Biography

State Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey was elected in 2014 to serve Fairfield's 133rd Assembly District. She currently serves on the legislature's Education, Government Administration & Elections, and Transportation committees. 

Prior to serving in the legislature, she was elected to Fairfield's Representative Town Meeting in 2005, where she served as Deputy Moderator and Minority Leader. In 2011 she was elected to the Fairfield Board of Selectmen.

As a member of the Transportation Committee, Cristin understands the importance of creating a 21st century transportation system that reduces traffic, facilitates economic growth, and improves the environment. She is a passionate advocate for walkable and bikeable communities.

Cristin helped secure funding for a road safety audit for the Grasmere section of Fairfield, which has allowed Fairfield to apply for a grant from the CT Metropolitan Council of Governments for upgrades. In 2016 she introduced legislation increasing the fine for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, which was signed by the Governor and took effect in October of 2016. Cristin has also fought for improved Metro North services, recognizing rail as a critical mode of transportation for Fairfield residents.

As both a legislator and a parent, Cristin is committed to ensuring children have access to a high quality public education. In 2016 her bill to limit how third parties can use student data, protecting student privacy, passed the legislature unanimously. She continues to work to address the issue of student data privacy.

Cristin championed a bill to help students with dyslexia by requiring any person applying for a remedial reading or reading consultant endorsement to have completed a course that includes instruction on dyslexia. She also successfully introduced legislation to give institutions of higher education the flexibility they need to create programs that are responsive to changing workforce needs, directly benefiting institutions such as Sacred Heart University.

In 2015, Cristin was appointed to the permanent Commission on Economic Competitiveness, which analyzes the implications of state tax policy on business and industry in order to develop policy recommendations that promote economic growth and prosperity in the state.

Based on recommendations from the business community, Cristin advocated for legislation updating the laws governing limited liability companies (LLCs). The law makes Connecticut’s LLC Act consistent with best practices in other states, streamlining administration and reducing costs.

Cristin previously worked with Casey Family Services to help older youth in foster care achieve permanence through adoption. She also served as co-chair of the Fairfield Cares Community Coalition, which works to prevent suicide and substance abuse among teens.

Educated at the University of Notre Dame (BA Economics and Government) and the University of Washington (MSW), Cristin has been married for over 20 years to her husband Brian, a US Navy veteran. She and Brian share the joy of raising three children, all of whom attend or have been through Fairfield Public Schools.