Andy Fleischmann

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Andy Fleischmann
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 18th district
In office
January 1995 – January 9, 2019
Preceded byMiles S. Rapoport
Succeeded byJillian Gilchrest
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Caroline Shaffery
ResidenceWest Hartford, Connecticut
Alma materPrinceton University (A.B.)
Stanford University (M.A.)
OccupationPresident & CEO, Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters

Andrew Fleischmann was a Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, who represented the 18th Assembly District, which consists of portions of West Hartford, Connecticut, United States.

A graduate of Hall High School in West Hartford, Fleischmann attended Princeton University, graduating from its Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs cum laude, with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He received a master's degree in history from Stanford University, with a concentration on modern U.S. public policy.[1]

Representative Miles S. Rapoport launched a successful bid for Connecticut Secretary of State in 1994. Fleischmann defeated five primary election opponents to become the Democratic candidate to succeed Rapoport in the 18th Assembly District and won the general election that November. He was re-elected in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

In 2010, House Majority Leader Denise Merrill launched a successful bid for Connecticut Secretary of State. Flesichmann narrowly lost a bid to Brendan Sharkey to succeed Merrill as House Majority Leader in the 2011 legislative session.[2]

Fleischmann was Chairman of the House Education Committee and of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Elementary and Secondary Education. He had given particular attention to strengthening state funding for public schools, increasing academic rigor for students and educators alike, and protecting children from harmful pesticides. When he served on the Government Administration and Elections Committee, he was a leading proponent of campaign finance reform - a set of statutory changes that set up Connecticut's Citizens' Election Program - allowing candidates to collect only small contributions ($5-$100) from individuals, and then receive a public grant for their campaign. He had opposed subsequent efforts to undermine this system since its creation in 2005.

Fleischmann, a 12-term incumbent,[3] ran for re-election in 2018 but was defeated in the Democratic primary by Jillian Gilchrest.[4]

Fleischmann serves as President and CEO of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Fleischmann and his wife live in West Hartford with their two daughters.


  1. ^ "ANDY FLEISCHMANN". Connecticut House Democrats. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  2. ^ Mark Pazniokas (November 15, 2010). "Sharkey takes over, facing expectations and challenges". Connecticut Mirror.
  3. ^ "Jillian Gilchrest Wins Democratic Primary Over 12-Term Incumbent Andy Fleischmann". We-Ha | West Hartford News. 2018-08-15. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  4. ^ Porter, Mikaela. "Democrat Jillian Gilchrest Claims Victory In 18th House District - Hartford Courant". Retrieved 2019-01-25.

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