, Norwalk United Methodist Church

served on various committees

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

Bob received the “2013 Legislative Award” from the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association for his work on farm energy issues. Bob was also recently honored by the Connecticut Restaurant Association at the organization’s annual Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner.

This year Bob was also recognized as Community Action Senate Leader of the Year by the Connecticut Association for Community Action, named Outstanding Elected Official by the Public Housing Resident Network, awarded Legislator of the Year by the Connecticut Waterworks Association and the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters again gave Bob a perfect “100” score for his environmental voting record. Most recently, Bob was named 2014 Legislator of the Year by the Connecticut Community Associations Institute.

Over the years Bob has been named “Legislator of the Year”, “Humanitarian of the Year”, and “Family Legislator of the Year”. Early in his career Bob was one of only 35 legislators nationwide accepted into the prestigious Fleming Leadership Institute. Two years later he was one of only two state legislators nationwide chosen to participate in the Emerging Leaders’ Conference.

As your fiscal watchdog, Bob has championed Results-based Accountability, co-chairing a subcommittee that has saved Connecticut taxpayers millions of dollars by curbing government waste. His work has spurred other states to do the same.

Reasons & Objectives
Areas to Concentrate On

Jobs and the Economy

It’s a story of much success and much work still to do.

Our unemployment rate is now the lowest it’s been since December of 2008, when we were deep in the throws of the Great Recession. Our Small Business Express program has given over 2,000 Connecticut businesses the incentive to invest in people. Some 14,000 new jobs have been created and another 30,000 retained over the last four years.

The Step Up program targets small businesses and has resulted in over 2,100 additional hires, including veterans.

Good news? Yes. Great news. Not yet. But when you put into perspective the damage this recession has done, we’ve managed the rebuilding of Connecticut’s economy fairly well. My aim is to continue to build confidence in our business sector. This will ensure the consumer confidence we need to return to a robust economy.

Education

As a parent and former full-time substitute teacher in the Norwalk Public Schools, I view educating our children as both a duty and an investment in our future. It’s why I’ve consistently advocated for resources for Norwalk and Darien schools.

Transportation and Commuter Issues

Our local transportation infrastructure has always been a key to how Norwalk and all of lower Fairfield County fare in a regional, national and even global economy. As such, this has always been an issue I advance during every session of the legislature.

There have been successes, such as the work now being done on I-95 and the ramps at Exits 14 and 15. There’s the scheduled replacement of the Walk Bridge in South Norwalk, which is critical to the flow of train traffic throughout the northeast. Plus, the replacement of the aging fleet of passenger cars on Metro North. And while the performance of Metro North has disappointed commuters of late, we continue to hold management accountable to the job for which they’ve contracted.

Each session I work to ensure my district receives the funds necessary to maintain and improve our roadways. This year Norwalk received $883,599 and Darien $334,138 from the Town Aid Road Fund.

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Source: Duff (10/23/2014)

Why I Am Running for Public Office

Public service i my passion. In addition to standing up for the people of Norwalk and Darien I serve as Senate Chair of the Energy & Technology Committee. Unlike members of the US Congress, State legislators don’t have an army of assistants and researchers. So it’s the Chairs who are in the trenches daily. It’s a real hands-on job.

I lead the creation of, and a vote to approve, the State’s first Comprehensive Energy Strategy. My long-term priorities have been to reduce the cost of energy products like electricity, oil and natural gas, increase energy supply and choices to the consumer, while at the same time decreasing environmental impact. A natural bi-product of my initiative will be increased jobs availability in the energy sector.

Assistant Vice Chair of the Children’s Committee is another office I hold. This committee is tasked with originating and reviewing any bill that impacts the lives of children in Connecticut.

I’m a member of the Appropriations Committee, tasked with determining appropriations to and the budgets of State agencies. Back in 2005 I co-chaired the Results-Based Accountability Appropriations Subcommitte. Out of that came a framework for reducing government waste that was later duplicated by several other States.

There’s also the Regulation Review Committee of which I’m a member. We ensure no State agency regulation conflicts with existing law including the constitutions of Connecticut and the United States.

Finally, I serve as Assistant President Pro Tempore of the Senate where I work closely with the President Pro Tempore and the Majority Leader.

These assignments keep me pretty busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I can honestly say I’m excited to go to work every day. For me it’s both a thrill to fine-tune this machine we call government and an honor to serve you in so many capacities.

Source: Duff (10/23/2014)

Goals If Elected

A lot of tax dollars go to Hartford from Norwalk and Darien. Every year I fight to bring back our fair share. And the longer I work in Hartford the more ways I discover to accomplish this. So each year I strive to bring back more and more. It comes back to you in the form of grants, reimbursements, services and special legislation to protect our local interests.

Source: Bob Duff (10/10/2008)

Achievements If Elected

Over 60,000 private sector jobs have been created in Connecticut over the last four years. Our unemployment rate is now 6.6%, the lowest its been since December 2008. We need to keep up this pace. Also, increase commerce while keeping neighborhoods clean and safe. Provide the best education for our children without overtaxing the community. Streamline transportation without destroying the environment. It's a delicate balancing act. My goal is to ensure that the people of Norwalk and Darien always win.

Source: Duff (10/23/2014)

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