About Brenda Kupchick
Prior to being elected as Fairfield's First Selectwoman, Brenda served as State Representative of the 132nd District, representing the people of Fairfield and Southport. She was re-elected to her fifth term in November 2018.
Brenda Kupchick was re-elected to her fifth term representing the people of the 132nd District in Fairfield and Southport on November 2018. Brenda served on the legislature’s committees on the Transportation, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and the Housing committee. Brenda is also a member of the Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Legislative Caucus, the Bipartisan Fire and EMS Caucus, School Safety Working Group and is Co-Chair of the Animal Welfare Caucus.
During her tenure, she served on the legislature’s Transportation, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Housing, Public Safety, General Law, Education, Program Review & Investigation committees. She was appointed Whip and joined the leadership team of House Leader Themis Klarides in 2016.
Brenda also served as a member of the Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Legislative Caucus, the Bipartisan Fire and EMS Caucus, the School Safety Working Group, and was CoChair of the Animal Welfare Caucus. Brenda received the Humane Legislator of the year award from the Humane Society of the United States, and an award from Keep the Promise Coalition for her work on Mental Health.
Prior to her time as a state legislator, Brenda served as Constituent Services Representative for U.S. Congressman Christopher Shays (2002-2009) and in Constituent Services and Public Affairs, for State Senator John McKinney (2009-2011).
Brenda and her husband, Peter have owned and operated Peter Kupchick Heating & Cooling, Inc. for nearly 30 years and have one adult son, Peter.
About Brian Farnen
Brian Farnen is a recognized leader in clean energy and was recently named the best in-house attorney in the state by the CT Law Tribune for his role as General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of the Connecticut Green Bank, the nation’s first green bank. This green bank model is now being replicated across the globe as a bipartisan approach to confront climate change, create job opportunities and promote the clean energy economy by attracting private capital investment.
He has also been appointed to various boards domestically and internationally based on his experience in the clean energy sector. Prior to the Green Bank, Brian was a senior attorney for Sikorsky Aircraft where he provided legal counsel for the international sale of the American made Black Hawk helicopter, as well as Sikorsky’s global environmental matters.
Brian grew up in Naugatuck Valley in a working class family, who instilled in him the value of a strong work ethic and the importance of education. He and his siblings were first generation college graduates who all went on to earn multiple degrees.
Brian received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut. He then went on to earn both his Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Connecticut School of Law and School of Business, respectively. He is currently an adjunct professor at Fairfield University and the University of Connecticut teaching business law, environmental law, and ethics.
Brian was State Representative of the 132nd District in 2020 during the early days of the pandemic hosting food and mask drives and helping constituents with small business loan assistance.
He has also previously served as an RTM member for 4 terms. As an elected official, Brian actively fought for lower taxes for working families and those on a fixed income, increased public safety initiatives for a safer Fairfield and protecting local control over education and zoning.