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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

December 21, 2016 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) recognized Fabrizio Lazo, Isaiah Powell and Brandon Reed with Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition for designing the winning app of the First District’s 2016 Congressional App Challenge (CAC). All three are seniors at Howell Cheney Technical High School and residents of East Hartford. Their app, BoomTanks, is a multiplayer action-based game featuring quiz questions about the history of tanks.
November 30, 2016 Press Release
Hartford, CT - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Governor Dannel P. Malloy, and the members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation today announced that the State of Connecticut has been awarded nearly $11.7 million in discretionary federal funding through the Preschool Development Grant.
September 26, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and the Connecticut Congressional Delegation applauded over $4.25 million in U.S. Department of Labor YouthBuild grants to help young people reach key educational and career milestones.
July 14, 2016 Press Release
Today, Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01) and John Lewis (GA-05) announced a renewed commitment to our country’s public service needs.
March 24, 2016 Press Release
​Hartford – Last night, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) met with the presidents of local community colleges to discuss legislation he is drafting that would provide tax credits to employers who collaborate with local schools to develop curricula that meet industry needs and then hire students upon graduation.
December 2, 2015 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177):

August 26, 2015 Press Release
East Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) helped cut the ribbon for Goodwin College's new Business and Manufacturing Center.
June 23, 2015 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-1) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ announcement that the Town of East Hartford is to receive a $641,205 grant under the Head Start Program:

April 23, 2015 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) introduced a resolution in Congress supporting the establishment of a Presidential Youth Council to advise the President of the United States on the perspectives of young Americans. The Council would also provide insight and suggestions on how to most effectively utilize federal funding to impact the nation’s youth.

January 9, 2015 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today:

“I applaud President Obama for his proposal to make the first two years of college and an associate degree as universal as a high school education. That was the original plan for our community colleges, and I commend the President for continuing that mission today.