Biography

State Representative Emmett D. Riley has been representing the 46th District of Norwich in the Connecticut General Assembly since January 2013. He is a lifelong resident of the Rose City and succeeded his wife, Deputy Majority Leader Melissa Riley, who served five terms. Ms. Riley is a partner in the law firm of Embry and Neusner in Groton.

Rep. Riley is has been appointed Deputy Majority Leader and to serve as a member of Insurance & Real Estate; Judiciary; Joint Committee on Legislative Management and Public Health Committees. Additionally, he is a member of the Connecticut Commission on Corporate and Business Law.

Rep. Riley has a long established career in the nonprofit field. Most recently he served as the Director of Fund Development for Madonna Place, a family agency in downtown Norwich. He also served as the Director of Development for the Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. He has successfully secured numerous grants from federal, state and municipal governments, foundations and banks for the most disadvantaged residents in the eastern Connecticut region. He has also administered and directed profitable philanthropic fund raising events for countless causes most valued to him.

Prior to his nonprofit occupations, Mr. Riley was the Assistant Director of Admissions and Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Mitchell College, in New London. In this capacity, he was responsible for all aspects of college recruitment, communication plans, financial aid, and strategic marketing for international students and the eastern region of the United States. He is most proud of the 2002 Mitchell College team that finished fourth in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Danville Illinois.

Rep. Riley began his professional career as the Legislative Aide to Senator Charles H. Allen, III of New Haven. He considers his time spent with Senator Allen as an honor and great learning experience that provided the opportunity of a lifetime.

He has served on the Thames Valley Community Action Agency Board of Directors (TVCCA), the Senator Thomas Dodd Baseball Stadium Authority and the Board of Governors of the Norwich Golf Course. He is a past president of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a member of the Norwich Democratic Town Committee and has been a delegate to several state Democratic Conventions.