Lawrence F. Cafero

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Lawrence Cafero, Jr.
Minority leader of the
Connecticut House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 142nd district
Assumed office
January 6, 1993
Preceded by Margaret Gill
Personal details
Born (1958-01-08)January 8, 1958[1]
Bridgeport, Connecticut[1]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Barbara
Children Jacqueline, Christopher, and Nicholas
Residence Norwalk, Connecticut
Alma mater University of Connecticut[1]
Western New England College School of Law[1]
Religion Catholic[1]

Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. (born January 8, 1958 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is an eleven term Republican member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing parts of Norwalk and New Canaan in the 142nd District since 1992.[2] He has served as House Minority Leader since 2007.[1]

Early life and family[edit]

Cafero was raised from an early age in Norwalk, and attended Norwalk schools. Cafero graduated from Norwalk High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Connecticut. He went on to earned his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law. He lives in Norwalk, with his wife Barbara, where they raised their three children.[3] He was an attorney and Associate of Patricia Kane Legal Group in 1983.[1] He opened his own law office in 1983, and continued until 1985.[1] He entered into a partnership Reid and Cafero in 1983 and continued until 1998.[1] He has been a partner at Brown, Rudnick, Berlack, Israels, Limited Liability Partnership from 1998 up to the present.[1]

Political career[edit]

Cafero first became a member of the Norwalk Republican Town Committee in 1987, and continues to be today.[1] He was a member of the Norwalk Board of Education for six years from 1987 to 1993, and served as its chairman in 1988, 1991, and 1992.[1] He also served as Expulsion Hearing Officer for the Norwalk school system.[1] He left his position with the Board of Education when he was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1992.[1] He was elected Deputy House Minority Leader in 1996, and served in that capacity until 2007.[1] In 2007, he was elected House Minority Leader, and currently still holds that title.[1] He has been the chairman of the Connecticut House Republican Caucus since 2007.[1]

Multiple federal corruption investigations have touched on Cafero in recent years.[4] In a 2013 political corruption trial the U.S. Attorney introduced an undercover film of Cafero asking a legislative staffer to “clock out” and “take a walk” with an FBI informant looking to transfer illegal cash donation to Republican Political Action Committees after discussing the role Cafero could play in killing legislation opposed by the informant.[5] In February 2014 the FBI raided Cafero’s leadership office and his Chief of Staff resigned [6]


  • Member, Exchange Club, 1990–present[1]
  • Member, Saint Anne's Club, 1992–present[1]
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Side By Side Community Charter School, 1997–present[1]
  • Member, Dean's Advisory Board, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut, 2001–present[1]
  • Member, American Bar Association[1]
  • Member, Communities in Schools, Incorporated[1]
  • Member, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association[1]
  • Member, District E Committee[1]
  • Member, Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce[1]
  • Member, Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree[1]
  • Member, Stamford-Norwalk Bar Association[1]
  • Expulsion Officer, Norwalk Public Schools[1]
  • Scripture Reader, Saint Matthew Church, Norwalk[1]
Preceded by
Margaret Gill
Connecticut House of Representatives
142nd Assembly District

Succeeded by

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