I was born and raised in Northwest Ohio, but I have spent most of my adult life in Southeast Connecticut. As a young man, I was eager to serve our country and see the world, so I enlisted in the Navy as a high school senior. After excelling in my initial training at Machinist’s Mate Class A school, I was awarded a spot in the first-ever Seaman-To-Admiral-21 class. I chose to attend the University of Wisconsin and study Mechanical Engineering. At graduation, I was commissioned an officer and sent to my first duty station here in CT.
After my initial training, I was assigned to a submarine in Groton where I quickly gained increasing responsibility and took on additional duties. While on active duty, I earned additional qualifications for training and for financial education in addition to earning a Master of Engineering Management degree. After being medically retired, I attended NYU and earned an MBA in Finance.
My wife and I have been married for 18 years and we have five wonderful children. Part of our vision for returning to CT was to be part of a stable and loving community where our children could grow up. The challenges of military life and frequent moves takes a toll on the entire family, and it is refreshing to able to choose where to live. Here in Ledyard we have a small farm where we raise heritage breeds of livestock. I believe in the importance of community, local farms, and conservation of resources. Our family has committed to hosting International Students as a way to engage and learn from each other.
I have always tried to find ways to serve others wherever I have lived. During my Navy tours, I earned the Command Financial Specialist certification and developed a financial literacy program for junior sailors. I was also designated as a Master Training Specialist and became a mentor for other instructors. I have volunteered for and provided project planning guidance to Habitat for Humanity, Water Missions International, and the United Way in support of their Day of Caring. Recently, I have been helping shop for food to help families in need.
Running for state representative is a way for me to return to serving our country in a new capacity. I look forward to representing you well in Hartford!
Returning to Our Roots
Connecticut's legislature was not designed for career, professional politicians. Our system of government was supposed to have regular people representing their districts, people who could understand families' struggles and work to find common sense solutions to the challenges we face.
Matt Geren is a Democrat dedicated to those ideals that inspired our system: hard work, fairness, and opportunity. We must work together to lead the way forward, by swearing off the bitter partisanship that has paralyzed our district and nation. It's time for us to begin putting people before party again.