State Representative Melissa Ziobron is a lifelong resident of the 34th District with an extensive record of community service. During the 2017 Legislative Session she was appointed Assistant Minority Leader and continues her role as Ranking Member of the Legislature’s powerful budget writing Appropriations Committee. 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 Legislature Sportsmen Caucus and the Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Policy Council. She is also Connecticut’s Proxy to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
Ziobron is committed to local organizations and has spent countless hours volunteering in her community. She has served with the Friends of Devil’s Hopyard State Park and the Friends of Gillette Castle State Park, where she served as President. She has assisted the Belltown Garden Club raise funds to steward the gardens at the historic covered Comstock Bridge, facilitated a group of dedicated individuals in forming Friends of Machimoodus/Sunrise State Park, and lent a hand to a group of volunteers working to help a recent Bacon Academy graduate obtain a new handicap van in Colchester. She has also been passionate about helping local Veterans, including assisting a WWII veteran obtain VA housing. She spent many years mentoring young students at Hale-Ray High School and is known for her passion for serving her constituents.
She served her local community for many years as an elected and appointed official. Her career in public service began while serving on the East Haddam Board of Education. She also played an important role on the 4-8 School Building Committee and Elderly & Disabled Tax Relief Committees.
She continues the fight to prioritize tax payer spending and programs that support Connecticut’s residents. Often times reminding fellow legislators that there is no such thing as “state money.” It is a hard battle, but one worth fighting for. One of her consistent top priorities in the legislature is to advocate for state parks and forests. She has testified many times regarding the conditions of parks throughout the State. The successful community cleanup and expansion of the kayak & canoe launch at Sunrise State Park is an example of her hard work and leadership. The Airline Trail is another special place for her constituents and she was successful in getting the Trout Management Area at Salmon River State Forest updated. She is also a vocal supporter of both freshwater and saltwater fishing and has been successful in advocating for the states fish hatcheries and sportsmen issues.
Rep. Ziobron lives in East Haddam with her husband Scott, their two children, Brittany and Bryan; along with their hound dogs Duke and Daisy.