Appointed by the House on January 18, 2006 (first term); Reappointed March 1, 2012 (second term).
Barbara B. Kennelly is President of Barbara Kennelly Associates and is a Distinguished Professor at Trinity University. She served as President of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare from 2002-2011. Congresswoman Kennelly served seventeen years in the United States House of Representatives, representing the First District of Connecticut. During her Congressional career, Congresswoman Kennelly was the first woman elected to serve as the Vice-Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, the first woman to serve on the House Committee on Intelligence, the first woman to serve as Chief Majority Whip, and the third woman in history to serve on the 200-year-old Ways and Means Committee. During the 105th Congress, she was the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Social Security. Prior to her election to Congress, she was the Secretary of State of Connecticut. After serving in Congress, Congresswoman Kennelly was appointed to the position of Counselor to the Commissioner at SSA. As Counselor, Congresswoman Kennelly worked closely with Commissioner Kenneth S. Apfel and members of Congress to inform and educate the American people on the choices they face to ensure solvency of Social Security. She served on the Policy Committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. Congresswoman Kennelly received a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College, Washington, D.C. She earned a certificate from the Harvard Business School on completion of the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Government from Trinity College, Hartford. First term of office: January 2006 to September 2011. Current term of office: March 2012 to September 2017.