|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 11th district
January 3, 2009
|Preceded by||Thomas M. Davis|
|Chair of the Fairfax County
Board of Supervisors
|Succeeded by||Sharon Bulova|
|Member of the Fairfax County
Board of Supervisors
from the Providence district
|Succeeded by||Linda Smyth|
March 30, 1950 |
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
|Alma mater||Maryknoll College
- 1 Early life, education and career
- 2 Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
- 3 U.S. House of Representatives
- 4 Political positions
- 5 Political campaigns
- 6 Electoral history
- 7 Personal life
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Early life, education and career
Connolly worked from 1979 through 1989 with the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, where he managed committee oversight of international economic issues, international narcotics control, and United Nations and Middle East policies, and published reports on U.S. policy in El Salvador, Central America, Israel and the Persian Gulf region. From 1989 through 1997 he was Vice President of the Washington Office of SRI International. He was also Director of Community Relations for SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation).
In local politics, Gerry served on the Fairfax Government Reorganization Commission from 1992 through 1993. In 1995 he was elected Providence District Supervisor, serving for nine years.
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Connolly's career as a public official began on March 28, 1995 when he was elected Providence District Supervisor on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. He was reelected to a four-year term on the board in November of that same year. Connolly ran unopposed for re-election in November 1999. In 2003, he was elected Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and was reelected in 2007.
As Chairman of the ten-member board, Connolly balanced a $4.5 billion budget and managed a county that, based on size, would make it the nation's thirteenth largest city, twelfth largest school district, and sixth largest office market. He served as Chairman of the County's Legislative Committee and Vice-Chair of the Economic Advisory Committee. Connolly also served as Chairman of the Board of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), Chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC), and was chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). He also chaired the region's Emergency Preparedness Taskforce and represented Fairfax County on the Board of the Virginia Association of Counties (VaCo), where he also served as president.
U.S. House of Representatives
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- Committee on Foreign Affairs (111th–113th Congress)
- Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia (111th–113th Congress)
- Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific (113th Congress)
- Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade (111th–112th Congress)
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (111th–113th Congress)
- Subcommittee on Government Operations (Ranking member; 113th Congress)
- Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs (113th Congress)
- Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Post Office, and the District of Columbia (111th–112th Congress)
- Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement (111th–112th Congress)
- United States House Committee on the Budget (111th Congress)
- Congressional Arts Caucus
Connolly is Pro-Choice. He voted against the Stupak Amendment to the Affordable Care Act, which placed stringent limits on health insurance companies offering abortion services. During the budget amendments process in 2011, he voted against an amendment that would have prevented taxpayer funds from going to Planned Parenthood.
Connolly has voted for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 which includes a controversial provision that allows the government and the military to indefinitely detain American citizens and others without trial.
Connolly has voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, the supplemental appropriations bill that established Cash for Clunkers, and the Cash for Clunkers Extension. Additionally, he voted for all of the 2010 governmental appropriations bills, and he voted for the Continuing Appropriations Act for 2011. However, he has voted against some large spending bills, including opposing the release of $350 billion in bank bailout funds and a $154 billion spending bill because of concerns these would add to the federal deficit.
Connolly voted in favor of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, saying it would strengthen national security while spurring innovation in the energy industry. In 2010, he voted in favor of ending a moratorium on deepwater drilling rigs that met certain safety standards. Connolly is one of the 35 congressmen who founded the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition.
Connolly supports gay rights, having campaigned against the Marshall-Newman Amendment to the Virginia Constitution, which banned all gay unions from being performed or recognized in Virginia. In Congress, he voted in favor of repealing the contentious "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that prohibited gays from serving openly in the military, and has co-sponsored a few bills that would repeal portions of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act. In June of 2013, Connolly posed for a picture with the NO N8 Campaign.
While on the Board of Supervisors for Fairfax County, Connolly sponsored an ordinance that would have made it illegal to transport a loaded shotgun in the back of one's car. In Congress, Connolly signed onto a measure that would have closed the "Gun Show Loophole" by requiring that private sellers of firearms at gun shows engage in the same background check and reporting requirements as registered firearms dealers. Connolly opposes allowing concealed weapons in schools and on college campuses.
In November, 2011, Connolly voted against the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act, which would have exempted non-residents of states that prohibit concealed weapons from those restrictions.
In 2009, Connolly was an early supporter of the Democratic health care plan, which ultimately became the America's Affordable Health Choices Act, as well as the public health insurance option; saying at a live chat with constituents in September to a woman from Washington, D.C. that "One of my principles for health care reform is that it increases the choices you have. By setting up a health insurance exchange, we can give your family more insurance choices, hopefully including one that your daughter's doctor chooses to accept". Connolly voted against the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, and later for the America's Affordable Health Choices Act in March 2010.
Connolly scored a 24 point victory over his closest opponent in the 2008 Democratic Primary. Connolly then defeated Republican nominee Keith Fimian by more than ten points for the open seat held by Republican incumbent Tom Davis. The Independent Green Party candidate on the ballot was Joseph P. Oddo.
Connolly was challenged by Republican nominee Keith Fimian, who lost to Connolly in 2008, Libertarian David L. Dotson, Independent Green David William Gillis, Jr., and Independent Christopher F. DeCarlo. Connolly was re-elected by less than a thousand votes.
Connolly was challenged by Republican nominee Chris Perkins, Green nominee Joe Galdo and independent candidates Peter Marchetti, Chris DeCarlo and Mark Gibson. He received 61% of the vote.
|1995-Special||Gerald Connolly||Democratic||4,478||59||Jeannemarie Devolites Davis||Republican||3,104||40.9|
|1995||Gerald Connolly||Democratic||10,578||55.8||Jeannemarie Devolites Davis||Republican||8,371||44.1|
|2003||Gerald Connolly||Democratic||98,419||53.1||Mychele B. Brickner||Republican||81,319||43.9||Other||5,465||2.9|
|2007||Gerald Connolly||Democratic||113,830||59.5||Gary H. Baise||Republican||68,403||35.8||Gail Parker||Independent Green||8,990||4.7|
|2008||Gerald Connolly||Democratic||196,598||54.7||Keith Fimian||Republican||154,758||43.0||Joseph P. Oddo||Independent Green||7,271||2.0|
|2010||Gerald Connolly||Democratic||111,720||49.2||Keith Fimian||Republican||110,739||48.7||Others||4,492||2.0|
|2012||Gerald Connolly||Democratic||202,606||61.0%||Christopher Perkins||Republican||117,902||35.5%||Others||11,735||3.5%|
Connolly and his wife Cathy have lived in Mantua since 1979. Their daughter is a student at a Virginia university. He serves on the Boards of Directors for Fairfax Partnership for Youth, the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Washington Initiative Board of Trustees, the Medical Care for Children Partnership, the Institute for Regional Excellence, and the University of Virginia – Virginia Institute of Government. He previously served as president of the Mantua Citizens Association (MCA) president and two terms as president of the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations.
- Meet Gerry, Gerry Connolly for U.S. Congress.
- Representative Gerald E. 'Gerry' Connolly (VA), Project Vote Smart
- "Virginia District 11 :: NARAL Pro-Choice America". Prochoiceamerica.org. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- "Gerry Connolly – Abortion". Thepoliticalguide.com. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 46". January 28, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2010.
- "GovTrack: House Vote On Passage: H.R. 2346 [111th]: Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009". Govtrack.us. May 14, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- "GovTrack: House Vote On Passage: H.R. 3435 [111th]: Making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year". Govtrack.us. July 31, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- "GovTrack: House Vote On Passage: H.R. 3288 [111th]: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010". Govtrack.us. July 23, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- "GovTrack: House Vote On Passage: H.R. 2996 [111th]: Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related". Govtrack.us. June 26, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- "GovTrack: House Vote On Passage: H.R. 2892 [111th]: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010". Govtrack.us. June 24, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- "GovTrack: House Vote On Passage: H.R. 2997 [111th]: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug". Govtrack.us. July 9, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- "GovTrack: House Vote On Passage: H.R. 3326 [111th]: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010". Govtrack.us. July 30, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- "GovTrack: House Vote On Passage: H.R. 3183 [111th]: Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies". Govtrack.us. July 17, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- "GovTrack: House Vote On Passage: H.R. 3081 [111th]: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011". Govtrack.us. July 9, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- "The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010". May 28, 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2010.
- FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 991. clerk.house.gov 16-Dec-2009
- "Connolly Cites Deficit in Voting Against $115 Billion Spending Bill". May 28, 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2010.
- "Connolly, Fimian make another swing for Virginia district". July 23, 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2010.
- FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 379. clerk.house.gov 31-May-2011
- "Most of Virginia congressmen have backed debt limit increases". PolitiFact. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- "Project Vote Smart – Representative Connolly on HR 2454 – Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade")". Votesmart.org. 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2010-11-05.
- "Congressman Gerry Connolly : News : Connolly Statement on American Clean Energy and Security Act". Connolly.house.gov. Retrieved 2010-11-05.
- "Project Vote Smart – Representative Connolly on H Amdt 773 – Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards". Votesmart.org. Retrieved 2010-11-05.
- "Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition". House.gov. 2010-09-23. Retrieved 2010-11-05.
- "U.S. House candidates diverge on gay issues in Va. – Gerry Connolly". Zimbio. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- "Gerry Connolly – Gay Marriage". Thepoliticalguide.com. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- Blue Virginia:: Rep. Gerry Connolly: Intensity Matters on the Gun Issue. Bluevirginia.us. Retrieved on 2012-03-07.
- Gerry Connolly on Gun Control. Issues2000.org. Retrieved on 2012-03-07.
- Keith Fimian Says College Students Should “Pack Heat” | Gerry Connolly For Congress. Gerryconnolly.com (2010-10-28). Retrieved on 2012-03-07.
- U.S. House of Representatives Roll Call Votes. Clerk.house.gov. Retrieved on 2012-03-07.
- "Washington Post – Rep. Gerald Connolly On Health Reform". The Washington Post. September 24, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2010.
- Stone, Andrea (April 4, 2010). "Congressman in Trouble After Health Care Vote". AOL News. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
- Helping Active Duty Deployed Act of 2009
- "H.R. 1016: Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009". GovTrack.us. Retrieved 2010-11-05.
- "CQ Politics – District Detail: VA-11". CQ Politics. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
- Pershing, Ben (November 8, 2010). "Fimian will concede defeat to Connolly in 11th district". The Washington Post.
- "Falls Church News & Notes". Falls Church News Press. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gerry Connolly.|
- Congressman Gerald E. Connolly official U.S. House site
- Gerry Connolly for Congress
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography at Ballotpedia
- Biography at NNDB
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Congressional profile at Roll Call
- Fact-checking at PolitiFact.com
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Financial investments (personal) at The Washington Post
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Appearances at the Internet Movie Database
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Fimian, Connolly Square Off Burke Connection, October 1, 2008
- Connolly Seeks Higher Office, Julia O'Donoghue, Fairfax Connection, October 8, 2008
- Connolly: ‘Is there enough spending to be cut?’, Robert Costa, National Review, June 11, 2010
|United States House of Representatives|
Thomas M. Davis
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 11th congressional district
2009 – present
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority
|Representatives to the 111th United States Congress from Virginia (ordered by seniority)|
|111th||Senate: J. Webb | M. Warner||House: F. Wolf | R. Boucher | J. Moran | B. Goodlatte | R. Scott | E. Cantor | A. Forbes | R. Wittman | G. Nye | T. Perriello | G. Connolly|