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.