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The Connecticut Group, LLC

Jim O'Brien, the founder of the firm, has been involved in Connecticut politics and government for the last 20 years. Jim began his political career in college by working as an intern on Capitol Hill. After college, Jim continued to pursue his interest in politics by working on several campaigns and political events and in 1994, Jim went to work in the Connecticut Governor's office as a Legislative Liaison. Jim helped organize the Governor's legislative agenda and his responsibilities included both editing proposed legislation as well as developing and executing a strategy to pass the legislation. He also represented the Governor's office on the Electric Deregulation Working Group, a group formed to analyze ways in which to deregulate the electric utility industry.

Upon leaving the Governor's office in 1997, Jim joined an investment firm and was in charge of government and legal affairs. Also in that year, Jim ran and was elected to the West Hartford Town Council where he served two terms. In 2004, Jim started his own government relations firm, J. O'Brien & Associates, LLC.

During the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, Jim was a political analyst for WFSB Channel 3 and NBC Channel 30. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan District Commission and the Board of Directors for Riverfront Recapture.

Jim received his B.A. in History from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1988 and his J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 1995. You can reach Jim by e-mail at jobrien@connecticutgroup.net or by calling him at (860) 676-7358.

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