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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut


In order to compete in the global economy, our nation needs the world’s finest education system. No matter the district, our students deserve to have the tools they need to learn and grow. The latest research shows that children who receive early education, including preschool and pre-kindergarten, have a marked advantage over those who do not. Every child in America deserves this opportunity.

Today’s students are also dealing with our current economic recovery. Most recently, many schools and other education programs are dealing with the impact of cuts caused by sequestration, or the across the board budget cuts that began in March of 2013. Rep. Larson voted against sequestration understanding it was the wrong way to deal with our fiscal issues, and will continue to work towards a balanced plan so that our students have the best resources available.

Rep. Larson has also fought to keep the costs of higher education down, joining his colleagues in condemning unnecessary burdens on recent and future college graduates. While financial aid gives many Americans an opportunity to pursue their dreams through higher education, the costs of that aid must be kept affordable.

Rep. Larson speaks with students in Southington
Rep. Larson speaks with middle schoolers in Southington. 

The face of tomorrow’s workforce is also changing across the nation. In Connecticut there are thousands of unfilled manufacturing jobs, a number expected to rise sharply as a generation of machinists and manufacturers retires. That’s why Rep. Larson is working to build and strengthen partnerships between academia, manufacturers and government to better prepare and train those who wish to pursue a career in advanced manufacturing.

Rep. Larson has also worked to promote books and the Library of Congress in Connecticut, sharing various educational materials with teachers and students in the First District. Among these include information on Primary Source Sets for teachers and information on Library of Congress resources for students.


“As a nation, we must invest in our youth and ensure they have every tool and opportunity to succeed in the global economy.” – Rep. John B. Larson



More on Education

May 24, 2019 Press Release
Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) hosted a group of students from the Hartford area representing the Greater Hartford Youth Leadership Academy.
January 15, 2019 Press Release

Washington DC – Today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement in response to Congresswoman Jahana Hayes’ (CT-05) appointment to the House Education and Labor Committee.

October 1, 2018 Press Release
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced today that the University of Hartford Magnet School in West Hartford, CT has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2018 by the U.S. Department of Education. Each school will receive a National Blue Ribbon plaque and a flag in honor of its status.
September 26, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted to pass the Fiscal Year 2019 Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill.
August 30, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee, Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), and U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), called on Secretary Betsy DeVos to abandon the “borrower defense” rule change at the Department of Education, which would rescind an Obama-era policy put in place to protect students who are misled by predatory for-profit colleges.
June 26, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) met with members of Goodwin College’s faculty in his Washington office. Goodwin College was awarded a $26,000 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for their project Goodwin College-Integrating Humanities into Career Focused Programs.
May 4, 2018 Press Release
Last night, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced the winner of the First Congressional District Art Competition.
May 2, 2018 Press Release
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented Madison Henry, a junior at Kingswood Oxford from Glastonbury, CT, with the Silver Congressional Award medal.
April 17, 2018 Press Release
In today’s Ways and Means Committee Hearing on Jobs and Opportunity, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta accepted Rep. John B. Larson’s (CT-01) invitation to visit Connecticut and see the successful workforce collaborations led by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), Goodwin College, International Association of Machinists (IAM), local community colleges, and employers like Pratt and Whitney.
January 8, 2018 Page
2017 re-cap from Rep. Larson.