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November 7, 2013 —Senator Maynard toured Orion Manufacturing in Mystic to see how the company used a grant from the Small Business Express program to expand their production capacity and hire new workers.
State Senator Andrew Maynard is serving his fourth term in the Connecticut General Assembly representing the 18th Senatorial District. First elected in November 2006, he is currently the Senate Chair of the legislature’s Transportation Committee, Vice Chair of the Environment Committee and sitting member of the Appropriations and Education Committees.
For years Senator Maynard has worked to grow Connecticut jobs and catalyze regional and local economies. In 2011 and 2012, he fought for the passage and expansion of a landmark Jobs Bill. The legislation offers incentives for businesses to hire post-9/11 combat veterans, rewards businesses that relocate overseas jobs back to Connecticut, and promotes Connecticut’s economic and cultural treasures. Additionally, 2012 legislation expanded upon the highly popular Small Business Express Program, which provides loans and grants to small business to spur job creation and business growth. The legislation opened up eligibility for the program to an additional 3600 Connecticut businesses.
Senator Maynard previously served as chair of the Select Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for four years, where he worked across party lines as a dedicated advocate for Connecticut’s military personnel, their families and veterans. He has passed legislation to permanently offer unemployment compensation benefits to military spouses forced to leave their jobs due to a military relocation, and has shepherded legislation to grant state tuition waivers to Connecticut’s public colleges and universities to the dependent children and surviving spouses of military personnel killed in active duty.
Committed to his district, Senator Maynard has secured state assistance for much-needed projects and initiatives across the region. He secured funding for the new Griswold Senior Center expansion to relieve overcrowding and serve the local senior population, and worked tirelessly to fund repairs to Fort Griswold in Groton, including the restoration of the monument’s granite obelisk.
As a member of the Environment Committee, Senator Maynard secured state funding to preserve the Long Island Sound Integrated Coastal Observing System—a comprehensive system that monitor’s the health of Long Island Sound and provides real-time data to recreational boaters, commercial shipping operations, local fishermen, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the United States Coast Guard. He has also secured $15 million to fund tourism and marketing efforts in southeastern Connecticut, and funding for the Art on Groton Bank project.
Senator Maynard has worked to address affordable housing and homelessness prevention, serving on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Southeastern Connecticut, being a founding member of the Southeastern Connecticut Housing Alliance, and working as Co-Chair of the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in Southeastern Connecticut. He also worked with the New London County Continuum of Care to secure a $250,000 grant for the state’s first ever regional coordinated rapid rehousing and homeless prevention effort.
No stranger to public service, Senator Maynard has been active in local government affairs for more than a decade. He served as Stonington’s Borough Warden for eight years, leading the town as its chief elected official. He previously served as vice chair of the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments and chaired the council’s Legislative Committee.
A graduate of Saint Bernard High School in Uncasville Connecticut, Senator Maynard received a degree in government from Connecticut College. He is a licensed real estate professional, and he currently lives in Stonington.
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May 13, 2013 — Senator Maynard, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and local air traffic controller Chet Moore highlight the need to protect operational funding for regional airports from federal budget cuts.
June 1, 2013 —Senator Maynard supports the development of the Next Generation project at the University of Connecticut.
May 29, 2013 —Senator Maynard calls for the passage of a measure to improve the safety of our roads by allowing the issuance of drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.