State Representative Melissa Ziobron is a lifelong resident of the 34th District with an extensive record of community service. She serves as Assistant Minority Leader and continues her role as Ranking Member of the legislature’s influential, Appropriations Committee; which is responsible for assembling the spending portion of the state budget. Now in her third term, she was reappointed to the Environment Committee and holds a new role on the General Law Committee. She also serves on the Connecticut Legislative Sportsmen Caucus, the Connecticut Alcohol & Drug Policy Council, and as a representative to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. In 2017 she was named a State Park Champion by Connecticut League of Conservation Voters and Legislator of the Year by Connecticut Citizens Defense League. She previously served on the legislature’s Public Health and Children’s Committee.
Ziobron has notable district accomplishments in the five years she has represented East Hampton, East Haddam, and part of Colchester. She secured an additional $7 million necessary to complete the East Hampton High School renovation project, successfully lobbied to the US Coast Guard and CT DOT to change the opening schedule and provide a notification system for the East Haddam Swing Bridge, advocated for the expansion of the Airline Trail, secured installment of rumble strips on Rte.66, cleaned up and reopened river access at Sunrise State Park and camping access to Devil’s Hopyard State Park.
As one of the only legislators who refuses to spend taxpayer money on legislative updates, she uses multiple outlets to constantly update her constituents. Utilizing social media and local fundraising she has championed worthwhile projects like the Osprey Platform on the East Haddam Swing Bridge and funding for the care and treatment of 33 abused horses in East Hampton. Her tireless work last session helped to bring about a constitutional spending cap and a bipartisan budget agreement. She is also a vocal supporter of both fresh water and saltwater fishing and has been successful in advocating for the states fish hatcheries and on behalf of sportsmen across the state. She was an early proponent of industrial hemp, expansion of the cottage food industry, privatization of DMV and legalization of marijuana.
Her public service began over two decades ago, when she spent a significant amount of time volunteering in her community. She served with the Friends of Gillette Castle State Park, where she led the organization as President and spent many years mentoring young students at Hale-Ray High School. She is a former economic development coordinator and also served as a local elected official on numerous boards and commissions in East Haddam and the region.
Rep. Ziobron lives in East Haddam with her family and husband of 24 years, Scott – along with two old hound dogs Duke and Daisy.