Rep. Kennelly (D-CT)

 

In Congress from 1982 until 1999, Barbara Bailey Kennelly’s legislative efforts focused on tax reform, child support, housing credits and welfare reform. She helped pass the Child Support Enforcement Amendment in 1994, and the Welfare Reform Bill two years later. Both pieces of legislation strengthened laws against parents who failed to pay child support. During her tenure Kennelly worked to preserve childcare federal tax education and to expand the standard deduction for single parents.

During her nine terms as the representative for Connecticut’s First District she served on various committees, subcommittees and caucuses. She was a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which set the party’s legislative agenda. Kennelly served on the subcommittees on Human Resources and Select Revenue Measures, and was a member of the Women’s Caucus. In 1995 Kennelly became Vice-Chair of the Democratic Caucus, which made her the highest-ranking woman in party leadership.

Former congresswoman Barbara Kennelly has served on the Hartford Court of Common Council, as the Connecticut Secretary of State, and in the United States House of Representatives.

Following her time in Congress, Kennelly was appointed by President Bill Clinton as Associate Commissioner and Counselor to the Commissioner at the Social Security Administration. She alsoAfter serving the Clinton administration Kennelly worked for the law firm of Baker & Hostetler and as thewas appointed CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, a multi-million dollar national advocacy group for seniors.

Iin 2006, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appointed her to the Social Security Advisory Board. Until recently Kennelly was a distinguished professor of political science at Trinity University. She is also a member of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and is the acting president of the United States Association of Former Members of Congress.

Following her time in Congress, Kennelly was appointed by President Bill Clinton as Associate Commissioner and Counselor to the Commissioner at the Social Security Administration, overseeing the office of retirement policy.  She also worked for the law firm of Baker & Hostetler and as the CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, a multi-million dollar national advocacy group for seniors.

She served on the Policy Committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, and in 2006 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appointed her to the Social Security Advisory Board. Kennelly now works as a distinguished professor of political science at her alma mater, Trinity University. She is also a member of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and is the acting president of the United States Association of Former Members of Congress.

Kennelly has defended Social Security and Medicare throughout her timewhile in Congress and afterwards, serving as the CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.. She has been very public in her belief that “privatizing Social Security is to dismantle the foundation of retirees' income security.”

With Regard to the societal and fiscal changes (i.e. the retirement of the Baby Boomers,) that threaten the soundness of the system, Kennelly has advised policy- makers in to makeing major provisions. These includeing scheduled increases in the payroll tax, an increase in retirement age over a 45- year period of time, and an increased tax on benefitsincreased tax rates for higher-income retirees.

Barbara Baile Kennelly was born in Hartford, Connecticut. She attended Trinity University in Washington, D.C. where she earned her bachelors degree in Economics.

Over the course of her political career, former congresswoman Barbara Kennelly served on the Hartford Court of Common Council, as the Connecticut Secretary of State, and in the United States House of Representatives.

 

 
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