Barbara B. Kennelly

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Barbara B. Kennelly
Vice Chair of the House Democratic Conference
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1999
Preceded by Victor H. Fazio
Succeeded by Bob Menendez
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 1st district
In office
January 12, 1982 – January 3, 1999
Preceded by William R. Cotter
Succeeded by John B. Larson
67th Secretary of the State of Connecticut
In office
January 5, 1979 – January 12, 1982
Governor Ella T. Grasso
William O'Neill
Preceded by Henry S. Cohn
Succeeded by Maura L. Melley
Personal details
Born (1936-07-10) July 10, 1936 (age 79)
Hartford, Connecticut
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) James J. Kennelly
Children 4
Alma mater Trinity Washington University
Trinity College

Barbara Bailey Kennelly (born July 10, 1936) is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Connecticut.

Family and Education[edit]

Kennelly was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the daughter of long-time Democratic Party leader John M. Bailey. She graduated from Trinity Washington University in 1958 and received a master's degree from Trinity College in 1971. She was married to the late James J. Kennelly, an attorney who served as a Connecticut State Representative and Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives. She has three daughters, one son, and twelve grandchildren.



In 1975, Kennelly was elected to the Hartford City Council, where she was a member until 1979. She served as the Secretary of the State of Connecticut from 1979 until 1982.

Kennelly was elected to Congress in a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William R. Cotter. She represented Connecticut's First Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from January 12, 1982 until January 3, 1999. She did not seek re-election in 1998, running instead for Governor of Connecticut against Republican incumbent John G. Rowland, to whom she lost.

Other activities[edit]

From 2002 to 2011 she served as President of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.[1]

The Barbara B. Kennelly Post Office Building in Hartford is named in her honor.

On July 1, 2009, she spoke to the Presidential Classroom Scholars Program on the US House floor.

Kennelly is also a member of the board of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, a non profit prominent in the assistance of elections in many countries.[2]



  1. ^ [1],"Moving On", 2011, accessed April 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "Board". IFES. 2009. Retrieved Oct 16, 2009. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William R. Cotter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
John B. Larson
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bill Curry
Democratic nominee for Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Bill Curry