About Dan

Sen. Dan Champagne, the Senate Republican Whip, was elected to the State Senate in 2018 and has served as Vernon’s Mayor since 2013.
He was born and raised in Vernon, and he served for 22 years as a Police Officer in Vernon.

Sen. Champagne is the Ranking Member of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Planning and Development Committee, which has cognizance of all matters relating to local governments, regional planning and development activities, the State Plan of Conservation and Development, and economic development programs impacting local governments. He also serves on the Public Safety and Security Committee and the Judiciary Committee.

Before being elected Mayor, he served on the Vernon Town Council from 2005-2011 and is a past member of the Vernon Drug and Alcohol Council and the Vernon Youth Services Advisory Council. He graduated from Rockville High School and holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Manchester Community College, a BA in Sociology from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Master’s of Public Administration from UCONN.

Sen. Champagne served our nation in the Army National Guard from 1987-1992 and served as a police officer for 22 years in Vernon. He received the Distinguished Service Award in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2010. He also received the Meritorious Service Award in 2004 and 2005.

Sen. Champagne and his wife Karen are the proud parents of daughters Emily and Melissa.

Sen. Champagne represents Ashford, Chaplin, Coventry, Eastford, Ellington, Hampton, Pomfret, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon, Willington, and Woodstock.