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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

September 28, 2017 Press Release
Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), and Joe Courtney (CT-2) announced $9,384,131 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education under the Magnet Schools Assistance Program to support magnet schools in the New Haven, Hartford, and Old Lyme area.
June 8, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) delivered letters written by East Hartford High School students, inviting Secretary Betsy DeVos to tour their school.
May 30, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined East Hartford students and educators in voicing their concerns regarding Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s comments about East Hartford High School.
May 26, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after he sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, in response to remarks she made about East Hartford
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):