Biography

Representative Sean Scanlon was elected November 4, 2014, to the Connecticut General Assembly and is serving his third term.

The son of a police officer and small business owner, Sean learned the values of public service and hard work at a young age. After graduating from Guilford Public Schools and Boston College, he worked as a Victim Advocate in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office before joining the staff of Senator Chris Murphy in 2009. 

During his first term, Sean led the legislature's effort to combat Connecticut's opioid epidemic and became a leading voice on issues of mental health and addiction. In 2015 he co-sponsored Public Act 15-198, a landmark law that required education for doctors and other prescribers on prescription drug abuse, cracked down on "doctor shopping" for prescription drugs, and allowed pharmacists to prescribe life-saving anti-overdose drugs like Narcan over the counter. In 2016 Sean wrote and sponsored legislation making Connecticut the second state in the nation to limit first-time opioid prescriptions to a seven day supply with exemptions for chronic pain as a way of reducing the number of unused and expired drugs in our communities. 

At the start of his second term in 2017, Sean was appointed House chairman of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee. As co-chairman, Sean has written and passed legislation protecting people with pre-existing conditions from insurance discrimination, requiring health insurance plans to cover ten "Essential Health Benefits" such as maternity care and hospital visits, creating Connecticut's first prescription drug price transparency law requiring drug companies to justify large price increases, and instituting the first insurance and consumer safety standards for ride-share services like Uber and Lyft. 

In addition to serving as the House chair of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, Sean serves on the Public Health, and Finance, Revenue and Bonding committees. He lives in Guilford with his wife Meghan, son Jack and dog Delaney.