State Representative Brian Lanoue was elected to his first term in the General Assembly on November 6th, 2018. He serves the 45th District, which includes Griswold, Lisbon, Plainfield, Sterling and Voluntown. He is a member of the legislature’s joint Banking, Commerce and Energy & Technology Committees.
Born and raised in Eastern Connecticut, Brian graduated from the Norwich Free Academy, where he was a well-known host and producer at a commercial radio station, and he received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Connecticut State University. He took his education a step further by earning his master’s degree in public policy from Southern Connecticut State University where he authored a thesis on the change in public officials’ political positions when they go from one elected office to another.
Brian is a strong believer in Connecticut innovation and entrepreneurship. As the co-owner of a small, family-run business in Griswold, he has experienced the struggles faced by companies operating in our state and understands how legislation passed in Hartford can affect job creators. He received a perfect score from the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) for 2019 meaning he voted with small businesses 100 percent of the time during the most recent legislative session.
He is also a former champion powerlifter – one of the youngest athletes ever having won the Men’s Open world title for the deadlift, substance free, at the age of 21.
The biggest issues currently facing the 45th District include high taxes, a stagnant economy, educational and employment opportunities for young professionals, unpredictable municipal funding from Hartford, issues concerning our Second Amendment right, and the opioid crisis. Brian addressed each of these issues during his first term by introducing and cosponsoring key legislation designed to make Connecticut safer for our children, more affordable for residents, and less burdensome for businesses.
After hearing about a young boy who was sexually assaulted at a Texas summer camp because there was no state requirement for mandatory background checks, Brian looked into Connecticut’s laws. He was disturbed to learn that no requirements existed. He introduced H.B. 5165, which would require background checks on all prospective camp employees. The bill made it through the committee process with bipartisan support, but was not called for a vote this session. Brian is committed to raising this proposal again next year, and is confident that it will ultimately become law.
Eastern Connecticut has been disproportionately affected by the opioid crisis. At the start of the 2019 Session, Brian introduced H.B. 6158, which would extend the CRISIS Initiative Pilot Program to State Police Troop D. This program allows state police, as well as local departments, to connect people battling addiction with the appropriate services. Expanding this great program would benefit communities like Plainfield and Sterling. He also cosponsored legislation increasing the penalties for dealing Fentanyl and another tightening state laws regarding the prescribing of pain medication.
While Brian recognizes the alarming rise in gun-related fatalities, he does not believe restricting the rights of law-abiding firearm owners is the right approach to addressing this serious problem. He proudly introduced H.B. 5227, which would have prevented municipalities from enacting firearm restrictions beyond what is already written in federal and state law. This is to help law-abiding gun owners who would otherwise be forced to learn the individual firearm laws of each town they enter. This could help prevent unnecessary problems for CT residents and law enforcement personnel.
The 45th General Assembly District’s unique location between two metropolitan hubs offers it a unique opportunity for growth and innovation. As state representative, Brian will continue advocating for regulation reform, tax relief and transportation infrastructure improvements, without the use of tolls, to attract more businesses to the region, and will fight any anti-business legislation introduced in Hartford. He believes that education must evolve at every level in order to prepare students for the jobs of the 21st Century, and will continue to work with his Teen Advisory Council to address the concerns of young people across Connecticut.
Brian holds office hours and legislative update throughout the year. All residents of the 45th District are encouraged to attend.