Themis Klarides served as the Republican leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 2014 to 2020, she was the first woman to hold the position. In the legislature Themis led the fight against runaway spending, while working to support law enforcement and strengthen education. In 2017, she led on the passage of the bipartisan budget that put in place spending caps and real budgetary reforms that are responsible for the budget surplus and rainy-day fund we see today. Themis held the line in the State Legislature in the fight against reinstituting highway tolls in Connecticut.
During the 2020 debate over the Police Accountability Act, Themis stood with law enforcement and against legislation that would’ve removed important police protections. A native of Seymour, Themis Klarides was raised around a family supermarket business that taught her the value of hard work and the rewards of community involvement. After graduating from Trinity College, she earned her Juris Doctorate from Quinnipiac University School of Law. She is currently practicing law in the State of Connecticut and in the United States District Court for Connecticut.