The Ripon Forum

Volume 41, No. 3

June - July 2007 Issue

Ripon Profile — Governor M. Jodi Rell

By on November 3, 2015
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Name: M. Jodi Rell
Hometown: Brookfield, Conn.
Occupation: Governor, State of Connecticut
Previous Jobs: Lieutenant Governor, January 1995 – June 2004, State Representative (107th District), 1985– 1995
Individual(s) who inspired me as a child: I have always had a great deal of admiration for my step-mother: Anyone who could manage a large, blended family and keep house so well was a hero in my book.
Historical figure(s) I would most like to meet: I would love to meet Amelia Earhart and ask what drew her to aviation. Being married to an airline pilot (now retired), I understand the thrill of flying. But she must have been a remarkable woman to have entered into such a career in an age when women pilots were all but unknown.
Issue facing America that no one is talking about: The growing use of alcohol and drugs among the very young. It isn’t just teen-agers we have to worry about anymore – these days it’s 7- and-8-year-old as well.
What the GOP must do to reclaim its congressional majority: The party must move to the center – cease polarizing every issue – and listen more closely to everyday people.
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