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About Holly

State Representative Holly Cheeseman was first elected to serve the 37th district of East Lyme and Salem in November 2016 and was re-elected in 2018 and 2020. In 2022, with her re-election she will also represent a portion of Montville. For the 2023-2024 term, she will serve on the General Assembly’s Energy & Technology and Commerce committees and as Ranking Member Finance, Revenue & Bonding committee.

A New London, CT native, Rep. Cheeseman has been a resident of East Lyme for over two decades. She currently works as the Executive Director for the Southeastern Connecticut Children’s Museum. In the past, she partnered with her late husband, Ian, in LVA Corporate Communications in Niantic, CT. Between 1977 and 1988, she was also employed as a publishing executive in the United Kingdom. There, she was involved in the launch and publication of nine magazines relating to the computer industry, in both the general consumer and trade and technical markets.

Rep. Cheeseman received a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA with a major in German and minors in Physics and History. She also attended and graduated from the Williams School in New London, CT.

In the community, Rep. Cheeseman served on the East Lyme Board of Selectmen from 2011-2017, serves on the board of seCTer the region’s designated economic development organization, the Vice Chair and past Chair of the East Lyme Republican Town Committee, and past member of the East Lyme Board of Assessment Appeals. She also served as President and Vice-President of the Creative Playschool, President of the Mount Holyoke Club of Southeastern Connecticut, and member of the Curriculum Council of the East Lyme School system.

Rep. Cheeseman enjoys spending time with her new husband Joe, her children and grandchildren and her two Chesapeake Bay retrievers, Callie and Madducks.