State Representative Kate Farrar was elected in November 2020 to represent the 20th District in West Hartford. She currently serves on the Finance, Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Insurance and Real Estate Committees.
Kate begins her first term as a legislator with over 20 years’ experience as a non-profit advocate and active community volunteer. A champion for working families, women and girls, Kate has passed new laws and public policies to improve equity and fairness in healthcare, education, and the workplace.
Kate led the passage of CT’s landmark Paid Family and Medical Leave Act and advanced new laws for pay equity and increasing the minimum wage in her role as Executive Director of the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF).
Prior to CWEALF, Kate expanded STEM education and leadership programs for 10,000 middle-school girls and college women as the Vice President of Campus Leadership Programs at the American Association of University Women (AAUW)'s in Washington, D.C.
Kate serves as a Board Member for the Betty Knox Foundation and volunteers in West Hartford for the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls, Foodshare and as an Alternate on Zoning for the West Hartford Town Council. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and a master's in public administration from Syracuse University.
Of all the places in our state, Kate and her husband Chan choose to live in West Hartford for its diverse community, commitment to education, and vibrant businesses and neighborhoods.