State Representative Eleni Kavros DeGraw was elected in November 2020 to represent the 17th district in Avon and Canton. She is in her second term.
In her first term, she brought back nearly two million in bonding dollars to her district, passed the phase-out of the personal income tax on Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), passed a Workforce Disability Pipeline bill, and a Veterans Municipal Property Tax Credit bill.
She is a member of the Bipartisan Women's Caucus, the Fire and Safety Caucus, and the Intellectual and Developmental Disability Caucus.
Eleni is a graduate of James Madison University and The Campaign School at Yale (formerly the Women’s Campaign School at Yale) as well as Emerge Connecticut and the State Legislative Leadership Foundation program. Throughout her career, she has served on many boards and currently is a member of the Board of CTFoodshare's Development Committee and The James Madison University College of Arts and Letters Board.
She is Chairwoman of the Planning and Development Committee and serves as a member of the Public Health and Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committees.
A resident of the Farmington Valley for nearly 25 years, Eleni lives in Avon with her three children and husband who is the founder and CEO of a service-disabled veteran-owned small business.