Women's Reproductive Rights Rally

September 20, 2021
Yesterday, I stood alongside powerful advocates, fellow legislators and Lieutenant Governor Bysiewicz in support of Attorney General Tong's decision to sue Texas. Texas's recent abortion ban is not only unconstitutional, but it will put tens of thousands of women in danger. I am proud to serve as a representative in the State of Connecticut where we support and trust women. Please see my remarks at the conference below. 
Rep. Gilchrest speaks at Women's Reproductive Rights Rally

National Small Business Week 

It's National Small Business Week, the perfect opportunity for us to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of our state’s and nation's small business owners and leaders. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create roughly 66% of jobs in our country each year.

At a time when small businesses matter more than ever for the local economies, and remembering the hard challenges faced by business owners during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, please take time this week to shop at local small businesses and restaurants and support those in your community. Find a list – by category – of local businesses in our district by clicking the button below and searching the Connecticut Magazine database.
CT Magazine Small Business Database
If you are a local business owner, please also remember that Connecticut offers a number of programs to ensure your success. Please click the button below to access resources available to you.
CT Small Business Resources 

Operation Fuel

As we head into fall and winter, it's time to start heating our homes. For some, this can mean a strain on an already limited budget. 

Thankfully, there is help available.

If you are struggling to pay for electric, water, or other utilities, you can apply for assistance through Operation Fuel. You can also contact your utility agencies about payment plans and ask about getting coded for Hardship or Winter Protection to protect against winter shutoffs. Please click the image below for more specific details and information.


Don't get caught out in the cold or go without critical utilities you may need. Please visit operationfuel.org for more information about utility assistance. 


Hispanic Heritage Month 

This month, from September 15 through October 15, we observe Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate, recognize and feature the countless achievements of many Hispanic Americans who have positively impacted and enriched our communities.

Their rich culture has influenced the entertainment industry, sports, fashion, food, the political landscape, education, science and more with an enormous economic impact worldwide.

I am proud the legislature adopted and included Latino studies in our public high school curriculum beginning in the fall of 2022, allowing for more diversity and inclusion of an integral part of American history.

Please join me in recognizing Hispanic American successes, challenges and stories throughout this month and appreciating their invaluable contributions to society.