30th Senatorial District
01/09/2013 - 01/07/2015
Towns represented: Brookfield, Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Washington, Winchester.
State Senator Clark Chapin was elected to his first term in the State Senate in November 2012. Senator Chapin represents the 30th Senate District, which includes the communities of Brookfield, Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren and Winchester.
Senator Chapin has been named a Deputy Minority Leader of the Senate Republican Caucus, and a Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology Committee and Environment Committee. In addition, Senator Chapin serves on the Appropriations Committee and Regulation Review Committee.
Senator Chapin previously served six terms as State Representative of the 67th District. During his tenure in state office, Senator Chapin played an instrumental role in the agreement to build a new Litchfield County Courthouse and to renovate the existing historic one. As part of the agreement, Senator Chapin introduced legislation to allow New Milford residents to file civil suits and claims at the Danbury Courthouse and also have the option to file civil suits and claims at the current Litchfield Courthouse and a Bantam Superior Court facility if they wish.
Senator Chapin was also named “Legislator of the Year” by the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association in 2003, 2005 and 2011. In bestowing the award, the association lauded his work on the Environment Committee and commended his experience and knowledge of agricultural issues.
Raised in a family actively involved in local government, Senator Chapin was no stranger to public service prior to his election to the Legislature. In 1995, he was elected to the New Milford Town Council. He was re-elected in 1997 and 1999 and also served as the council’s vice-chairman. He resigned from the council in December 2000 to assume his legislative responsibilities.
Senator Chapin attended New Milford public schools, graduating from New Milford High School in 1979. He later earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and Technology at the University of Rhode Island and recently earned his Master of Science degree in Community Development from Iowa State University. He has been a self-employed carpenter in New Milford since 1988.
Senator Chapin has two sons, Ryan and Michael. He is also the fiance of New Milford Mayor Patricia Murphy.