Kim Rose has been serving as your State Representative for the 118th Assembly District at the State Capitol since 2011 and is now on her second term. She is the Vice Chairman of the Housing Committee and serves on the Select Committee on Veteran’s Affairs. She previously served on the Select Committee on Children, Environment and Planning & Development Committees. In addition, Representative Rose is a member of the Shoreline Preservation Task Force.
Kim has a long history and connection with Milford. Her paternal grandparents moved to the city in the 1950’s and opened the “Hunter Motel”, which was located on Post Road directly across the street from the Connecticut Post Mall. Kim’s mother graduated from the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall. Kim was born in Milford, and when her family decided to relocate to Derby when she was just a child, her love for Milford and all it had to offer drew her back to spend the summers at her Godfather’s house on Laurel Beach. Always longing to return to Milford, Kim moved back just before the birth of her first child, Crystal.
Kim had a deep desire to become more involved in Milford’s future. She opened an antique store in Downtown called “Grandma’s Attic,” and co-founded the Downtown Milford Business Association, where she also served as Vice President. With extensive expertise in event planning, she also owned and managed a catering business, as well as a bridal store, and worked at the Milford Citizen newspaper.
Kim has two wonderful children. Her daughter, Crystal, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Chemistry from the Honor’s College at Southern Connecticut State University and is a graduate of Quinnipiac University. She is a Physician Assistant in the ED at Manchester Hospital. Crystal was married in May of 2013 to Foran High School Graduate, Dashiell Anderson.
Kim’s second child, Casey, served a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan and was a Sergeant with the Connecticut Army National Guard. Kim, a Blue Star Mom, values our Veterans and knows firsthand the sacrifices and strain placed on the families left at home. She is a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Devon Post 7788 and has served as its Jr. Vice President for four consecutive years.
When Kim’s children were young, she was an active mother at Saint Gabriel School, where she started their largest fundraiser to date: “Goods and Services Auction”, which is still being held every year since. She also joined the Milford Irish Heritage Society and the Milford Newcomers’ Club, where she was elected President in only her second year as a member.
Representative Rose is also a member of Milford Elks Lodge #1589 and is an original board member to the Boys & Girls Club of Milford. She is an advisor to the Walnut Beach Association and a member of the defunct Devon Revitalization Committee.
In pursuit of aggressively conserving and preserving our State’s wonderful scenic areas, such as Silver Sand Beach, throughout Kim’s adult life, she spent a significant amount of time working on several different projects. She helped to reduce the number of units at a condominium complex, where the health and safety of her neighbors was in jeopardy. She also worked on stopping the over-development of Milford’s last large undeveloped parcel at Eisenhower Park, and organized her neighbors to stop a recycling facility from becoming operational at 990 Naugatuck Avenue.
With a passion for serving her community, in 2007, Kim decided that she wanted to do more to represent her neighbors. She successfully ran for the Planning and Zoning Board and proudly serviced the 3rd District, while fighting for smart development and conservation. She was elected Vice-Chair in 2008 and 2009, and was instrumental in getting the Planning and Zoning meetings televised.
Kim has a long and distinguished history of public service to the residents of Milford and looks forward to helping to make not only Milford, but also the State of Connecticut a better place to work and to live.