Catherine Abercrombie is serving her seventh term as state representative in the Connecticut General Assembly for the 83rd House District of Meriden, Berlin and Kensington; she claimed her seat in 2005 under a special election. Catherine is currently the House chair of the Human Services Committee, a member of the Appropriations Committee and subcommittee chair of the Appropriations Committee's Human Services subcommittee.
During her tenure in the General Assembly, Rep. Abercrombie has been a strong supporter and advocate of social service programs, children and family welfare, services for the disabled and educational issues. Cathy has also collaborated with several groups and organizations to help raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a condition that affects as many as one in every 69 children in the United States.
Catherine has earned recognition from various agencies and organizations across the state for her community work and advocacy. She received the Council on Developmental Services’ 2019 Legislative Champion Award, and the Wheeler Clinic’s 2019 Hearts and Hands Award. Additionally, she received the 2019 Public Policy and Legislative Outreach Distinguished Service Award from the Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis. She also received the 2018 Governmental Leadership Award from HARC.
Rep. Abercrombie is a board member of "Beat the Street" in Meriden, the Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA, Child Guidance of Meriden, and the Berlin Education Council.
Catherine and her husband John reside in Meriden and are the proud parents of three boys, Sean, Jason and Kyle.