Rep. Rose has been serving as your State Representative for the 118th Assembly District at the State Capitol since 2011. She is the House Chair of the Internship Committee and serves on the Housing and Veterans’ Affairs Committees as well as the former co-chair of the Bipartisan Women’s Caucus. She previously served on the Environment, Children’s and Planning & Development Committees. In addition, Representative Rose is a member of the Shoreline Preservation Task Force, a member of the Moderate Caucus, the Sportsman's Caucus and the Tourism Caucus, the IDD Caucus, and is a member of the Rare Disease Task Force.
Rep. Rose has a long history and connection with Milford. Her paternal grandparents moved to the city in the 1950's and opened the "Hunter Motel", which was located on Post Road directly across the street from the Connecticut Post Mall. Kim's mother graduated from the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall. Kim was born in Milford, and when her family decided to relocate to Derby when she was just a child, her love for Milford and all it had to offer drew her back to spend the summers at her family’s house in Laurel Beach. Always longing to return to Milford, Kim moved back just before the birth of her first child more than 30 years ago.
Kim had a deep desire to become more involved in Milford's future. She opened an antique store in Downtown called "Grandma's Attic," and co-founded the Downtown Milford Business Association, where she also served as Vice President. With extensive expertise in event planning, she also owned and managed a catering business, as well as a bridal store, and worked at the Milford Citizen newspaper.
Rep. Rose has two children. Her daughter, Crystal, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Chemistry from the Honor's College at Southern Connecticut State University and is a graduate of Quinnipiac University. She is a Physician Assistant in the ED. Crystal was married in May of 2013 to Foran High School Graduate, Dashiell Anderson. Crystal and Dashiell now have 3 beautiful daughters, Cora, and twins Faelynne and Eloise.
Her second child, Casey, served a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan and was a Sergeant with the Connecticut Army National Guard. Casey was injured in a fire fight and is now living in California. Kim, a former Blue Star Mom, values our Veterans and knows firsthand the sacrifices and strain placed on the families left at home. She is a lifetime member of the Auxiliary VFW Devon Post 7788 and has served as its Jr. Vice President for four consecutive years and also as their President.
When Kim's children were young, she was an active mother at Saint Gabriel School, where she started one of their largest fundraisers, the "Goods and Services Auction". Representative Rose is also a member of the Devon Rotary, Milford Elks Lodge #1589, the American Legion, the Milford Historical Society, the Audubon Society, the Milford Arts Council, and the Milford Senior Center and is a Board Member of the Boys and Girls Club. In addition, she is an advisor to the Walnut Beach Association and a past member of the defunct Devon Revitalization Committee.
In pursuit of aggressively conserving and preserving our state's wonderful scenic areas, such as Silver Sands Beach, throughout Kim's adult life, she spent a significant amount of time working on several different projects. She helped to reduce the number of units at a condominium complex, where the health and safety of her neighbors was in jeopardy. She also worked on stopping the over-development of Milford's last large undeveloped parcel at Eisenhower Park, and organized her neighbors to stop a recycling facility from becoming operational at 990 Naugatuck Avenue.
With a passion for serving her community, in 2007, Kim decided that she wanted to do more to represent her neighbors. She successfully ran for the Planning and Zoning Board and proudly served the 3rd District, while fighting for smart development and conservation. She was elected Vice-Chair in 2008 and 2009, and was instrumental in getting the Planning and Zoning meetings televised.
She planned, organized and runs the Village of Devon Farmer's Market and maintains the Village of Devon Facebook page. Kim Rose is currently employed by the City of Bridgeport.