Toby Moffett

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Toby Moffett
Toby headshot.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by Ella T. Grasso
Succeeded by Nancy Johnson
Personal details
Born Anthony John Moffett, Jr.
(1944-08-18) August 18, 1944 (age 70)
Holyoke, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Syracuse University
Boston College

Anthony John "Toby" Moffett, Jr. (born August 18, 1944) is a former American politician from the state of Connecticut. A Democrat, Moffett served in the United States House of Representatives as the member from Connecticut's 6th congressional district from 1975 to 1983. Moffett is currently the chairman of The Moffett Group, a government relations and strategic consulting firm in Washington, DC.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Moffett was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He attended Suffield Elementary School in Suffield, Connecticut and graduated from Suffield High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University in 1966 and studied in Florence, Italy from 1963 to 1964. He received his Master of Arts from Boston College in 1968.

Political career[edit]

An avid Democrat and leading voice on environmental issues, Moffett first appeared on the national scene in the 1970s as an environmental activist and coalition-builder in his home state of Connecticut.

Moffett served as Director of the Office of Students and Youth in the Office of Education within the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1969 to 1970, but quit to protest the Vietnam War.

Aligned with consumer activist Ralph Nader, Moffett founded the Connecticut Citizen Action Group and parlayed this to a victory in 1974 for the seat vacated in the U.S. House of Representatives for Connecticut's 6th congressional district seat when Ella T. Grasso ran for Governor. Moffett held the northwestern Connecticut seat until 1982. He was regarded as a liberal and an opponent of the oil industry. He was also closely aligned with trade unions. Moffett served as chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources.

In 1982 Moffett challenged U.S. Senator Lowell Weicker. While 1982 was a strong year for Democrats nationwide, Weicker was considered a moderate/liberal Republican and defeated Moffett 52-46 percent. Moffett's protégé, liberal State Senator Bill Curry also lost the 6th district seat to Republican Nancy Johnson.

Moffett attempted a political comeback in 1986 seeking to gain the Democratic nomination over incumbent Governor William O'Neill. That effort failed. Moffett later was a broadcaster on WVIT Channel 30 in Hartford.

Moffett's final comeback effort was in 1990 when he moved to the town of Newtown to seek election to the open congressional seat in Connecticut's 5th congressional district, which was being vacated by John G. Rowland, who was running for governor. Moffett's opponent, Waterbury alderman Gary Franks claimed that Moffett was far too liberal to represent conservative 5th district voters, and Franks won the election.

In 2004 he broke with Ralph Nader regarding his independent candidacy for president. Moffett was among those who coordinated a national effort on behalf of the Democrats to deny votes and ballot access to the Nader campaign. He also recently criticized the independent campaign of Joe Lieberman.

Subsequent career[edit]

The Moffett Group

After serving in Congress, Moffett worked as a news anchor, producer and investigative journalist, and spent nearly a decade as a syndicated statewide columnist. In 1999, Moffett was nominated by President Clinton to be U.S. Ambassador to Argentina (although he had unanimous Senate backing, he ultimately did not become ambassador because the process had taken almost a year).

Moffett is now a Washington consultant, and Chairman of The Moffett Group, representing for-profit and nonprofit entities, including large renewable energy developers and several foreign governments. In 2007, he joined with former Louisiana Congressman Bob Livingston and well-known consultant Tony Podesta to form the PLM Group, which represented the government of Egypt for 4 years.

In 2014, Moffett joined the law firm of Mayer Brown as a consultant.[2]

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References[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ella T. Grasso
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 6th congressional district

1975–1983
Succeeded by
Nancy Johnson
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gloria Schaffer
Democratic Party nominee for United States Senator (class 1) from Connecticut
1982
Succeeded by
Joe Lieberman