An Experienced Legislator and Business Executive with a Lifetime of Public Service to Connecticut
Toni Boucher brings to public service a unique combination of experience in both the private sector and state and local government. She understands what businesses need to grow and create jobs and how to work with both sides of the political aisle in government to get results for the people she represents.
Boucher is a Chief Deputy Minority Leader in the Connecticut State Senate, where since 2009 she has represented the seven towns of the 26th district: Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. Previously, she represented the 143rd district (Wilton, Norwalk) in the state House of Representatives for 12 years, and before that, she served for 10 years in Wilton's town government -- on the Board of Selectmen and, as Chair, on the Board of Education. She was also a member of the State Board of Education.
Boucher has worked in the private sector for more than 20 years, both before and throughout her legislative career. She held executive positions with two Fortune 50 firms, founded a small business, and has served for the past 13 years as a director of a nonprofit financial firm. She holds an MBA from UConn, as well as Series 7 and 63 securities licenses.
As a legislator, Boucher, who has served on both the Finance and Appropriations Committees, is a staunch advocate for responsible management of Connecticut’s finances. She has consistently fought to lower and eliminate taxes and fees for people and businesses, reduce the size and cost of government, pay down debt, and create a more pro-business environment that will foster job growth. She has been a vocal opponent of the current administration’s budgetary policies, which have imposed the largest tax hike in the state’s history and increased spending to unprecedented levels, making Connecticut the only state whose economy actually shrank in 2012.
As Ranking Member of the Transportation Committee, Boucher has been one of the legislature’s strongest advocates for mass transit and for upgrading the state’s transportation infrastructure. She has led successful initiatives to improve all aspects of commuter rail service, reduce traffic congestion, and increase access for bicycles and pedestrians.
Throughout her career in public service – first in Wilton town government, then as a member of the State Board of Education, and during her 17 years in the legislature, where she is Ranking Member of the Education and Higher Education Committees -- Boucher has been an outspoken advocate for education at all levels. Among her accomplishments in this area, she has successfully introduced and supported legislation that promoted early reading success, created preschool education programs for disadvantaged children, established 529 college trust fund accounts, restructured the Hartford school system, reformed bilingual education, and introduced rigorous accountability standards for both public schools and the state’s higher education system.
Boucher was born in Italy and immigrated at the age of five with her family to Naugatuck, CT, where she completed all of her elementary and secondary education in the public school system and learned the value of hard work. She is a champion for legal immigrants who are seeking opportunities to work hard for the benefits of a good education for their children and for a better quality of life for their families. She is proud of the work ethic that has allowed her to succeed in both business and government while raising a family and contributing to her state and community. Since 1983, she has lived in Wilton with her husband of more than 40 years. They have three children, all of whom attended the Wilton public schools, and five grandchildren.
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Toni Boucher has received the following awards and honors:
• CT Southwest Area Commerce and Industry Association - Community Leader Award
• Fairfield County Homebuilders Association – “Woman of the Year”
• Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) - Tip Of The Cap Award
• Council of Italian-American Organizations -- Ambassador Award
• Connecticut League of Conservation Voters -- Environmental Champion
• Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance – “Children’s Champion”
• Delegate to 2005 White House Conference on Aging
• Drug Free America and Parent Coalition for Drug Free Youth – “Legislator of the Year”
• Association of Arts Administrators -- Outstanding Contributions in Arts Advocacy Award
• Connecticut Arts Educators Association -- Connecticut Arts Advocate Award
• CMEA -- Music Education Advocate Award
• Connecticut Legal Immigrant and Refuge Coalition -- “Outstanding Legal Immigrant”
• Fairfield County Medical Association -- “Legislator of the Year Award”