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July 9, 2015 —Senator Coleman celebrates the governor’s signature on a comprehensive package of criminal justice reforms, including the Second Chance Society initiative which aims to reshape sentencing protocols for nonviolent drug offenders.
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State Senator Eric D. Coleman began serving the Second Senatorial District in January, 1995. The district includes portions of Bloomfield, Hartford and Windsor. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served in the State House of Representatives from 1983 to 1994. While a member of the House of Representatives, Senator Coleman served two terms as Assistant Majority Leader. In 1991, he served a term as Majority Whip, and was Deputy Speaker of the House in 1993.
Senator Coleman currently serves as Senate Chair of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee and Vice Chair of the Public Safety & Security Committee. He is a sitting member of the Finance, Revenue & Bonding; Legislative Management; and Program Review & Investigations Committees. He also acts as Deputy President Pro Tempore, often presiding over business on the floor of the Senate.
Senator Coleman made history in 2001 when he was first appointed to serve as Chair of the Judiciary Committee—the first African-American to hold that position. The George W. Crawford Law Association, an organization of African-American lawyers in Connecticut, and a number of civil rights organizations honored him for his contributions to the legal profession.
Senator Coleman has received numerous awards and honors since he was first elected to the Senate in 1994. In 2001 the African-American Affairs Commission named Coleman “Legislator of the Year.” The Legislative Education Action Program (L.E.A.P) honored him in 2000 for his work on the law requiring all cities and towns in Connecticut to observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Senator Coleman has also been honored by the Connecticut Citizen Action Group for his commitment to social change, the Urban League of Greater Hartford Development Corporation, the Appreciation Award for support of the annual Dr. Carter G. Woodson Scholarship of Tau Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Greater Hartford NAACP, the Uptown Troops Color Guard, the United Negro College Fund, the Unsung Hero Award of the Upper Albany Revitalization Zone Organization, the Greater Hartford Labor Council AFL-CIO, the Connecticut Alliance for Basic Human Needs, the Nigerian American Society, the Clarence Daniels Advocacy Award of the Connecticut AIDS Residence Coalition, and the Achievement Award of the Connecticut Chapter of Men and Women for Justice, Inc.
Senator Coleman serves on the Board of Directors of Greater Hartford Legal Aid and is a member of the American Bar Association as well as the Hartford County Bar Association. He is a member of Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, and also served on the Bloomfield Democratic Town Committee from 1984 to 2002.
Senator Coleman graduated from the Pomfret School and Columbia College of Columbia University. He received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1977 and established his own law practice in Hartford in 1986.
Senator Coleman resides in Bloomfield with his wife, Pamela. They have three children: Trevonn, Lamar and Erica, and three grandchildren: Jalen, Isaiah and Elias.
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March 26, 2014 —Senator Coleman supports increasing Connecticut’s minimum wage as a way to help provide working families with the necessities they need to survive.