State Representative Stephanie Cummings was first elected to represent the 74th district of Waterbury’s East End and East Mountain neighborhood for the 2017-2018 legislative session. Representative Cummings is a life-long Waterbury resident, volunteer, alderwoman and local attorney.
Representative Cummings graduated from Sacred Heart High School before attending Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT., where she earned a B.S. in Political Science, and a double minor in History and Global Studies in 2009. In 2012, Rep. Cummings graduated Cum Laude with a Juris Doctor from the Quinnipiac University School of Law with concentrations in both Tax Law and Civil Advocacy, both with honors.
Following law school, Representative Cummings began her law career as a clerk, then as an attorney in Farmington before joining Waterbury’s Kolesnik Law Firm as an associate attorney in May of 2014. She is admitted to practice law in state courts in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine, and federal courts in Maine and Massachusetts. She is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Representative Cummings has been heavily involved with community service and has served as an active and engaged Waterbury Alderwoman since 2013. She also serves on the Board of Directors for numerous local agencies, including Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Waterbury, the Palace Theater, Main Street Waterbury, and the Waterbury Bar Association where she is co-chair of Young Lawyers Section. She is a member of the United Way of Greater Waterbury’s Community Impact Cabinet, and Emerging Leaders Steering Committee, and is a committee member of the Waterbury Regional Chamber’s Public Policy Committee. Representative Cummings serves on the Board of Agents for the Silas Bronson Library and as chairwoman of the Connecticut Young Republicans. Representative Cummings is a member and task force member of the Young Professionals of the Waterbury Region, and a member of the Republican Town Committee, East Mountain Neighborhood Association and East End Community Club. Previously, she was a commissioner of the Finance and Audit Review Commission from July 2013 through December 2013.
A strong advocate for reading and education, Representative Cummings founded and is chairwoman of the Waterbury Reads and New Haven Reads Gently Used Children’s Book Drive. Through volunteer donations and assistance she successfully spearheaded the ongoing drive to collect and distribute more than 30,000 gently used books to Waterbury children since July, 2014.
Representative Cummings is honored to have been recognized as the 2016 United Way of Greater Waterbury Volunteer of the Year, the 2016 recipient of the CT Permanent Commission on the Status of Women Young Woman Rising Award, the 2015 Waterbury Bar Association Young Lawyers Award and the 2015 Sacred Heart High School Marcia Galvin Brayton Award. She was a featured TEDX speaker at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in October 2014 for her talk “Playing it Forward with a Book” detailing her volunteer work collecting used books for Waterbury children.
Representative Cummings lives in the East Mountain section of Waterbury where she delights in putting her Kitchen Aid mixer to the test making delicious treats for her friends and family.