State Rep. John Shaban has proudly served the 135th General Assembly District communities of Easton, Redding and Weston since November 2010. He is a member of the legislature’s Environment Committee, Judiciary Committee and Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee.
During his first term Shaban tackled a variety of issues, with his efforts focused primarily on providing municipalities more control over their own affairs — whether it be control over the placement of cellular towers or how towns manage their schools.
In 2011 Shaban joined with other Republicans to create the “no tax increase” budget as an alternative to the Democrats’ current budget and its historic $1.8 billion tax increase. He has been active in the fight against wasteful government spending, tax increases and initiatives that inhibit job growth. In this connection, Shaban hosted a variety of in-district forums on the state budget where he welcomed an open dialogue with constituents about the Governor’s budget. He also hosted an employer roundtable discussion with private sector business leaders to discuss job creation.
Shaban also served his constituents in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene and the historic late October snowstorm—first helping his towns manage their response, and then pushing for greater accountability and transparency for utility companies and crisis management leaders. He also gained notoriety for his efforts to reinstitute required financial oversight of continuing care retirement communities.
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 Connecticut and New York, and was recently admitted to the United States Supreme Court.
Shaban has been honored multiple times for his pro bono service and has served as a fact finder/arbitrator for the Connecticut Judicial Branch as a FINRA arbitrator.
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 Vice 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.