HARTFORD — U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced on Tuesday that the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) and the National Education Association (NEA) endorsed him for reelection to the U.S. Senate. CEA and NEA advocate for teachers and public education, and their members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs.
“My mother was a teacher, my wife works in education, and my two boys are in elementary school—education is personal for me. I’ve been proud to fight for teachers in the Senate. There’s a lot at stake. Connecticut teachers have told me they adamantly oppose the Trump administration’s plan to gut education funding and arm teachers in classrooms. I’m proud to have the endorsement of CEA and NEA, and I’m committed to continuing to fight for our schools,” said Murphy.
“I am happy to ask our members and all Connecticut voters to support Senator Murphy, who received CEA’s Honor Roll designation, awarded for his distinguished commitment, leadership, action, and advocacy on behalf of teachers and public education,” said CEA President Jeff Leake. “We were proud to advance his name as an NEA recommended candidate, recognizing his commitment to advancing student opportunity and quality public education for students in all of our diverse communities. We stood proudly with Senator Murphy as he denounced Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ plan to use federal funds to arm teachers and will continue to stand with him to fight for our rights and legislation that strengthens our public schools.”
“Educators proudly support Sen. Chris Murphy’s reelection to continue to represent the great state of Connecticut in Washington,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “Time and again Sen. Murphy’s track record has shown that he shares the same values that educators, students, and their families want and expect from those serving them in Congress. Whether pushing back against the Trump administration’s efforts to arm educators or holding U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos accountable for her actions, we are confident that he will continue to staunchly fight to make sure educators have a voice and seat at the table to not only create strong public schools but to move the country forward.”