Why She Matters
Elizabeth Esty was born in Oak Park, Ill., and raised in Minnesota. She currently resides in Cheshire, Conn. She received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a law degree from Yale University. While in college she volunteered for Planned Parenthood. Esty worked as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Robert Keetonin in the District of Massachusetts, before working as a private attorney at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C. She has said her work included writing legal briefs defending women's reproductive rights in several cases before the Supreme Court. Esty also worked as an adjunct professor in the Justice, Law, and Society Program at American University. She also was a self-employed health care policy consultant. She worked as a research scholar for Yale University, focusing on health care policy. Esty served on the Cheshire Town Council and she served one term in the Connecticut House, from 2009 to 2011. Esty and her husband, Dan, a Yale University professor and the commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection under Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy, have three children.