About Heather

Senator Heather Somers, a resident of Groton, was elected to serve the 18th Senate district in November 2016. The 18th district includes Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington and Voluntown.

The Assistant Senate Republican Leader, Sen. Somers serves as Ranking Member of the Public Health Committee. This panel has cognizance of all programs and matters relating to the Department of Public Health, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Department of Developmental Services and the Office of Health Care Access. The committee also has jurisdiction on matters relating to emergency medical services, all licensing boards within the Department of Public Health, nursing homes, pure food and drugs, and controlled substances, including the treatment of substance abuse.

Sen. Somers also serves as Ranking Senator on the Transportation Committee, which has cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Transportation, including highways and bridges, navigation, aeronautics, mass transit, and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

In addition, Sen. Somers serves as a member of the Appropriations Committee, which formulates the spending portion of the state budget, as well as on the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee.

Sen. Somers serves on the state’s Covid Vaccine Advisory Committee and as Chairperson of the Vaccine Communications Subcommittee.

In 2019, Sen. Somers was named a “Champion of Elder Care” by the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities/Connecticut Center for Assisted Living in recognition of her “fierce, intelligent and outstanding leadership on behalf of Connecticut’s skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities, their employees and especially the residents they care for.”

Sen. Somers served for five terms on the Groton Town Council, and served as Mayor for the Town of Groton from 2012-2014. As Mayor, she established an Energy Efficiency Task Force to evaluate energy saving initiatives throughout the town and spearheaded a School Planning Task Force to address the issues of racial imbalance and aging school infrastructure. She also worked tirelessly with the town council to deliver the citizens of Groton two tax decreases during her tenure.

A native of Groton, Sen. Somers previously served as the Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee and served on the Finance and Public Health committees as well as the Utilities Expansion Steering Committee.

Sen. Somers was a founding partner of Hydrofera, a medical device manufacturer. She also worked as the Vice President of International Sales and Marketing for Hollister Inc., the medical device company which acquired Hydrofera in 2010.

Sen. Somers is the recipient of the Medical Device Excellence Award (2000) and a Silver Award Winner for the Connecticut Women of Innovation Awards (2007).

Sen. Somers holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Connecticut and resides in Groton with her husband Mark Somers and three children.