The Ripon Forum

Volume 51, No. 6

December 2017

Ripon Profile of Jodi Rell

By on December 6, 2017

…from the June/July 2007 edition:

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-olds 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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