Donald Jr.
American politician
Donald Jr.
Donald E. Williams, Jr. was first elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in a special election in 1993. Prior to his service in the State Senate, he served two terms as the First Selectman for the town of Thompson. In July 2004, Senator Williams was elected to serve as the President Pro Tempore, the highest-ranking legislator in the Connecticut General Assembly. He has been reelected to this post twice, in 2005 and 2007.
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Marian Wright Edelman: 'I Promise This Time There Will Be Change'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
I would like every parent in this country . . . I would like them to look in the mirror.  And that’s not a figure of speech . . . I mean, literally find a mirror in your house and look in it and look in your eyes and say, ‘This will never happen to me. This will never happen in my school. This will never happen in my community.’ And see if you actually believe that. And if there is a shadow, the slightest shadow of doubt about what you’ve said, think about what you can do to change that in your house, in your community, in your school, in your country, because we have an obligation to our children to do this for them. It’s gonna happen again. It is going to happen again. And every time, you know, it’s somebody else’s school, it’s somebody else’s town.  It’s somebody else’s community. Until one day you wake up and it’s not.      --David Wheeler, interview with CBS News’ 60 Minutes  David Wheeler, the father who issued this heartfelt request, knows firsthand that no community, ...
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Sweeping Gun Control Law Expected To Be Approved
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut's Senate on Wednesday approved sweeping new restrictions on weapons and large-capacity magazines, a response to last year's deadly Newtown elementary school shooting that would give the state some of the country's tightest gun control laws. The December massacre of 26 people inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, which reignited a national debate on gun control, set the stage for changes in the state that may have been impossible elsewhere: The governor, who personally informed parents that their children had been killed that day, championed the cause, and legislative leaders, keenly aware of the attention on the state, struck a bipartisan agreement they want to serve as a national model. "The tragedy in Newtown demands a powerful response, demands a response that transcends politics," said Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr., a Democrat. "It is the strongest and most comprehensive bill in the country." The bill passed the Senate ...
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State Reaches Deal On Tough Gun Laws After Newtown
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut lawmakers announced a deal Monday on what they called some of the toughest gun laws in the country that were proposed after the December mass shooting in the state, including a ban on new high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the massacre that left 20 children and six educators dead. The proposal includes new registration requirements for existing magazines that carry 10 or more bullets, something of a disappointment for some family members of Newtown victims who wanted an outright ban on the possession of all high-capacity magazines and traveled to the state Capitol on Monday to ask lawmakers for it. The package also creates what lawmakers said is the nation's first statewide dangerous weapon offender registry, creates a new "ammunition eligibility certificate," imposes immediate universal background checks for all firearms sales, and extends the state's assault weapons ban to 100 new types of firearms and requires ...
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Arsenal of weapons found in Newtown gunman's home
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
Arsenal of weapons found in Newtown gunman's home Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 8:37 am, Thursday, March 28, 2013 (AP) — An arsenal of weapons including guns, more than a thousand rounds of ammunition, a bayonet and several swords was found in the home of the gunman who carried out the Newtown school shooting, according to search warrants released Thursday. Adam Lanza killed 26 people inside Sandy Hook Elementary School and took his own life within five minutes of shooting his way into the building, State's Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III said in a statement accompanying the release of the warrants in the Dec. 14 massacre. The inventory of the evidence seized from Lanza's home and the car he drove to carry out the massacre provided glimpses into the world of a troubled young man, but it does not answer the ...
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Fund Covers Newtown First Responders, Teachers' Mental Health Services
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut lawmakers created a special charitable fund on Wednesday to help cover the mental health costs of first responders, educators and other workers traumatized by the Newtown school massacre. Both chambers of the General Assembly voted unanimously in favor of the bill, crafted by legislative leaders after meeting with Newtown police officers and other first responders who spoke of co-workers suffering from psychological trauma. Some of those workers felt they had to return to their jobs because traditional workers compensation does not cover most people for exclusively mental health issues. "We can only imagine for a few seconds what they went through in doing their jobs," said Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn. "This legislation is about helping them through this incredibly difficult period." Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, whose district includes Newtown, said five members of the Newtown Police De ...
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Education reform hinges on contracts
Stamford Advocate - almost 5 years
Education reform hinges on contracts The state's ability to alter teacher contracts is a key stumbling block between Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic legislative leaders as they try to fashion a compromise education reform package to narrow the nation's largest achievement gap. Senator Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, said Friday he is not convinced the General Assembly can legislate changes in negotiated contracts that may be part of the effort to turn around the state's worst performing schools. Part of Malloy's massive education reform proposal would allow the state to intervene in the state's 25 lowest performing schools. The package that cleared the legislature's education committee calls for a study on tenure reform and takes control back out of the commissioners' hands. [...] talks between Malloy's staff and legislative leaders reportedly are focusing on eliminating the commissioner's authority when reconstituting a low-achieving school, eliminating t ...
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All Saints: Graduation Took A Heavy Toll - The Ledger
Google News - over 5 years
JR Williams also will figure at running back and receiver. Three new players to the team, Reggie Evans, Will Cleggett and Dwight Drayton, could also make an impact as Wright described them as athletes. Austin Lindsey, a returning player, will step into
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2011 US Open Women's Preview- The return of the Giants - TennisEarth.com
Google News - over 5 years
Williams proved her mettle against the most in-form players in the circuit this year including her victor at SW19, Marion Bartoli and arch rival Maria Sharapova, who was, in her own words, quite excited to take on the Jr. Williams (only to suffer a
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Focuses, Young Guns Head for Concord, Irwindale; Custer, Hunter, Lamb, Irvan ... - WhoWon.com
Google News - over 5 years
1-Jim Waters-748; 2-Chuck Groat-618; 3-Austin Luttmer-577; 4-Jeff Kelley-464; 5-Gregg Fuette-441; 6-Ron Duncombe-424; 7-JR Williams-422; 8-Jessica Clark-386; 9-Brandon White-342; 10-Michael Daniels-341
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Stanley, Concord, LVMS, Kalamazoo All Set for Focuses; Drake, Mcgee, Rankine ... - WhoWon.com
Google News - over 5 years
1-Jim Waters-653; 2-Chuck Groat-618; 3-Austin Luttmer-577; 4-Jeff Kelley-464; 5-Gregg Fuette-441; 6-Ron Duncombe-424; 7-JR Williams-366; 8-Michael Daniels-341; 9-Jessica Clark-296; 10-Guy Sainsbury-259
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Elmwick Kitkat leads large sheep section at Burwarton - Farmers Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Texel (JR Williams, Craven Arms) Sup., DI Jones; res., AJ Meredith. Beltex (R. Williams, Herefordshire) Sup. and res., S. and S. Gibbons. Suffolk (R. Belcher, Shropshire) Sup., BJ Rodenhurst; res., PM Fletcher. Charollais (A. Thomas, Leicestershire)
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Sea Pines boards considering options to pay for dredging - Hilton Head Island Packet
Google News - over 5 years
Some Calibogue Cay residents have threatened to sue, should that be done, potentially prolonging dredging at Harbour Town, said Town Councilman George Williams Jr. Williams, who lives in Sea Pines, declined to name those residents
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Kidnapping case is dropped - Hernando Today
Google News - over 5 years
25 kidnapping of Larry Williams Jr. Williams, 23, died from an apparent suicide in May. With no victim, the State Attorney's Office had no choice but to drop the case, said prosecutor Jason Smith. "It's heartbreaking because in my mind I'm convinced
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USAC Western/Utah Ford Focus Results from Rocky Mountain Raceways - WhoWon.com
Google News - over 5 years
Daniels, 2. Duncombe, 3. Luttmer, 4. Torgerson. NT FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Michael Daniels, 2. Chuck Groat, 3. Gregg Fuette, 4. Ron Duncombe, 5. Jeff Kelley, 6. Austin Luttmer, 7. Jim Waters, 8. Cheyenne Torgerson, 9. JR Williams, 10. Guy Sainsbury. NT
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Paul Williams vs. Erislandy Lara: Round-by-Round Updates and Analysis - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Several boxers have declined fights with him, including Floyd Mayweather Jr. Williams is also coming off a devastating knockout loss in his rematch with Sergio Martinez. Before that, he had defeated all of his opponents and avenged his only loss
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Donald E. Williams, Jr.
    FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 53
    Gaffey pled guilty to campaign finance violations in January 2011 and resigned his seat. http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-gaffey-guilty-plea-0104-20110103,,4867968.story
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  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 48
    In 2006 he was at the forefront of legislation that banned the sale of soda and other unhealthy beverages in schools.
    More Details Hide Details That very same bill tripled the funding for schools to provide healthier alternatives for students. On the school nutrition bill he was aligned with Meriden Democrat Thomas Gaffey who also favored banning soda and snack food from Connecticut public schools. Many parents have derided this bill as the "cupcake bill" and consider it an affront to parental responsibility, as local schools have told children not to bring in sweets for birthday parties. In March 2008 New Haven schools enforced this law by suspending an eighth grader for selling a classmate Skittles. In May 2008 a principal in Greenwich was suspended in a dispute over bringing cupcakes to school. Williams is a strong supporter of higher education, including the UCONN 2000 and UCONN 21st Century initiatives that dramatically improved the buildings and campus of the University of Connecticut. In addition, he supported the CSU 2020 program that will provide the same support for the state university system. In approving the legislation, Governor M. Jodi Rell said, "If there is a crown jewel in this bonding bill, it is the program that will continue the glorious transformation of higher education in Connecticut. That transformation began with ‘UConn 2000’ and continues today with ‘CSU 2020.’"
    Some of Williams' proposals were controversial and were not adopted. In 2006 he was criticized after proposing to regulate speech in political ads, which was considered an attack on the First Amendment.
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  • 2005
    Age 47
    In 2005 he was able to provide millions of dollars to preserve farmland and open space, protect historic sites, and increase the supply of affordable housing in northeastern Connecticut.
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    He has been reelected to this post twice, in 2005 and 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He serves as the Chair of the Legislative Management Committee and Vice-Chair of the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee. He is Co-Chair of the Barack Obama for President Connecticut Leadership Council. Senator Williams has spearheaded a variety of initiatives in the areas of campaign finance reform, ethics reform, protection of children and environmental protection and preservation. As chairman of the Environment Committee he led the charge to clean up power plants (referred to as the “Sooty Six”) that pollute Connecticut’s air. He also initiated efforts to preserve the state’s natural water resources, fishing and shellfish industry in Long Island Sound. He has also been recognized for his efforts to help protect Connecticut farmers. He has also served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, where he authored legislation creating both the Office of the Child Advocate and the Office of the Victim Advocate in addition to his many efforts to prevent domestic violence.
  • 2004
    Age 46
    In July 2004, Senator Williams was elected to serve as the President Pro Tempore, the highest-ranking legislator in the Connecticut General Assembly.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 22
    Senator Williams was the News and Public Affairs Director for WINY radio in Putnam, Connecticut, from 1980 to 1983.
    More Details Hide Details He practiced law at the firm of Boland, Saint Onge and Brouillard. He was also the Law Review Research Editor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. He served on the Board of Directors on HealthNet, Inc., the Northeast Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, the Quinebaug Valley Youth and Family Services, as the Chair of the Northeast Economic Alliance, and as Chair of the Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born in 1957.
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