Biography

Matt Ritter, a lifelong Hartford resident, was first elected in 2010 to the Connecticut General Assembly where he represents the 1st Assembly District in Hartford.

In November 2016, Matt was unanimously elected by his Democratic colleagues to serve as the new House Majority Leader beginning in January 2017.  In his new role as Majority Leader, Matt will be the second-ranking official in the House of Representatives and serve as the leading spokesperson in floor debate and steward of the flow of legislation through the House.

Prior to becoming the House Majority Leader, Matt served for two years as the Co-Chair of the Public Health Committee where he worked to pass legislation to help prevent deaths from opioid overdoses, increase hospital fee transparency, and require that more mental health services be covered by the private insurance market.

Since being elected in 2010, Matt has received several awards and recognitions. In 2014, Matt was named one of the Hartford Business Journal's "40 Under Forty" and chosen by the North Central Regional Mental Health Board, Inc. to receive a legislative award for his "outstanding and dedicated service in the Connecticut General Assembly on behalf of individuals with mental illness."  In 2015 Matt was named a “Community Champion” by the Connecticut Community Providers Association and was given a legislative recognition award by the Connecticut State Medical Society.  In 2016, Matt received awards from the Oral Health Society for his work on water fluoridation and from HARC for his support of programs serving individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities.

Prior to being elected to the General Assembly, Matt served on the Hartford City Council for three years where he chaired the Planning & Economic Development and Legislative Affairs committees.

Matt graduated from Colby College in 2004 with a major in Government and received his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law graduating with honors in 2007. In law school, he served as associate editor of the Connecticut Law Review.

Matt is a practicing attorney in Hartford and resides with his wife, Marilyn Katz, their two children Jack and Emma, and their dog, Dublin, in Hartford.