Connecticut Senator Honored by Goodwill® For His Support of Workforce Development and Education Priorities

U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.) is one out of nine members of Congress who received a Goodwill Industries International Policymaker Leader Award this week. The award honors elected officials who support Goodwill’s public policy agenda. Awardees were announced on Thursday, April 19 at Goodwill’s annual advocacy event in Washington, DC.
Nominated by Goodwill of Southern New England (New Haven, CT), Sen. Murphy was selected because of his strong influence on committees with jurisdiction over key priorities that align with those of Goodwill, including workforce development and education support. He serves on Senate Appropriations Committee, including the subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies, and serves on Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. He has worked to make college more affordable and to ensure that the Connecticut public education system serves all students.
During his time in the House of Representatives, Sen. Murphy worked to improve access to housing for veterans who are homeless, foster job creation, and advocate for affordable healthcare for all Americans. He also authored the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act to revitalize housing programs for people with disabilities. The bill was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, demonstrating long-term support for issues affecting people with disabilities.
“Senator Murphy’s work in New Haven and the larger state of Connecticut aligns with the work that Goodwill of Southern New England is doing in the community,” said Richard Borer Jr., president and CEO at Goodwill of Southern New England. “We are both working to improve conditions and quality of life, and it’s always great to have a senator on our side.”
Since 1902, Goodwill has been helping people find jobs, build their financial stability, earn paychecks, and enhance their skills. This work has helped millions of people build their careers and experience the pride and sense of community that work brings.