Bob Duff

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Bob Duff
Majority Leader of the Connecticut Senate
Assumed office
January 7, 2015
Preceded by Martin Looney
Member of the Connecticut Senate
from the 25th district
Assumed office
January 7, 2005
Preceded by Robert Genuario
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 137th district
In office
January 30, 2002 – January 7, 2005
Preceded by Alex Knopp
Succeeded by Chris Perone
Personal details
Born 1971 (age 46–47)
Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Tracey
Education Lynchburg College (BA)
Website Official website

Bob Duff (born 1971, Norwalk, Connecticut) is a five-term Democratic member of the Connecticut Senate, representing Norwalk and part of Darien, Connecticut in Connecticut's 25th District since 2001. He previously served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing the 137th District. He is currently Majority Leader of the Connecticut Senate, and serves as chair of the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee and vice chair of the Legislative Management Committee.

Early life and family[edit]

Duff is a fifth generation Norwalk resident. He was born and raised in Norwalk and graduated from Norwalk High School in 1989.[1] He attended Lynchburg College, and earned a B.S. in Political Science in 1993. He worked as a substitute teacher for the Norwalk Public Schools from 1993 to 1995. He has worked as a Realtor for William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty since 1995. While in college Duff was a student senator, and an intern for United States Senator Christopher J. Dodd.[2]

Political career[edit]

He was a field coordinator for the John B. Larson for Governor Campaign in 1994. He was a campaign manager in the Norwalk mayoral race in 1995.

In 2001, he ran in a special election for the seat in the Connecticut House of Representatives left vacant by Alex Knopp when he took office as mayor of Norwalk. He beat Republican Kevin Fitzgerald by 281 votes (1210 -929).[3][4] He was re-elected in the 2002 general election.[5] As a state Representative, Duff served as the House vice-chair of the Energy & Technology Committee, and as a member of the Banks, Higher Education & Advancement Committee and the Select Committee on Housing.[2]

In 2004, Duff sought the State Senate seat left open by Republican Robert Genuario who became Gov. M. Jodi Rell's budget chief.[6] He ran against Republican Jeff Konspore, chairman of the Norwalk school board.

As a state senator, and prior to becoming Majority Leader in 2015, Duff was Deputy Majority Whip (2005-2006), Majority Whip (2007-08), Assistant Majority Leader, (2009–12), and Assistant President Pro Tempore, (2013–2014)

Associations[edit]

  • Member, Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 2007–present
  • Board Member, Mid Fairfield County Child Guidance Center, 2005–present
  • Member, Advisory Board, Family and Children's Agency, 2004–present
  • Board Member, Elderhouse Adult Day Care Center, 2002–present
  • Board Member, Human Service Council, 2002–present
  • Board Member, Norwalk Tree Alliance, 2002–present
  • Member, Advisory Board, Norwalk Land Trust, 2001–present
  • Member, Mid Fairfield Board of Realtors, 1995–present
  • Board Member, Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, 2008
  • Member, Emerging Leaders' Conference, State Legislative Leaders Foundation, 2006
  • Member, Fleming Fellows Leadership Institute of the Center for Policy Alternatives, 2004
  • Member, Family and Children's Agency
  • Member, Norwalk United Methodist Church

Awards[edit]

  • Legislator of the Year, Young Men's Christian Association of Connecticut, 2003
  • Legislator of the Year Award, National Association of Social Workers, Connecticut Chapter, 2005
  • Rick Wallace Award of Merit Legislator of the Year Award, Connecticut Association of Not-for-profit Providers for the Aging.

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References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Alex Knopp
Connecticut House of Representatives
137th Assembly District

2001-2005
Succeeded by
Chris Perone
Preceded by
Robert Genuario
Connecticut Senate
25th Senate District

2005-present
Succeeded by
incumbent