Toni Boucher

bio_advisory_toniState Senator Toni Boucher was elected to represent the 26th Senatorial District in 2008, after having served as the State Representative from the 143rd Assembly District for 12 years.

The 26th Senatorial District includes the communities of Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton. Senator Boucher has earned leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. Her election to the State Senate followed a distinguished career in the House of Representatives where she held caucus leadership positions and served on several legislative committees. Senator Boucher is also the Parliamentarian for the National Order of Women Legislators (NOWL). The group, which was founded in 1938, serves as the membership arm of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL).

In the State Senate, Senator Boucher serves as a Chief Deputy Senate Republican Majority Leader. Senator Boucher is the Co-Chair on the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee, Co-Chair on the Education Committee, and Vice-Chair on the Banking Committee. She also serves as a member of the General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee.

As a member of the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee, Senator Boucher is working to resolve the state’s existing fiscal problems and plan for the future in a bipartisan manner. She believes that Connecticut must recreate an environment where businesses can grow and families can prosper. Senator Boucher, who served on the Appropriations Committee as a State Representative, is now on the front line of efforts to balance the state’s growing budget deficit while holding the line on taxes, reducing government spending, saving businesses and growing jobs.

Senator Boucher calls on her extensive experience in the business world when working with her legislative colleagues on state government fiscal issues. Senator Boucher, who holds an MBA from UCONN Business School, is the founder and former owner of a small business and a former member of corporate management for two Fortune 50 firms. Senator Boucher also co-founded and served on the Board of Directors of a marketing design agency in San Diego, California which specializes in clients working in biogenetic, aerospace and leading edge computer applications. She is honored to have been a recipient of the Southwest Area (CT) Commerce and Industry Association’s Community Leader Award.

Currently, Senator Boucher, who holds series 7 and series 63 licenses, is the director of the Common fund Institute, the educational and research arm of Common fund, a $28- billion nonprofit fund manager for 1,500 educational, nonprofit and health care institutions started by the Ford Foundation in 1971. In December 2008, she co-authored a publication on Ethics and the Nonprofit.