|24th Attorney General of Connecticut|
January 5, 2011 – January 9, 2019
|Preceded by||Richard Blumenthal|
|Succeeded by||William Tong|
|Chair of the Connecticut Democratic Party|
|Preceded by||John Olsen|
|Succeeded by||Nancy DiNardo|
|Majority Leader of the Connecticut State Senate|
|Preceded by||James T. Fleming|
|Succeeded by||Martin Looney|
|Member of the Connecticut State Senate|
from the 27th district
January 1991 – January 2003
|Preceded by||Richard Blumenthal|
|Succeeded by||Andrew McDonald|
|Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives|
from the 148th district
January 1987 – January 1991
|Preceded by||Richard Cunningham|
|Succeeded by||Anne McDonald|
|Born||November 23, 1954|
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, U.S.
|Education||Dartmouth College (BA)|
Harvard University (MPP, JD)
George Christian Jepsen (born November 23, 1954) is an American lawyer and politician who served as the 24th Attorney General of Connecticut from 2011 to 2019.
Jepsen was a State Senator from Connecticut's 27th Senate District, representing Stamford and part of Darien, and served in the Connecticut Senate from 1991 to 2003. During his time in the Senate, he served as Senate Majority Leader from 1997 to 2003. Prior to that, he served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1987 to 1991, representing part of Stamford in Connecticut's 148th House District. After leaving the State Senate, he became Chairman of the Connecticut State Democratic Party from 2003 to 2005.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College, Jepsen earned his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School with honors and also earned a master's degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government. To help pay for his education, he worked as a teaching fellow in constitutional law for former Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox.
Following graduation, Jepsen worked as staff counsel for the carpenter's union (UBC Local 210) for Western Connecticut. For nearly ten years, Jepsen negotiated contracts for wages and benefits, represented injured workers, ensured job safety, and advocated for different bidding practices.
In private practice, Jepsen worked at some of Connecticut's top law firms. His legal experience included work with the probate court, estate planning, representing small business in contract negotiations, government compliance, and real estate transactions. He also defended individuals in the criminal courts and served as counsel to clients in the civil courts. Jepsen successfully worked on complex legal issues as part of a successful appellate team in a number of cases before the Connecticut Supreme Court.
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Connecticut General Assembly (1987–2003)
Jepsen served 16 years in the Connecticut General Assembly, first as State Representative from the 148th House District, and then as a State Senator from Connecticut's 27th Senate District, the last six as Majority Leader. As a legislator, Jepsen worked in a variety of areas including; clean energy, gun safety, & civil rights. Jepsen assisted in the development of laws that reformed HMO and insurance practices. As Senate Majority Leader, Jepsen worked to develop bills that protect Connecticut's natural assets.
Jepsen co-authored the Open Space Trust Fund, an initiative that sets aside $10 million in funding for the purchase of open space.
Jepsen worked to pass legislation to revitalize blighted areas in brownfields, including efforts to expand state financial assistance to re-developers. This was incentivized by tax credits to businesses that invested in redevelopment of contaminated properties in the state.
Jepsen helped the passage of legislation to replace Connecticut's “Sooty Six” power plants with cleaner plants that have lower emissions. These six old coal-burning plants were contributing to Connecticut's unique air pollution problem and rise in asthma rates. This initiative also involved new funding to upgrade sewage treatment plants for cleaner rivers.
As Senate Majority Leader, Jepsen became a national leader against the National Rifle Association. He helped pass landmark legislation prohibiting the sale or possession of assault weapons, mandating trigger locks, and necessitating tougher background checks. This work was nationally recognized by the Brady Campaign and the Million Mom March.
As Senate Majority Leader, Jepsen worked to ban sexual orientation discrimination, to strengthen hate crime laws, and to expand Connecticut's living will laws.
Jepsen supported health insurance reform to improve covered services for mental illness and emergency room conditions. He helped mandate that health insurers cover the costs of mammograms and birth control, and helped pass legislation to outlaw “drive-through” mastectomies and childbirth deliveries, so insurers cover at least a 48-hour hospital stay.
Connecticut Attorney General election, 2010
Jepsen announced on January 6, 2010, that he would form an exploratory committee for Attorney General, receiving the Democratic Party's endorsement on May 22.
On July 12 Jepsen announced he had qualified for public financing in the Citizens Election Program.
On November 2, 2010, he was elected as Attorney General of Connecticut
Connecticut Attorney General election, 2014
Jepsen was reelected in 2014, defeating Republican opponent Kie Westby.
|Connecticut House of Representatives 148th District Election, 1986|
|Connecticut House of Representatives 148th District Election, 1988|
|Democratic||George Jepsen (inc.)||4,263||55.28|
|Connecticut State Senate 27th District Election, 1990|
|Connecticut State Senate 27th District Election, 1992|
|Democratic*||George Jepsen (inc.)||18,692||54.12|
*Jepsen was also listed on the A Connecticut Party line.
|Connecticut State Senate 27th District Election, 1994|
|Democratic||George Jepsen (inc.)||11,545||60.82|
|Connecticut State Senate 27th District Election, 1996|
|Democratic||George Jepsen (inc.)||19,212||63.97|
|Connecticut State Senate 27th District Election, 1998|
|Democratic||George Jepsen (inc.)||13,071||66.76|
|Connecticut State Senate 27th District, 2000|
|Democratic||George Jepsen (inc.)||19,732||66.69|
|Connecticut Attorney General Election, 2010|
*Jepsen was also listed on the Working Families Party line; Fournier was also listed on the Independent Party line.
|Connecticut Attorney General Election, 2014|
|Democratic*||George Jepsen (inc.)||590,225||56.73|
*Jepsen was also listed on the Working Families Party line; Westby was also listed on the Independent Party line.
- ^ Diana Sousa to Wed George C. Jepsen in May, December 17, 1989, The New York Times
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa "George Jepsen Biography Page". ct.gov/AG. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
- ^ Stowe, Stacey (2003-03-02). "Parties Get New Leaders". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-02-21.
- ^ "Post-Election Ups and Downs".
- ^ Stowe, Stacey (13 February 2005). "There is No Hiding from Nancy DiNardo". The New York Times.
- ^ "Local Dems meet AG candidate". The New Britain Herald News. June 5, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
- ^ Bailey, Melissa (January 6, 2010). "Jepsen's Running For AG". New Haven Independent. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
- ^ "Jepsen wins AG nomination | The Connecticut Mirror". Ctmirror.org. May 22, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
- ^ Phaneuf, Keith (July 12, 2010). "Jepsen qualifies for public financing in AG's race". CT Mirror. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
- ^ "Jepsen Declares Victory in Attorney General Race". courant.com. November 2, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
- ^ Mahony, Edmund H. (November 4, 2014). "Jepsen Wins Again In Attorney General Race". Hartford Courant.
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- Harvard Kennedy School alumni
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