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Senator Michael McLachlan (R-24) is serving his fourth term in the Connecticut State Senate. First elected in 2008, he represents Danbury, Bethel, New Fairfield and Sherman.
Senator McLachlan is ranking member on the Government Administration & Elections Committee of the General Assembly. As a member of the Commission on Enhancing Agency Outcomes he joined a bi-partisan group studying government efficiency opportunities and many of the ideas were implemented in the past two years. Senator McLachlan is also a member of the Judiciary and Finance, Revenue & Bonding committees. He also serves as the Ranking Member of the General Bonding Subcommittee and serves as Deputy Minority Leader.
Senator McLachlan formerly served as Chief of Staff for Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton. Senator McLachlan began working for Mayor Boughton following his election in 2001. As chief of staff, Senator McLachlan spearheaded efforts to provide housing for veterans. Senator McLachlan also serves on the Danbury Housing Partnership and chaired the veteran’s housing committee that launched the “Housing for Heroes” program in 2008. The program provides shelter, transitional housing and a path to a permanent home.
Before transitioning to city government, Senator McLachlan had a successful career in financial services including automotive fleet, mortgage banking and small business lending. He was named Vice President at First Union National Bank where he was responsible for equipment leasing in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.
A Danbury native, Senator McLachlan has a long history of community service and involvement. In 1998, the Danbury Jaycees honored him with the Distinguished Service Award. Kiwanis International presented him the Distinguished President Award in 2001 following his term as leader of the Kiwanis Club of Danbury.
Senator McLachlan has also spent years working closely with the Catholic Church in Connecticut. In a 2010 ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, Senator McLachlan was made a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem by Timothy Cardinal Dolan. In 2009, Senator McLachlan led the opposition to proposed legislation that threatened religious freedoms. The proposal would have reorganized the Catholic Church in Connecticut by removing bishops and pastors from management decisions. In 2005, Bishop William Lori presented Senator McLachlan with the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Saint Augustine Medal of Service Award for his work at Saint Peter Church where he serves as a parish trustee. He formerly served as chair of the Saint Peter School Advisory Board.
Senator McLachlan has been a strong advocate for limited government and for strict adherence to the state’s constitutional spending cap. He was presented with the “2010 Children’s Champion” award by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance. He was also honored in 2010 by the Connecticut Police Chiefs’ Association for his efforts to enhance law enforcement in Connecticut. In 2013 the Connecticut YMCAs presented him their “Legislator of the Year” award for his promotion of youth development, social responsibility and healthy living.
Senator McLachlan served as chairman of the 1995 Special Olympics World Games Host Town Committee that welcomed Team Lebanon to Danbury for ten days during the competition. A member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Senator McLachlan volunteered for the annual Greater Danbury Irish Festival for many years. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, Senator McLachlan was active in the renovations of the John Cardinal Neuman Center at Western Connecticut State University, chaired the scholarship program and assisted fundraising efforts for Special Olympics and Danbury’s Catholic schools. He serves as a trustee of the Danbury Museum & Historical Society and is working on new efforts to preserve historic buildings in Danbury.
Senator McLachlan also has an impressive record of work for the Republican party, working in local politics since the age of 10. He served as a volunteer on many campaigns including those of Congressman Ron Sarasin, Jack Thompson, Marty Rader, Governor Thomas Meskill, President Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and Governor Jodi Rell.
A former chairman of the Danbury Republican Town Committee, campaign manager and advisor to many Republican officials, Senator McLachlan has cultivated a reputation as a devoted public servant. The Danbury Republican Town Committee awarded Senator McLachlan the J. Thayer Bowman Service Award in 2000.
Senator McLachlan and his wife Alesia live in Danbury.