Sen. Linares, Legislators Discuss “Lessons Learned”

October 2, 2013

Joining the Sep. 30 bipartisan panel discussion at the Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service at the University of Hartford were, from left to right: Discussion moderator and former Hartford city council member Marilyn Rossetti, Rep. Brandon McGee (D-Windsor), Rep. John Hampton (D-Simsbury), Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-Cheshire), and Sen. Art Linares (R-Westbrook).

Sen. Art Linares on Sep. 30 participated in a bipartisan panel discussion at the Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service at the University of Hartford. The center (www.hartford.edu) encourages integrity in government and public service, and responsible participation in public life.

The discussion topic was “If Only I Knew: Lessons from Campaigning to Holding Office”. Sen. Linares and the other panelists discussed the reasons they ran for office and the knowledge they have gained as legislators.

Sen. Linares talked about his Cuban-American heritage and described wearing out the soles of three pairs of shoes while campaigning door-to-door throughout his expansive, 12-town state senate district. A co-founder of a successful small business, Sen. Linares said he brings an entrepreneur’s perspective to the State Capitol while developing positive relationships with both Democrats and Republicans to pass legislation. Elected to the state senate at age 24, Sen. Linares told the crowd stories about having to rapidly learn the detailed rules of the state legislature and all of the various intricacies of Connecticut state government.

Sen. Linares read a statement given by Gov. Rell when she took office in 2004: “We should view our opportunity to lead as a gift — a gift holding unlimited potential and promise for addressing long unmet needs and long-standing policy problems.”

“And those words ring true today,” Sen. Linares said. “I take that mindset with me to Hartford. It was an honor to have been asked to participate on this panel, and it was a lot of fun to compare notes with my fellow state legislators.”