News from Representative Larson

Dear Friends,

Throughout the last several weeks, I’ve spent time traveling the First District and meeting with constituents. Beginning with the Memorial Day recess, I marched in parades in Wethersfield, Newington, and West Hartford, spoke to business leaders, honored constituents and veterans, talked about recent legislation I introduced, and met with local merchants. 

Here is a quick recap of last few weeks:

  • Over the Memorial Day weekend I joined residents from Wethersfield, Newington, and West Hartford as I marched in honor of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
  • I joined honorees of this year’s First Congressional District Art competition for a reception. A special Congratulations to Kelly McKaig from Glastonbury High School, who’s piece “Baking Bonding and Brownies” will be displayed for 11 months at an exhibit at the U.S Capitol.
  • I spoke in front of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce during their member breakfast and talked about the recent House passage of the SECURE act which will help make it easier for Americans to save for retirement.
  • I stopped by Kingswood-Oxford School to present the Congressional Bronze Medal to James Amenta from Glastonbury.
  • I also held a press conference in celebration of what would have been President Kennedy’s 102nd birthday to announce my plans to introduce America’s Call to Improve Opportunities Now (ACTION) for National Service Act which will create service opportunities and reward those who serve with paid tuition or loan forgiveness.
  • I spoke with employees from The Travelers about the I-84/I-91 tunnel proposal and solutions to our regions major infrastructure challenges.
  • I sat down with Joanie Sutter and a panel audience from Nutmeg TV to talk about Social Security and my plan to enhance benefits for current retirees and future generations.
  • I was also honored to present the service medals of late Army Veteran Gary Samela’s wife Susan Samela in Bristol.
  • I spoke in front of the New England council about economic development, and progress we’ve made on legislation in Congress.
  • Shortly after, I participated in roundtable discussion with merchants from the Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA) to talk about issues effecting the small business community.
  • The next week, I was happy to visit East Granby and Portland to talk about my plan to strengthen and enhance Social Security.
  • On Gun Violence Awareness Day I joined Senator Blumenthal, Senator Murphy, Mayor Bronin, doctors and gun safety advocates at St. Francis Hospital to recognize National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
  • Lastly, I presented Vietnam War Veterans with lapel pins and Presidential certificates at the State Armory last Friday to honor their sacrifice in defense of our country, our freedom, and our way of life.


Please stay tuned to my Facebook and Twitter pages to keep up to date on what’s happening in Washington. Hope to see you around soon! 


John B. Larson
Member of Congress


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