Pedro Segarra

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Pedro Segarra
Pedro Segarra 2011.jpg
Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut
Assumed office
June 25, 2010
Preceded by Eddie Perez
Personal details
Born (1959-04-28) April 28, 1959 (age 56)
Maricao, Puerto Rico
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Charlie Ortiz
Alma mater Greater Hartford Community College
University of Hartford
University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut School of Law
Profession attorney, politician

Pedro E. Segarra (born April 28, 1959) is an American-Puerto Rican politician and mayor of Hartford, Connecticut. Segarra was appointed to the Hartford City Council through the efforts of then Mayor Eddie Perez. Prior to becoming mayor, Segarra was president of Hartford's City Council. He succeeded former Mayor Eddie Perez who resigned after he was convicted by a state Superior Court jury of bribery and extortion in a political corruption case, though Perez' convictions eventually were reversed by the Connecticut Appellate Court.[1][2] Segarra, who was sworn in as mayor on June 25, 2010, was once disciplined for harming one of his law clients, when he admitted failing to recognize she had a claim against the City of Hartford within the ninety day period she would have had a right to sue the city.[3] He is Hartford's second mayor of Puerto Rican ancestry and the first openly gay mayor of the city. He is also the second openly gay mayor of an American state capital city (David Cicilline of neighboring Providence, Rhode Island was the first).[4][5]

Early life and career[edit]

Segarra was born in the small rural town of Maricao, Puerto Rico. At age seven his family relocated to the Bronx, New York in search of better opportunities. At the age of fifteen, Segarra moved to Hartford seeking a better life than what he was experiencing in New York City. A resident of Hartford since 1975, Segarra is an alum of Greater Hartford Community College, where he was a founding member of the school's Latino Student Organization. He later earned a full scholarship to the University of Hartford where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

Segarra was admitted to the University of Connecticut's Graduate School of Social Work where he received a Master of Social Work. After graduation, he attended the University of Connecticut School of Law and graduated in 1985. He passed the Connecticut bar that same year. While in law school, Segarra was a founding member of the Latino Law Student Organization and became the organization’s first President. He is a member of Connecticut's state and federal bars (since 1986) and the Bar of the State of Florida (since 2000).

In 1991, Segarra was appointed Corporation Counsel for the City of Hartford, the youngest person ever selected for the position at that time. and appointed for the position for three consecutive terms. Segarra stepped down from that position after being accused of stealing funds from a client—his lover and partner of 23 years—at the end of their relationship, and following a real estate sale.[6] He is also a founding member of Hartford's branch of Hogar CREA, the Hispanic Health Council (HHC), and Connecticut Latino/as Achieving Rights & Opportunities (CLARO).[7]

Personal life[edit]

Prior to becoming mayor, Segarra was a managing partner of the Law Office of Segarra & López, however after taking office he announced to his clients that he would be closing down his private practice to focus on his mayoral duties.[8] As mentioned previously in this article, Segarra was disciplined by the Statewide Grievance Committee in 2012 for failure to file a timely notice on behalf of a legal client.[9] An active member of the community, Segarra resides in the West End of Hartford with his husband, Charlie Ortiz.[10][11]

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