Biography

Connecticut Rep. Brandon L. McGee, Jr. is a self-described community activist and architect of social solutions on behalf of Connecticut’s residents. A Hartford native, he committed to public service early in his career after being inspired by Mrs. Rosa Parks, one of the most influential figures of the civil rights movement, whom he considered a friend and mentor. Brandon is an advocate for equity in education, criminal justice reform, voter registration, and empowering people of color and their communities. He is committed to creating progressive processes that skillfully marry standard grassroots techniques with the art of relating to people on basic levels. His passion to communicate to a variety of public takes his inspiration from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.

Brandon is currently serving his third term in the Connecticut Legislature, where he represents areas of Windsor and Hartford. He is the vice chair of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and a member of the Appropriations, Education, and Human Services Committees. Additionally, he serves as the assistant majority whip and vice chair of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus.

He also has numerous community affiliations and serves in various capacities, including:

  • Ascend Mentoring, Board President - 2012 to Present
  • BSL Education Foundation, President - 2015 to Present
  • Hartford Behavioral Health, Board of Directors - 2015 to Present
  • Jewish Family Services, Board of Directors - 2016 to Present

Brandon is the chief creative officer of the McGee Firm in Hartford, where he provides strategic insight, planning, and messaging consulting to clients in private, public, and education sectors. He also serves as a marketing and communications coordinator for the Capitol Region Education Council in Hartford.

Brandon has received numerous awards for his civic work. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the National Mentoring Partnership for his commitment to youth mentoring. He was also named 2017 Citizen of the Year by the Tau Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In 2009, Brandon was the youngest recipient ever to receive the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Offices Community Award.

Brandon earned a B.A. degree in Political Science from Alabama State University in 2006 and holds an M.S. degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, Conn. His long affiliation and strong ties to his undergraduate alma mater led to the establishment of the Brandon McGee Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math scholarship in 2014.

​Brandon is a deacon and member of the board of directors of the Citadel of Love Church in Hartford. ​He ​lives in Hartford with his wife Geralynn and daughter Sylver Kennedy.