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This article is written like an advertisement. Please help rewrite this article from a neutral point of view. For blatant advertising that would require a fundamental rewrite to become encyclopedic, use {{db-spam}} to mark for speedy deletion. (January 2011) George Jepsen 24th Attorney General of Connecticut Incumbent Assumed office  January 5, 2011 Preceded by Richard Blumenthal Majority Leader of the Connecticut Senate In office 1997–2003 Member of the Connecticut Senate from the 27th District In office 1991–2003 Preceded by Richard Blumenthal Succeeded by Andrew J. McDonald Constituency Stamford, Darien (part) Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from the 148th District In office 1987–1991 Constituency Stamford (part) Personal details Born November 23, 1954 (1954-11-23) (age 56) Political party Democratic Spouse(s) Diana Sousa Children Christian Jepsen, William Jepsen Alma mater Dartmouth College (B.A.) Harvard Kennedy School (M.P.P.) Harvard Law School (J.D.) Profession Lawyer Website Attorney General website George Jepsen (born November 23, 1954) is an American lawyer, politician, and incumbent Attorney General of Connecticut. George Jepsen was a State Senator from Connecticut's 27th Senate District, representing Stamford and part of Darien, and served in the Connecticut Senate from 1991 to 2003.[1] During his time in the Senate, he served as Senate Majority Leader from 1997 to 2003.[1] Prior to that, he served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1987 to 1991, representing part of Stamford in Connecticut's 148th House District.[1] After leaving elected office, he became Chairman of the Connecticut State Democratic Party from 2003 to 2004. Contents 1 Biography 2 Professional career 3 Political career 3.1 Connecticut General Assembly: 1987-2003 3.2 Connecticut Attorney General Election, 2010 4 References 5 External links Biography A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College, Jepsen earned his law degree from Harvard Law School with honors and also earned a masters degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government.[1] To help pay for his education, he worked as a teaching fellow in constitutional law for former Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox.[1] Professional career Following graduation, Jepsen worked as staff counsel for the carpenter's union (UBC Local 210) for Western Connecticut.[1][2] For nearly ten years, Jepsen fought for working men and women, negotiating contracts for fair wages and benefits, representing injured workers, ensuring job safety, and pushing for fair bidding practices and contract awards.[1] Since entering private practice, Jepsen has worked at some of Connecticut's top law firms, helping people with a range of legal issues.[1] He has experience with probate court and estate planning.[1] He has represented small business in contract negotiations, government compliance, and real estate transactions.[1] He also defended individuals in the criminal courts and served as counsel to clients in the civil courts.[1] Jepsen also has successfully worked on complex legal issues as part of a successful appellate team in a number of cases before the Connecticut Supreme Court.[1] Political career Connecticut General Assembly: 1987-2003 George Jepsen served 16 years in the Connecticut General Assembly, first as State Representative from the 148th House District, and then as a State Senator from Connecticut's 27th Senate District, the last six as Majority Leader.[1] As a legislator, Jepsen worked hard to pass laws to protect the environment, civil rights, and legitimate businesses.[1] He crafted laws that preserve open space, clean water, clean air, and clean energy.[1] Jepsen fought special interests to ensure gun safety, by ensuring passage of the assault weapons ban.[1] He crafted laws that protect personal privacy and individual freedom, civil rights laws protecting the right to choose, the right to create a living will, and supported the right to marry regardless of gender.[1] He helped enact laws that reformed HMO and insurance practices, including requiring insurance companies to permit new mothers to stay in a hospital for more than 24 hours.[1] He successfully fought for laws to ensure fair elections and ethical government.[1] As Senate Majority Leader, Jepsen fought for a host of bills to protect Connecticut's natural assets.[1] He co-authored the Open Space Trust Fund, an initiative that sets aside $10 million in funding for the purchase of open space and he championed legislation that encourages corporations to turn unused land into open space.[1] Jepsen successfully worked to pass legislation to clean up brown fields to revitalize blighted areas, including efforts to provide municipalities property tax flexibility on brown field sites, and expand state financial assistance to re-developers.[1] He championed tax credits to businesses that invested in redevelopment of contaminated properties anywhere in the state.[1] Jepsen helped the passage of major legislation to replace Connecticut's "Sooty Six" power plants with cleaner plants that have lower emissions.[1] "Sooty Six" was one of Connecticut's largest environmental debates. These six old coal-burning plants were contributing to Connecticut's unique air pollution problem and rise in asthma rates.[1] He also sought new funding to upgrade sewage treatment plants for cleaner rivers and a cleaner Long Island Sound.[1] As Senate Majority Leader, Jepsen championed several new laws that leveled the playing field and took on entrenched interest groups.[1] During the height of the National Rifle Association's political power, Jepsen became a national leader against the NRA and for gun control.[1] He passed landmark legislation prohibiting the sale or possession of assault weapons, mandating trigger locks, and demanding tougher background checks.[1] For his work, he was nationally recognized by the Brady Campaign and the Million Mom March.[1] Jepsen led the effort that put the rights that women earned through Roe v. Wade into state law.[1] Both the National Organization for Women (NOW) and NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut (formerly the National Abortion Rights Action League) recognized him for his work.[citation needed] He further fought to ban sexual orientation discrimination, to strengthen hate crime laws, and to expand Connecticut's living will laws.[1] He supported health insurance reform to improve covered services for mental illness and emergency room conditions.[1] He helped mandate that health insurers cover the costs of mammograms and birth control, and championed legislation to outlaw "drive-thru" mastectomies and child-birth deliveries, so insurers cover at least a 48-hour hospital stay.[1] Connecticut Attorney General Election, 2010 Main article: Connecticut attorney general election, 2010 George Jepsen announced on January 6, 2010 that he would form an exploratory committee for Attorney General.[3] On May 22, 2010 George Jepsen received the Democratic Party's endorsement for Attorney General.[4] On July 12, 2010 George Jepsen announced he had qualified for public financing in the Citizens Election Program.[5] On November 2, 2010, George Jepsen was elected as Attorney General of Connecticut[6] References ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah "George Jepsen - Experience We Need. Values We Share". Georgejepsen2010.com. http://www.georgejepsen2010.com/about.html. Retrieved June 15, 2010.  ^ "Local Dems meet AG candidate - The New Britain Herald News : New Britain, Conn., and surrounding areas". newbritainherald.com. June 5, 2010. http://www.newbritainherald.com/articles/2010/06/05/news/doc4c0aefd294d92098130646.txt. Retrieved June 15, 2010.  ^ Bailey, Melissa (January 6, 2010). "Jepsen's Running For AG". New Haven Independent. http://newhavenindependent.org/archives/2010/01/jepsens_running.php. Retrieved June 15, 2010.  ^ "Jepsen wins AG nomination | The Connecticut Mirror". Ctmirror.org. May 22, 2010. http://www.ctmirror.org/story/6112/jepsen-wins-ag-nomination. Retrieved June 15, 2010.  ^ Phaneuf, Keith (July 12, 2010). "Jepsen qualifies for public financing in AG's race". CT Mirror. http://www.ctmirror.org/story/6741/jepsen-qualifies-public-financing-ags-race. Retrieved July 12, 2010.  ^ "Jepsen Declares Victory in Attorney General Race". courant.com. November 2, 2010. http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-underticket-election-results-2010-20101102,0,2477571.story. Retrieved November 4, 2010.  External links Official website of Attorney General George Jepsen Persondata Name Jepsen, George Alternative names Short description Date of birth November 23, 1954 Place of birth Date of death Place of death