About John Shaban
John Shaban proudly served as the State Representative for the 135th General Assembly District (Easton, Redding and Weston) from 2011 to 2017 (three terms). He served as the Ranking House Member of the legislature’s Environment Committee, and as a member of the Judiciary Committee and Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee. He did not run for reelection in 2016, opting instead to run for US Congress.
“I will continue to focus on sensible solutions rather than symbolic gestures” Shaban said. “While many in Hartford are great at spotting problems, too few pursue the fiscal policies needed to solve them. Talk is cheap, but great schools, good roads and a clean environment are not.”
State Rep Shaban was an active leader in the fight against wasteful government spending, unpredictable tax and regulatory policies that inhibit job growth, and unfunded state and federal mandates. Throughout his service in the State’s House of Representatives, Shaban helped prepare alternative budget proposals designed to reduce state spending while tackling Connecticut’s crippling unfunded pension liabilities. “Our State’s poor fiscal policies have eroded our home values, job market and tax base,” said Shaban. “We can still dig ourselves out, but we need prudent leadership to change our course.”
Shaban continues to advocate for greater local control of education and land use, and opposes forced regionalization of schools and services. “Our communities thrive when we lead and govern at the local level first.” He also seeks the creation of a Special Transportation Fund Trustee “to protect the people’s money from political shell games” and thereby avoid tolls.
While serving in the House, Shaban championed legislation to: establish greater local control over cell tower placement (HB 6520); create the Small Business Express Program (PA 12-123); 2 Shaban For State Rep secure mandate relief for high-performing schools (PA 13-108); provide tax relief for families of fallen first responders (PA 13-204); help unemployed veterans (PA 13-63); and expand early childhood education and reading initiatives (PA 14-39, 15-137). As an environmental lawyer and House leader on the Environment Committee, Shaban also helped draft and pass legislation to: secure more open space (PA 12-152); create the State’s GMO labeling paradigm (PA 13-183); draft fracking waste controls (PA 14-200); require micro bead and pesticide phase outs (PA 15-5); launch the Long Island Sound Blue Plan (PA 15-66); and create several brownfield remediation programs (PA 14-88, 16-115).
After leaving office in 2017, Shaban served on the Board of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, Best Buddies International and several other charitable organizations. He also serves as an advisor to Needs Clearing House and Child Advocates of SW Connecticut.
Before being elected to the Connecticut General Assembly, Shaban was the Chairman of the Redding Water Pollution Control Commission, managing the construction and operation of a $12 million plant as part of the Georgetown Wire Mill Redevelopment. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Redding Zoning Commission, and is currently a member of the Redding Republican Town Committee.
Shaban is a 26-year practicing attorney, specializing in commercial and corporate litigation, and has an Environmental Law Degree. He is admitted in Connecticut and New York, all of the local federal courts, and the United States Supreme Court. Shaban has an “AV” peer and judicial rating (highest ethics and skills ranking), is a member of the ABA and Connecticut Bar Association, served as a Fact Finder/Arbitrator for the Connecticut Judicial Branch, and is a FINRA Arbitrator. He has been honored multiple times for his pro bono service.
A former semi-pro football player, Shaban is still a coach for, and the former President of, the Aspetuck Wildcats Association youth football and cheer (Easton, Redding, Weston) and guided his 2008 team to an AYF National Championship in the seventh grade division. Shaban is also the founder and president of Athletes in the Community, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on teaching underprivileged children to transfer their athletic efforts toward improving their education and life skills.
Shaban was born in Brooklyn, New York, has three sons, and has lived in Redding for 18 years.