Melissa Osborne

State Representative, House District 16 (Simsbury)

Why do I serve?  I serve because democracy isn't a spectator sport. I want an effective, fiscally responsible government that reflects our values -- protecting our most vulnerable, investing in education, health and the environment -- and working innovatively to foster economic growth and opportunity. I serve to do all I can to keep the future bright for Simsbury and Connecticut.  

Past or present Boards/Commissions/Volunteer work:  Former Charter Revision Commissioner, Former member of  Clean Energy Task Force, Former alternate Zoning Commissioner, past Vice Chair of the Child Welfare and Juvenile Law Committee and past member of the legislative subcommittee of the Family Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.

Employment History: Rep. Osborne has been a practicing attorney for 26 years, working for major international law firms before opening her own practice in Avon.

Education:  New York Law School, JD; Hunter College, B.S., Political Science; Emma Willard School

Why I love Simsbury:  The Simsbury that we know and love is a reflection of the countless hours of dedicated service volunteered by generations of Simsbury residents.  I love how involved this town is in making our home such a wonderful place to live, from the hiking, biking and river recreational opportunities, to the robust performing arts community, and environmental, historic and open space preservation.  Simsbury is a special place because of the special dedication of the people who live here.

Fun Fact: I'm a direct descendant of the first woman to step off the Mayflower, Mary Chilton.