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 November 2018. This session, she will serve on the Finance, Revenue & Bonding and Energy & Technology committees and as Ranking Member on the General Law Committee of the General Assembly.
A New London, CT native, Rep. Cheeseman has been a resident of East Lyme for 25 years. 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, is the current President of the East Lyme Library Board, 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 two sons, David (age 31) and Douglas (age 29), as well as her three stepdaughters, Victoria, Abigail and Sarah; her four grandchildren, Emma, Kieran, Ethan and Zoe; and her two Chesapeake Bay retrievers, Belle and Madducks.