Senator Matt Lesser currently represents the 9th district, serving the residents of Cromwell, Middletown, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield.
He serves as Deputy Majority Leader and is the chair of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee. Matt has served in the legislature for 14 years, the last four in the state Senate. During that time, he has passed major legislation, from capping the cost of insulin, to passing universal prenatal care and the Student Loan Bill of Rights. He played an instrumental role in the passage of the Mental Health Parity Act that ensures insurance coverage for people in the state with mental health and substance use disorder conditions as they would for other illnesses.
First elected in 2008, Matt defeated a long time Republican incumbent by mobilizing a diverse coalition focused on equity and building a stronger middle class. Matt knows that we need to grow our coalition and cannot afford to give up on any town or any part of the state. In 2018, Matt won an underdog race for the state Senate despite being outspent 5:1.
Matt is the son of an immigrant who grew up in a dictatorship in Latin America and grandson of a refugee who survived the Holocaust. A cancer survivor, he lives in Middletown with his wife Sarah, an attorney, and their one-year-old son.