Biography

Kara Rochelle is a first-term State Representative serving Ansonia and Derby’s 104th district. She is the Vice Chair of the Housing Committee, and serves as a member to the Higher Education and Employment Advancement and Commerce Committees.

Kara works at a non-profit affiliated with Yale University. In her youth she devoted countless volunteer hours to the Valley United Way Youth Leadership Program and continues to dedicate time to various community service projects including the Derby Elks and the Naugatuck Valley Young Democrats, which she founded to reinvigorate and reform the party by returning it to its working-class roots. 

Kara’s professional experience and upbringing have given her a strong commitment to helping people who work hard to pay the bills and raise their children. Her father Al Rochelle, a retired line worker at Sikorsky Aircraft, has dedicated nearly 50 years to the volunteer fire service and currently serves as chief. Her late mother, Diane, was a loving parent and small business owner who instilled in her kids, through her daycare, a passion for child development and education. 

Rochelle graduated from Fordham University and lives in Ansonia. 

Legislative Priorities

  • Fight for working people, small businesses and people on fixed incomes 
  • Restore our economy by investing in emerging technical workforce training
  • Fight for Ansonia and Derby to receive funding for schools and downtown development projects
  • Reduce the heavy tax burden on middle and working class families