Larry Cafero of Norwalk was again selected by his colleagues to be the House Republican Leader for a fourth term following the 2012 elections. He previously served as Deputy Leader for six terms. He has made fiscal responsibility, public safety, quality education and common sense hallmarks of the House Republican agenda.
Representative Cafero was instrumental in getting Republicans to embrace the Common Sense Commitment to Connecticut for running state government, a five-point plan to put Connecticut back on solid fiscal ground. The approach relies on reducing state spending and less borrowing, making government smaller and more responsive to its residents and achieving greater efficiencies throughout Connecticut’s bureaucracy.
The result was that the House Republican caucus picked up 15 new seats during the 2010 election cycle, the largest single increase for any caucus since the elimination of the party line voting lever in 1986.
As House Leader, Representative Cafero and his fellow Republicans were successful in pushing through a No Tax Increase Budget in his first term in 2007, while committing record investments in long-term state education upgrades.
The Do Something Budget Representative Cafero authored in the spring of 2008 would have eliminated the state’s deficit at that time without raising taxes and mitigated Connecticut’s ongoing fiscal problems.
The caucus has crafted alternative budgets each year under Representative Cafero’s leadership that included no tax increases while reducing the size of state government.
A lifelong resident of Norwalk, he was a member of the Board of Education for six years and left his post as Chairman when he was elected to the state House of Representatives from the 142nd House District in 1992.
Throughout his legislative career Representative Cafero has been instrumental in crafting legislation to support education. He has previously served as the Ranking Republican House member of the Education Committee and was a member of the Judicial, Appropriations and Labor committees.
Representative Cafero has authored legislation toughening the state’s drunk driving laws and stiffening the penalty against those who use “date rape” drugs to commit sexual assaults.
As the Expulsion Hearing Officer for the Norwalk school system, Representative Cafero sees firsthand the difficulties that our children and their families confront just getting through every day life. His approach has been to mix in compassion and understanding for each individual that comes before him, balanced by what is in the best interests of the entire school community.
In Norwalk Representative Cafero has spearheaded numerous fundraising drives for local non-profit organizations and charitable campaigns and also helped found the Side-by-Side Community Charter School.
Larry is a graduate of Norwalk High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and earned his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law. He is a partner with the law firm of Brown, Rudnick, in Hartford.
He lives in Norwalk with his wife Barbara where they have raised their three children, Jacqueline, Christopher, and Nicholas.