Thomas D. Ritter
|Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives|
January 1993 –January 1999
|Preceded by||Richard J. Balducci|
|Succeeded by||Moira K. Lyons|
|Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives|
January 1981 –January 1999
|Preceded by||George J. Ritter|
|Succeeded by||Barnaby W. Horton|
|Constituency||6th district (1981-1983)|
2nd district (1983-1999)
Thomas Drummond Ritter
|Spouse(s)||Christine E. Keller|
|Education|| Amherst College (BA)|
University of Connecticut (JD)
Thomas Drummond Ritter(born November 24,1952) is an American lawyer,lobbyist,and retired politician from Connecticut who was the Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1993-1998.
Ritter attended Amherst College and later the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Ritter’s wife Christine E. Keller is an appellate court judge. Both his father and his brother are former lawmakers.His son Matthew Ritter is also a lawyer and State Representative as well as the current Majority Leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives.
Ritter served on the Hartford Democratic Town Committee from 1975 to 1980 and was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1980 to 1998. He was speaker from 1993-1998.
Ritter and Moira K. Lyons are the only three term Speakers in history of the Connecticut House of Representatives.
Ritter sits on the UCONN board of directors.In 2019 he became the acting chair of the board when chairman Kruger stepped down. Kruger has named West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor as his preferred permanent successor over Ritter,writing that "it’s time for the University board to be led by a woman.” Some have cited emoluments as a potential risk of his chairmanship.
Ritter is currently a partner at the law firm of Brown Rudnick.Prior to joining the firm,he worked as an attorney for the Hartford Corporation Counsel and was in private practice for many years. Freedom of information act requests for communications between Ritter and his client the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority where at the center of a Connecticut Supreme Court case in 2016.
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