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Gerry Connolly's Biography


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (VA) - District 11

Contact Information


Post Office Box 563
Merrifield, VA 22116

2241-D Tacketts Mill Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22192

4115 Annandale Road
Suite 103
Annandale, VA 22003

2238 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Full Name:

Gerald 'Gerry' Edward Connolly




Wife: Cathy; 1 Child: Caitlin

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Boston, MA

Home City:

Fairfax, VA



MPA, Harvard University, 1979

BA, Literature, Maryknoll College, 1971

Representative, United States House of Representatives, Virginia, District 11, 2008-present

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, Virginia, District 11, 2022

Chair, Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County, 2003-2007

Providence District Supervisor, Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County, 1995-2003

Former Member, Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus on Korea

Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus on Taiwan

Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus on US-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans

Former Member, Information Technology Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Member, New Democrats Caucus

Co-Chair, Smart Contracting Caucus

Former Member, Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, United States House of Representatives

Co-Chair, Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus

Former Member, The Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Vice President, Community Relations, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

Vice President, Washington Office, SRI International, 1989-1997

Staff, United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1979-1989

Chair, United States Delegation, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), present

Former Providence District Representative, Airports Advisory Committee, Fairfax County

Member, Boards of Directors, American Red Cross of the National Capital Area

Member, Boards of Directors, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce

Member, Boards of Directors, Fairfax Partnership for Youth

Member, Boards of Directors, Greater Washington Initiative Board of Trustees

Member, Boards of Directors, Institute for Regional Excellence

Member, Boards of Directors, Medical Care for Children Partnership

Member, Boards of Directors, Virginia Institute of Government, University of Virginia

Former Vice Chair, Economic Advisory Committee, Fairfax County

Board Member, Executive Committee, Foundation for Virginia

Former Chair/Member, Fairfax County Emergency Preparedness Task Force

Former President, Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations

Former Chair, Legislative Committee, Fairfax County

Former President, Mantua Citizens Association (MCA)

Former Chair, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG)

Former Chair, Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC)

Former Chair, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC)

Co-Chair, Task Force on Technology

Co-Chair, Technology, Education and Entrepreneurship Task Force

Member, The Providence Players of Fairfax

Former Board Member/President, Virginia Association of Counties (VaCo)

Co-Founder, Washington International Corporate Circle Program

Vice Chair, New Democrats, 2012

Member, Fairfax Government Reorganization Commission, 1992-1993


Scull Award, Council of Governments, 2000; Man of the Year, Boys' and Girls' Clubs, 2006; Outstanding Local Elected Official of the Year, Virginia Transit Association, 2005; Environmental Achievement Award, Hunter Mill Defense League, 2002; Outstanding Political Leader, Catholics for Housing, 2005; Outstanding Local Official in the United States, American Public Transportation Association, 2006; Elizabeth and David Scull Metropolitan Service Award, Metropolitan Washington Council of Government, 2000

Favorite Quote:

"Bloom where you are planted." - Ella Grasso

Priority Issues:

Enact Comprehensive Health Care; Provide Strong Environmental Leadership Change; "No Child Left Behind" and Invest in Education; End the War in Iraq; Improve the Economy for Families