Tom Reynolds is the State Representative for the 42nd District, which includes the towns of Ledyard, Preston and part of Montville. He was first elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2006 and 2008.
Rep. Reynolds serves as Assistant Majority Leader, Vice Chair of the Education Committee and as a member of the Planning & Development Committee. He also serves as a member of the powerful Appropriations Committee, as Chair of its Regulation & Protection Subcommittee, and as a member of its Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee and Results-Based Accountability Subcommittee.
In addition, he serves on the School Construction Project Review Committee, the Smart Growth Task Force and Chairman of its Regionalization Subcommittee, the Council of State Government’s Education Committee, and Chairman of the DUI Reform Working Group. Previously he served as Chairman of the Task Force on Domestic Violence in Immigrant Communities and as member of the Task Force on Adoption and Foster Care.
Rep. Reynolds has advanced legislation that will provide property tax relief, enhance state support of public schools in small towns, increase the state’s responsibility for special education costs and increase Pequot-Mohegan Fund Grants to casino host communities. He also joined with the southeastern delegation to bolster efforts to prevent the U.S. Submarine Base from being closed. In addition, Rep. Reynolds has been one of the leading advocates of legislation combating drunk driving.
Prior to his election to the General Assembly, Rep. Reynolds was elected to the Ledyard Town Council from 2000-2002 and was a member of the Education Committee and Transportation Task Force of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM). He was elected to the Ledyard Board of Education from 1995-2002 and served as Chairman of the Board from 1998-2002. In addition, he was elected in 2001 to serve on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE).
Rep. Reynolds is the Founding President of the Ledyard Education Advancement Foundation (LEAF) and the Ledyard Rotary Foundation. These foundations have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local schools and other worthy causes. He also serves as a member of the Board of Incorporators of the William W. Backus Hospital, the Board of Directors of the ARC of New London County, and volunteers for the YMCA of Southeastern Connecticut.
Rep. Reynolds was awarded the 2006 Legislative Champion Award from the Connecticut Community Providers Association and the 2007 Public Policy Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). In 2003, he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest honor bestowed by Rotary International. In both 2001 and 2007, he received national recognition from the American Council of Young Political Leaders in Washington, DC and was selected to participate in educational missions to the Philippines and Australia.
From 1988-89 he served as President of the Connecticut Student Association. From 1989-1994 he worked as an aide to U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman in Hartford. From 1994-1999 he worked at Connecticut College, first in the President’s Office as Associate Secretary of the College and then as the Associate Director of Development. He was Director of Institutional Advancement at The Williams School from 1999-2003. Rep. Reynolds currently owns his own consulting firm, serving the fundraising and strategic planning needs of not-for-profit organizations.
He graduated from Ledyard High School and received his BS from the University of New Haven and his MA in Public Policy from Trinity College.
Rep. Reynolds grew up in a Navy family in Ledyard and is one of eight children, four of whom were adopted. He lives in Gales Ferry with his wife and two sons.