DANBURY, Conn. – State Rep. Janice Giegler (R-138) announced Monday that she will not seek re-election this year.
Giegler represents Danbury, New Fairfield and Ridgefield.
“Deciding not to run for re-election as state representative has been an emotional decision, and not one I undertook lightly,” Giegler said. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of the 138th District for the past 14 years.”
Giegler was first elected to represent the 138th District in 2002, and was re-elected to her seventh term in 2014.
“The opportunity to run initially for political office was presented to me quite unexpectedly by former State Senator David Cappiello,” she said. “Little did I know that that decision would begin one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of my life.”
She was able to work across party lines to pass important legislation through her leadership roles, most recently being named as the House Republican Whip for the 2015-16 session, according to a press release.
Giegler has been a staunch advocate for Western Healthcare Network, joining her colleagues in gaining approval for advanced cardiac care and bringing money to Regional Hospice and Ann’s Place,
She also was an advocate for the Danbury Public Schools, continually fighting for a greater share of state education aid and securing money for school-based health centers.
She also helped Western Connecticut State University secure bond money for its facilities, such as the new performing arts building, as well as helping secure bonds for Richter Park and the War Memorial in support of veterans.
During her tenure, Giegler was actively involved in a variety of community and service organizations, such as the YMCA Task Force, Danbury Homelessness Task Force and was a member of Women in Government as a state director.
Though she no longer will serve as state representative, her commitment to public service will continue in her role as the elected town clerk for the City of Danbury.
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