First-term state senator Christine Cohen will seek re-election in 2020.
“I’ve always felt a call to service,” said Cohen, who represents the 12th District, which includes Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison and North Branford.
A Democrat, Cohen serves as Senate Chair of the Environment Committee, Vice-Chair of the Commerce Committee, and sits as a voting member on both the Planning & Development and Children’s committees.
According to her senate website, during her first term, “Cohen focused her public policy energies on protecting Connecticut’s environment, preventing gun violence, making Connecticut healthier, and strengthening the state’s economy.”
Cohen’s bio states that she “helped pass new state laws to ban single-use plastic bags beginning in 2021, to ban the production of untraceable ‘ghost guns,’ to raise the smoking and vaping age to 21, to reduce business taxes, expand workforce development training, institute a paid family and medical leave system beginning in 2022, and allow for the planting of hemp on Connecticut cropland – a brand new industry for our state.”
“We have a chance here to be cutting edge and progressive, which is really exciting to me,” Cohen said. “Connecticut has traditionally shown itself as a state that deeply cares about the environment and deeply cares about quality of life.”
The senator added: “I think you’re going to see, and we are seeing, a growing trend towards more biobusiness. I just visited a kelp farm and the many uses of kelp are incredible. From making straws that are no longer plastic … to food, to textiles.”
Cohen, a business owner herself, has supported the elimination of the business entity tax, and founding a small business council.
“Senator Cohen brings intelligence, balance and real world experience to the job. She gets what it means to run a small business because she owns one,” Branford Board of Education Vice Chair John Prins said. “She is engaging, incredibly well-prepared and responsive in a way that gives her constituents confidence that they have a solid, dependable voice in Hartford, one that represents the interests and needs of all of us with balance, skill and good-natured authority.”