Pat Boyd

Patrick S. Boyd (born January 28, 1981) is an educator and American politician who is a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, serving since 2017. He represents the Towns of Brooklyn, Eastford, Pomfret, Union and Woodstock composing the 50th district of the Connecticut General Assembly. Boyd currently is an Assistant Majority Leader and is the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.[1]

Pat Boyd
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 50th district
Assumed office
January 4, 2017
Preceded byMike Alberts
Personal details
Born (1981-01-28) January 28, 1981 (age 40)
Norwich, Connecticut, US
Political partyDemocratic
ResidencePomfret, Connecticut
ProfessionTeacher, school administrator
AwardsEagle Scout, Distinguished Service Award, Silver Beaver Award
WebsiteOfficial Website

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Norwich, Boyd is a Plainfield, Connecticut native, raised in Moosup where he attended local public schools and graduated from Plainfield High School in 1999. He earned a bachelor's degree in history & social science from Eastern Connecticut State University and later earned a master's degree from Sacred Heart University where he was admitted to the Pi Lambda Theta.[2] As a youth, Boyd earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was active in Scouting's National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow where he was recognized with the Vigil Honor and the Distinguished Service Award.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Boyd's career in education began at the Sterling Memorial School in Oneco. In 2003, he joined the faculty of the Rectory School in Pomfret, teaching history, English, leadership and outdoor education. In 2006, he was appointed to the faculty of the Pomfret School, an independent, coeducational, college preparatory boarding school in Pomfret, where he currently serves as an assistant dean and history/government teacher.[4] Boyd serves as the summer camp director of the Boy Scouts of America's June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation in Ashford.[5]

Public service careerEdit

He began his public service career serving on the Charter Revision Commission in Plainfield while a student at Eastern Connecticut State University. After moving to Pomfret he joined the Pomfret Volunteer Fire Department, later serving as the fire company president. He was elected by town meeting to the fire district board and appointed by the board of selectmen to serve as the deputy emergency management director for the town. In February 2016 he announced that he was seeking the Democratic nomination for an open house seat in the Connecticut General Assembly. He was elected on November 8, 2016, with 55% of the vote, and took office on January 4, 2017.[6] Boyd is a founding member of Unite America.

Electoral historyEdit

Connecticut House of Representatives: General Election 2016: 50th District
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Pat Boyd 6,386 55.3
Republican Nora Valentine 5,165 44.7
Total votes 11,551 100

[6]

Connecticut House of Representatives: General Election 2018: 50th District
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Pat Boyd 5,662 57
Republican AJ Kerouac 4,282 43
Total votes 9,944 100

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Legislative recordEdit

Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz appointed Boyd to serve on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, Public Safety and Security Committee and as the vice-chair of the Committee on Children for the 2017–2019 session.[2] Boyd is considered a member of the Centrist Wing of the House Democratic Caucus and campaigned openly as an Independent Democrat.[8] Early in the 2017 legislative session, Boyd was the only Democrat in the state house and senate to vote with the Republicans against a deal that Governor Dannel Malloy struck with state employee unions to refinance pension costs.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Boyd". Housedems.ct.gov. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Biography". Housedrums.ct.gov. 3 January 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  3. ^ BSA, Order of the Arrow. "Distinguished Service Award (Past Recipients 2000-2015)". Order of the Arrow, BSA. Archived from the original on 13 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Meet the Staff". June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation - Ashford, Connecticut. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Connecticut 50th District State House Results: Pat Boyd Wins". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  7. ^ "Town and statewide results for every race, as they roll in". 2018-11-07.
  8. ^ "Our View: Boyd would serve 50th with intelligence, independence". Norwichbulletin.com. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Brinksmanship at State Capitol over pension deal". The CT Mirror. February 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017.

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