State Senator Sam S.F. Caligiuri is serving his second term representing Connecticut’s 16th Senatorial District comprising Southington and Wolcott and parts of Cheshire and Waterbury.
He is a Deputy Minority Leader and serves as the leading Republican Senator, or Ranking Member, of the General Assembly’s Elementary and Secondary Education Committee and of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee. He also serves as a member of the Appropriations and Regulation Review committees.
During his first term in the State Senate, Senator Caligiuri emerged as a leading fiscal conservative on state budget issues, the principal advocate for enacting tougher criminal sentencing laws in Connecticut, and as an innovative thinker on municipal issues. In 2007, Senator Caligiuri was the lone senator and the only Republican in the General Assembly to vote again the state budget. He predicted at the time that it would lead to significant state budget deficits because that budget spent more than the state could reasonably expect to support with anticipated tax revenue. His sole vote against the budget earned him the praise of a number of newspapers around the state, who called Senator Caligiuri the “last defender” of the state’s spending cap and the “last sane man in Hartford.”
Senator Caligiuri has also been a strong advocate of tougher sentencing laws for repeat violent criminals. Following the horrific murders in Cheshire in 2007, Senator Caligiuri has been the leading voice for enacting a “Three Strikes” law in Connecticut. Senator Caligiuri is the founder and Co-Chairman of the Three Strikes Now Coalition, a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to enacting a Three Strikes law in the state.
Senator Caligiuri used his experience as a former Acting Mayor of Waterbury and Waterbury Alderman to push for the enactment of a law that will help Connecticut’s cities and towns reduce their unfunded pension liabilities. Senator Caligiuri authored Public Act 07-204, An Act Concerning Fully Funding Municipal Pension Funds. This law creates an innovative program that allows municipalities to bolster their pension funds at a rate of interest that is lower than what they could obtain in the bond market while at the same time not costing the State of Connecticut any money.
Senator Caligiuri has also worked to protect working families. In 2008, he was one of only two Republicans in the General Assembly to support an increase in the state’s minimum wage.
Prior to his election to the General Assembly, Senator Caligiuri served as a member of the Waterbury Board of Aldermen from 1997 to 2002, and as the Board’s President from 2000 to 2002. Senator Caligiuri also served as Acting Mayor of Waterbury from July 2001 to January 2002. During his tenure as Acting Mayor, Senator Caligiuri led one of the most aggressive municipal ethics reforms in the state and negotiated collective bargaining agreements that saved taxpayers millions of dollars. Senator Caligiuri served as Deputy Legal Counsel in the Office of the Governor of Connecticut from 1995 to 1997.
Senator Caligiuri is a partner in the law firm of Day Pitney LLP. In 2002, Senator Caligiuri was the recipient of the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Impact Award, and he has been selected a Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Connecticut School of Law. Senator Caligiuri received a B.A. from Boston College, an M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School, and a J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
Senator Caligiuri has been active in numerous civic organizations. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Waterbury. He has also served as a member of Governor Rell’s Commission on Education Finance, as a Trustee of the Connecticut Community Foundation, and as a director of the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce, Connecticut Legal Services, and the Governor’s Prevention Partnership.
Senator Caligiuri is a life-long Waterbury resident, where he lives with his wife, Lori, and their children, Grace and Owen.
Information from: http://www.senaterepublicans.ct.gov/sen_info/caligiuri.aspx