MEET MATT

Fighting for Our Future

Matt Blumenthal is State Representative for the 147th District, serving Stamford.

 

House Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Matt also serves on the Transportation and Government Administration and Elections committees. In these roles, Matt has been a leader fighting for gun-violence prevention, increasing fairness and transparency in our justice system, strengthening our democracy, women’s and worker’s rights, and making Connecticut a place where businesses can thrive.

In 2019, he authored and helped lead passage of the state’s ban on ghost guns and 3D-printed guns, as well as helping spearhead the movement to pass laws ensuring safe storage of firearms. Matt has been at the forefront of the efforts to expand access to absentee and early voting in Connecticut. He has also been a fierce voice fighting on behalf of ratepayers to increase accountability and transparency for public utilities, as well as pushing for the sustainable, responsible budgeting that has led to a $3 billion rainy-day fund, multiple credit-rating increases, and the largest tax relief for middle-class and working families in state history.

As co-chair and co-founder of the Reproductive Rights Caucus, Matt has led the fight to protect women's, LGBTQ, and reproductive rights, including by authoring and leading passage of the Reproductive Freedom Defense Act (2022), a nation-leading law to protect Connecticut healthcare providers, residents, and those who come here for safe, legal abortion care. Commentators have called it "the gold standard for pro-choice legislation in the post-Roe era" and "a blueprint for every other state legislature" seeking to protect abortion rights and access. It has since been adopted by numerous other pro-choice states.

                     

A Stamford native, Matt is immersed in the local community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford and is a member of the Springdale post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (Post 9617). He is also member of the Defense Council of the Truman National Security Project.

Matt received his Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, graduating with high honors.

Before attending law school, Matt was an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, commanding a rifle platoon in Charlie Company, First Battalion, Twenty-Fifth Marines. He served roughly two and a half years on active duty and deployed to Marjah, Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

At Yale Law School, Matt represented veterans who had been wrongly deprived of respect and benefits because of unfair and unlawful discharges. His work helped pass a Connecticut law reducing veteran unemployment by giving veterans civilian credit for their military job skills. His team also fought for — and won — visas for an Afghan interpreter and his family threatened by the Taliban as a result of service with the U.S. military. Upon graduating law school, Matt served as a judicial law clerk for Hon. Diane P. Wood, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Matt is a trial attorney at the law firm of Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, P.C. He specializes in representing those who have been injured by negligence, misconduct, and deprivations of their civil rights. He has also served as a supervisor at the Peter Gruber Rule of Law Clinic at Yale Law School, which fought the Trump Administration’s excesses against the most vulnerable Americans, the environment, and the rule of law.

Matt is a homeowner in the city’s Glenbrook neighborhood.

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