State Rep. John Shaban has proudly served the 135th General Assembly District communities of Easton, Redding and Weston since being elected in 2010 and again in 2012. He is the Ranking Member (Republican Leader) of the legislature’s Environment Committee, and a member of the Judiciary Committee and the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.
Shaban is an active leader in the fight against wasteful government spending, tax increases and initiatives that inhibit job growth. Throughout his tenure, Shaban has joined with his Republican colleagues in preparing and proposing multiple balanced budget alternatives that reduce spending, and address our long term pension liabilities, all without increasing taxes.
Shaban has also been a vocal proponent of creating a stable and predictable tax and regulatory environment for all businesses so that employers large and small, along with their employees, can invest, grow and prosper. He has also supported tailored small business initiatives, such as the Small Business Express Program, to offer loans and tax incentives for businesses that hire and expand in our State.
As House Republican Leader of the Environment Committee, Shaban has championed critical legislation, including laws aimed at labeling food containing genetically modified organisms, critical reworks of our Brownfields laws to help expedite remediation, and proactive planning mechanisms to strengthen our shoreline. Moreover, he has served as a leader in the effort to combat the harmful spread of Lyme disease through deer management programs.
Shaban graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1988 and earned a Juris Doctorate (cum laude) at Pace University School of Law in 1993 with an ABA Environmental Law Certificate. When he is not at the Capitol, Shaban works as a partner at Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan in Greenwich as a commercial litigator, with an emphasis on construction disputes, intellectual property protection, securities litigation, corporate governance disputes, employment issues and environmental and energy law. He is admitted to practice in all Connecticut and New York State and federal courts, and the United States Supreme Court. Shaban has been honored multiple times for his pro bono service, and has served as a fact finder and arbitrator for the Connecticut Judicial Branch and FINRA.
Before being elected to the Connecticut General Assembly, Shaban served as the chairman of the Redding Water Pollution Control Commission, managing the construction and operation of a $12 million plant as part of the Georgetown Wire Mill Redevelopment, and as vice chairman of the Redding Zoning Commission. He is currently a member of the Redding Republican Town Committee.
Shaban is also the founder and president of Athletes in the Community, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on teaching children to transfer their athletic efforts toward improving their education and life skills.
A former semi-pro football player, Shaban is now a coach and President of the Aspetuck Wildcats Association (Easton, Weston, Redding) and guided his 2008 team to an AYF National Championship in the seventh grade division.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Shaban now resides in Redding with his wife of 20 years and their three sons.