Biography

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 chair of the Appropriations Committee's Human Services subcommittee and a member of the Energy and Technology Committee.

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 88 children in the United States.

Catherine has earned recognition for her community work and advocacy from various agencies and organizations across the state, including the 2013 Legislative Advocacy Award from the Connecticut Association for Adult and Continuing Education. Additionally she received the 2013 Legislator of the Year Award from LeadingAge Connecticut and the 2013 Outstanding Leadership Award from the Region II Regional Mental Health Board. She was named 2013 Legislator of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, as well as a 2013 Children's Champion by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance. She also received the 2012 AARP Legislative Achievement Award and the 2012 Family Legislator of the Year Award from the Connecticut Council of Family Legislators.

Rep. Abercrombie is a small business owner and board member of "Beat the Street" in Meriden; The Meriden & Wallingford Substance Abuse Council (MAWSAC); First Initiative and The League of Women Voters.

Catherine and her husband John reside in Meriden, CT., and are the proud parents of three boys, Sean, Jason and Kyle.