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    Lois Heller

    • Previous Job: Politics (Congressman, Governor, Mayor, or lower rank) Religion: Catholic Wealth: Upper Class Are you married?: Yes How many children do you have?: 2


    Lois Heller (nee Starr) was born on June 4, 1970, in New Haven, Connecticut. She grew up in Westport, Connecticut. Her father, Reginald Starr, was an investment banker employed on Wall Street. Her mother, Annalise Starr, served as a state representative in Connecticut for nearly 30 years before succumbing to a battle with breast cancer in 1994. 

    As an adolescent, Lois attended Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut before going on to Yale University. She graduated from Yale with a degree in journalism. Her senior year of college, Lois was the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Daily News. Upon graduating from Yale, Lois became a reporter with the New York Times. While employed by the Times, Lois maintained her residency in Westport, commuting to the city.  

    Lois unearthed the corruption scandal involving Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim - a scandal that ultimately led to his conviction on criminal charges and resignation as mayor. After breaking the story and doing some follow-up work, Lois resigned from the Times and announced that she was running for the seat once held by her mother to be a state representative. She was elected in 2004.

    In two terms as a state representative, Lois Heller pushed to increase funding to the state's urban centers. She also advocated for bringing mass transportation to the state, though she proved unsuccessful. She also staked out a progressive voting record, introducing legislation to abolish the death penalty, increase penalties on corruption, and permit same-sex marriages. In her second term, Lois was instrumental in drafting the public financing program for Connecticut elections.

    In 2008, she announced that she was running against Chris Shays for the United States Congress. She narrowly defeated Jim Himes in the Democratic primary before going on to trounce Shays in the general election. Since then, she has served diligently in the House of Representatives.

    She met her husband, Michael Heller, while working at the Times. They were married in 2000 and currently live at home in Westport with their three children: Erin (b. 1972), James (b. 1973), and Thomas (b. 1975). A fourth child, Colleen, was born in 1977, but she died in 1989 from leukemia. 

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