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Most Recent Achievements

  • Helped bring millions of dollars to Branford in low interest loans and grants for businesses large and small, allowing them to expand and grow jobs.

  • Credited by Branford Seniors for helping them advance their pursuit of a Senior Center that truly meets their needs.

I serve on the Governor's Life Sciences Group (pictured above) where our goal is to turbocharge the fast growing sector, making Connecticut an undisputed leader in this multi-faceted, high paying field. We have helped recruit:

  • Durata Therapeutics, Inc., a new company that is coming to Branford, bringing 80 substantial 
jobs and the promise to grow more.

  • A $1.2 billion Jackson Labs facility and an Alexion Pharmaceuticals headquarters that are projected to create a combined total of more than ten thousand science, construction and spin-off jobs.

  • Discussions are underway with many more companies as news spreads that Connecticut Means Business.

We also developed a Jobs Program to provide incentives for new hires by small and medium manufacturers and other companies, and established a Small Business Express Program to help fund capital expenses and create more small business jobs. I have fought for other important needs to protect our quality of life. I am proud to have successfully addressed many issues that are important to the people in my district:

  • As Vice Chair of the Energy & Technology Committee, I helped craft the new Storm Response Act to punish utilities that neglect maintenance and fail to restore power outages in a timely manner.

  • I wrote the new Cell Tower law and reached across the aisle to form the bipartisan alliance that passed it, giving towns and local residents more say in the tower location process.

  • As Co-Chairman of the Long Island Sound Caucus and member of the Shoreline Preservation Task Force, I helped pass new laws to ensure cleaner water and more property protection for shoreline homeowners and businesses.

  • For Veterans, I sponsored incentives for businesses that hire veterans; backed adding state venues for PTSD programs; helped draft a law to protect Branford's "Take A Vet Fishing" and other programs for disabled veterans; and played a key role in getting our beloved "Tank" returned home to the Branford Armory.

  • On the Education front, I fought to secure a small increase in Branford's Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funding. I am working to fast-track a solution for Walsh Middle School's sound problems. And I connected the Branford Education Foundation to a grant opportunity, resulting in $10,000 for reading programs.

  • For Seniors, I fought to protect Medicare eligibility for seniors and people with disabilities and prevented new hospice regulations from reducing the high quality of care provided by Branford's nationally renowned Connecticut Hospice. I also supported new laws to ensure grandparents' rights.

I proactively keep in close touch with my district and my constituents and I am always eager to help in any way I can with problems of all kinds. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you as State Representative.

I will continue fighting to do what's right for our families, our businesses and our community.


Representative Reed is pictured at UCONN's Farmington Campus, where the first demolition of old buildings began to make way for the $1.2 Billion Jackson Laboratory Genomics Center. It will be opened in the Spring of 2014, but several scientists have already been hired and are currently working on life saving Genomics Research and Development projects.


Representative Reed connected the Branford Education Foundation to a grant opportunity with the AT & T Community Foundation. It resulted in the Branford Education Foundation being awarded a $10,000 grant for a program that helps Branford high school students.


Lonnie was instrumental in getting the beloved Branford "Tank,” an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), returned to the Branford Armory where it had stood as a war memorial to Korean Veterans since officially dedicated by Governor. Ella Grasso. The National Guard had taken it away to put in a museum. She got the Governor involved and the National Guard and straightened it all out. They not only returned it, they repainted it to its former glory. Pictured are Corporal Tom Sudac, Representative Reed and Colonel John Whitford, the CT National Guard.