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Kevin C. Kelly is an American lawyer and politician from
Connecticut Connecticut () is the southernmost state in the New England region of the United States. As of the 2010 Census, it has the highest per-capita income, second-highest level of human development behind Massachusetts, and highest median household ...
. A Republican, he has been a member of the Connecticut State Senate since 2011, elected from the 21st District. He has been Senate Republican Minority Leader since 2021.


Education

Kelly earned a Bachelor of Arts, B.A. from Assumption College (Worcester), Assumption College in 1982, an Master of Arts, M.A. from Fairfield University in 1985, and a Juris Doctor, J.D. from University of Connecticut School of Law in 1997.John Burgeson
Kelly loses Stratford but prevails in the 21st
Associated Press (November 7, 2018).


Legal and political career

Kelly was formerly a City attorney, town attorney. He has a law office, Kevin Kelly & Associates, in Stratford, Connecticut, Stratford, specializing in elder law.Ethan Fry
Kevin Kelly: Republican, candidate for state Senate District 21
''CT Post'' (September 28, 2020).
Before opening his legal practice, Kelly spent 13 years as an investigator for the Connecticut Department of Social Services. Since 2011, he has been a Connecticut Senate, State Senator, representing part of the Naugatuck River Valley in the Connecticut Senate, including all of the town of Shelton, Connecticut, Shelton and part of the towns of Monroe, Connecticut, Monroe, Seymour, Connecticut, Seymour, and Stratford. In 2010, Kelly defeated James Miron, a former mayor of Stratford. In 2012, Kelly ran unopposed for the seat. In 2014, Kelly won reelection, defeating Democrat Prez Palmer. In 2016, Kelly won a fourth term in the Senate, again defeating Palmer. In 2018, Kelly won a fifth term in the Senate, defeating Democratic nominee Monica Tujak Brill. He ran unopposed in 2020. Kelly has embraced Donald Trump; in 2016, he expressed unequivocal support for Trump's presidential candidacy. In November 2020, the Senate Republican caucus elected Kelly to the post of Senate Minority Leader, replacing Len Fasano, who retired; Kelly appointed Paul Formica as his deputy. As of 2020, Kelly was the ranking member of the Senate committees on Aging, Insurance and Real Estate, and Children, and a member of the Regulation Review Committee. In the state Senate, Kelly has championed efforts to make pregnancy a "qualifying life event" for purposes of Health insurance in the United States, health insurance enrollment; the legislation was supported by the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors. In 2020, Kelly voted against a police reform and accountability bill.Kevin Kelly
Op-Ed: Kelly talks opposition to police reform bill
''Shelton Herald'' (July 29, 2020).


Personal life

Kelly is married and has four children and five grandchildren.


References

{{DEFAULTSORT:Kelly, Kevin C. Connecticut Republicans Connecticut state senators 21st-century American politicians University of Connecticut School of Law alumni Fairfield University alumni Assumption University (Worcester) alumni Living people Year of birth missing (living people)