CPPSR welcomes former Senator Eileen Daily

as Holder of the O’Neill Endowed Chair

in Public Policy and Practical Politics

April 2014: The Board of Regents of Higher Education of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities  system has named former State Senator Eileen M. Daily as the Holder of the O’Neill Endowed Chair, housed in CPPSR at CCSU. 

Senator Daily  served as a state Senator in the Connecticut General Assembly from 1993 through 2012. She represented the residents of twelve towns along the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound shoreline.

Senator Daily served five terms as co-chair of the budget-writing Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee and had been appointed a Deputy President Pro Tempore of the Senate. During her previous five terms, Senator Daily co-chaired the legislature’s Environment Committee, Program Review and Investigations Committee, Planning and Development Committee, or Public Safety and Security Committee.

Senator Daily had concurrent responsibility throughout her 20-year tenure as either vice-chair or member of almost every committee of the General Assembly.

At the national level, Senator Daily served on the Fiscal Chairs Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Long active in her community, Daily was First Selectwoman in Westbrook from 1983 to 1989, a member of the Westbrook Board of Selectmen from 1989 to 1991, and served on the Westbrook Board of Education from 1976 to 1983. Throughout her career in public service Daily’s focus remained local in the way she personally helped residents, businesses, groups, and governments in each constituency she represented.


Since 1985, Daily has been a member of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Commission. The Senator also serves on the Board of Directors of the Valley Shore YMCA and the Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council. 

Among Daily’s more significant accomplishments as Senator, she helped secure funding for erosion control and other improvements to the Lyman Viaduct in Colchester, and continued to monitor that environmentally sensitive project. She also successfully promoted the protection of the striking Eight Mile River Watershed within the national Wild and Scenic River system.

Senator Daily was instrumental in negotiating the components of and funding for an innovative and comprehensive industrial wastewater treatment facility in Clinton, and likewise helped bring parties together on a plan to provide Westbrook with a new train station and public works garage.

Senator Daily has twice been selected to visit foreign countries to help on local matters there. Her visit to Ireland was with a national Catholic / Protestant team that traveled almost exclusively in Northern Ireland, meeting primarily with residents and local leaders on their peacekeeping efforts. 

In the fall of 2004 Senator Daily was part of a 15-member trade delegation from the National Foundation of Women Legislators to tour the Kingdom of Bahrain. That country is best known as the Gateway to the Persian Gulf and has had friendly relations with the United States for more than 100 years. The main focus of the Senator’s trip that time was to assist women – who had just secured the right to vote – and help them prepare to run in local elections.

Senator Daily and her husband Jim have lived in Westbrook for over 30 years. They have two grown children – Jeff and Amy.
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