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Gerry Connolly

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 11th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2009
Preceded by Thomas M. Davis

Born March 30, 1950
Boston, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Cathy Connolly
Residence Mantua, Fairfax County, Virginia
Alma mater Maryknoll College,
Harvard University
Occupation Public Administration
Religion Roman Catholic

Gerald E. 'Gerry' Connolly (born March 30, 1950) is a member of the United States House of Representatives from Virginia's 11th congressional district. A Democrat, Connolly first assumed office following the election of November 2008, where he defeated Republican Keith Fimian with 55% of the vote to Fimian's 43%. The seat was made open by the retirement of Republican Tom Davis. Connolly was previously Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.


Education and early career

Connolly graduated from Maryknoll College in Illinois, and completed a Master of Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 1979. He then began a 10-year career with the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, where he managed committee oversight of international economic issues, international narcotics control, and United Nations and Middle East policies, and published reports on U.S. policy in El Salvador, Central America, Israel and the Persian Gulf region.[1] In 1992-93, Gerry served on the Fairfax Government Reorganization Commission. In 1995 he was elected Providence District Supervisor, serving for nine years.


Connolly was sworn into his first term on January 3, 2009. He voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the $787 billion dollar economic stimulus package a few weeks later on January 28, 2009.[2] He voted to enforce anti-gay hate crimes as well in April. During the health care debate in the second half of that year, Connolly was a supporter of the Democratic healthcare plan, the America's Affordable Health Choices Act, as well as the public health insurance option; saying at a live chat with constituents in September to a woman from Washington, D.C. that "One of my principles for health care reform is that it increases the choices you have. By setting up a health insurance exchange, we can give your family more insurance choices, hopefully including one that your daughter's doctor chooses to accept".[3]

Personal life

Connolly, his wife Cathy and their teenage daughter have lived in Mantua since 1979. He serves on the Boards of Directors for Fairfax Partnership for Youth, the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Washington Initiative Board of Trustees, the Medical Care for Children Partnership, the Institute for Regional Excellence, and the University of Virginia - Virginia Institute of Government. He previously served as president of the Mantua Citizens Association (MCA) president and two terms as president of the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations.

Connolly is also a company member of The Providence Players of Fairfax, a community theatre in Fairfax County, having acted in several of their shows [4][5].

Committee assignments

Electoral history

Year Subject Party Votes  % Opponent Party Votes  % Opponent Party Votes  %
2008 Gerald Connolly Democratic 196,598 54.7 Keith Fimian Republican 154,758 43.0 Joseph P. Oddo Independent Green 7,271 2.0

Gerald Connolly first won election to the United States Congress in 2008. Connolly's opponent, Keith Fimian, was attempting to succeed fellow Republican Tom Davis. In the general election on November 4, 2008, Connolly defeated Fimian by almost ten points.[6]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas M. Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Kathy Dahlkemper
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Mike Coffman
Representatives to the 111th United States Congress from Virginia (ordered by seniority)
111th Senate: J. Webb | M. Warner House: F. Wolf | R. Boucher | J. Moran | B. Goodlatte | R. Scott | E. Cantor | A. Forbes | R. Wittman | B. Nye | T. Perrielo | G. Connolly


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