Matthew Ritter

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Matt Ritter
Majority Leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded byJoe Aresimowicz
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 1st district
Assumed office
January 2011
Preceded byKenneth Green
Personal details
BornHartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Marilyn Katz
EducationColby College (BA)
University of Connecticut, Hartford (JD)
WebsiteState House website

Matthew D. Ritter is a lawyer and Democratic politician from Connecticut. He is currently the Majority Leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives.

Personal life[edit]

Ritter was born in Hartford, Connecticut. His father Thomas D. Ritter is a lawyer, lobbyist, and career politician who rose to be the Speaker of the House of the Connecticut House of Representatives, his mother Christine E. Keller is a Judge.[1] He attended Colby College from 2000-2004 and the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is married to Marilyn Katz and the couple resides in Hartford.

Business career[edit]

In 2007 Matthew Ritter took a job with Hartford law firm Shipman and Goodwin.[2] He is currently a Partner specializing in public finance, municipal law and election law.[3]

Political career[edit]

He spent three years on the Hartford City Council prior to his election to the State Assembly, while on the Council he chaired the Planning & Economic Development and Legislative Affairs committees.[4] In 2010, Ritter defeated incumbent Kenneth Green in the Democratic primary 1,153 votes to 1,151 votes. He won election to the heavily Democratic 1st assembly district in a three way race defeating Republican Kenneth Lerman and Connecticut for Lieberman candidate Emanuel L. Blake.[5] Ritter became the Majority Leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives on January 9, 2013. In 2017, he defeated Republican challenger Ken Lerman 92% to 8%.[6] Ritter is the Vice chair of the General Assembly's Legislative Management Committee.[7]


  1. ^ Pazniokas, Mark. "A more diverse judiciary, including a leader's brother-in-law". CT Mirror. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  2. ^ "People". Shipman Goodwin. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Matthew D. Ritter". Shipman & Goodwin LLC. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Biography". Connecticut Democratic Party. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  5. ^ Office of the Secretary of State Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Connecticut 1st District State House Results: Matthew Ritter Wins". New York Times. Retrieved 29 June 2018. |first1= missing |last1= (help)
  7. ^ "Legislative Management Committee, Connecticut General Assembly". ballotpedia. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
Connecticut House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joe Aresimowicz
Majority Leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives