State Representative Stephanie Cummings was first elected to represent the 74th district of Waterbury’s East End and East Mountain neighborhood in 2016. Representative Cummings is a life-long Waterbury resident, volunteer, former alderwoman and local attorney.
Representative Cummings was appointed as Ranking member of the Commerce Committee for the 2019-2020 session by House Republican Leader Rep. Themis Klarides (R-114). She will continue to serve on the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee and will join the Children’s Committee for the legislative term.
During the 2017-2018 legislative session, Representative Cummings served on the Judiciary Committee, Public Health Committee and the Government Administration & Elections Committee.
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, and a certificate in International 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 and continues to be heavily involved with community service. Prior to her election to the House of Representatives, she served as an active and engaged Waterbury Alderwoman from 2013 to 2017. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for numerous local agencies, including Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury, the Waterbury Bar Association and the Silas Bronson Library. She previously served on the Boards of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Waterbury, the Palace Theater, and Main Street Waterbury. She is also a former member of the United Way of Greater Waterbury’s Community Impact Cabinet. Representative Cummings is the past chairwoman and current vice-chair of the Connecticut Young Republicans. Representative Cummings is a member a of the Waterbury Republican Town Committee, East Mountain Neighborhood Association, East End Community Club, and Bouley Manor Neighborhood Association. 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 a current co-chair of the Waterbury Reads Gently Used Children’s Book Drive. Through volunteer donations and assistance she successfully spearheaded the ongoing drive to collect and distribute more than 50,000 gently used books to Waterbury children since July, 2014.
Representative Cummings is honored to have been recognized as the 2018 recipient of the Attorney Robert E. Mellon Service Award from Children’s Community School, with a 2018 recognition award from the Connecticut Reading Association, the 2017 Rivera Memorial Foundation Outstanding Leadership Award, 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 “Paying 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 as #chefsteph.