House Republican Leader State Rep. Themis Klarides Running for the 114th House District Representing Derby, Orange and Woodbridge
State Rep. Themis Klarides is completing her first term as Leader of the House Republican caucus, the first female to hold the GOP position. She was first elected in 1998 and is now in her 18th year in the House.
As Leader and along with her colleagues in the Republican Senate, Klarides has offered alternatives to the Democratic budget plans that have resulted in continuing deficits that she says have stifled economic development in Connecticut and forced some businesses and taxpayers to relocate to other states.
The cornerstones of those alternative budget proposals have been no tax increases and leaner more efficient approaches to governing. This past spring the Republicans proposed a Five Year plan to stabilize the state’s bureaucracy and lead to surpluses. The Pathway to Sustainability is based on smaller state workforces and necessary concessions to create stability and predictability for private sector business to enhance economic growth and therefore revenues without rasing taxes.
This year Klarides has received the support of numerous civic and professional organizations including Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Connecticut State Police and the Connecticut Education Association, the state’s largest teachers group.
She has served on numerous boards and organizations including the Greater Valley Boys & Girls Club, as a member of the Board of Directors for Derby Hospital and the Walter Camp Foundation.
A native of Seymour, Klarides was raised around a family supermarket business that taught her the value of hard work and the rewards of community involvement. Her commitment to these values is exemplified through her years of community service with various municipal, state and regional groups. She is a former member of the Planning and Zoning Commission in Derby, and a former member of the Board of Finance in Seymour.
Klarides is a graduate of Trinity College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and later graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law. She is a practicing lawyer in the State of Connecticut and in the United States District Court for Connecticut. She is of Counsel to Bridgeport-based Cohen and Wolf in the firm’s Orange office.