BLOOMFIELD – State Representative David Baram who is running for re-election in of the 15th House District (Bloomfield/Windsor) has won the endorsement of the Sierra Club of CT and the League of Conservation Voters of CT (LCVCT) for his efforts to protect the environment. Baram authored and negotiated the Recreational Land Use Bill, which grants limited immunity to municipalities from frivolous law suits, so that open space like the MDC Reservoir can remain open for public enjoyment. He was designated by LCVCT as one of its “Legislative Champions.” He was also recognized by the CT Forest and Park Association for his Recreation Bill.
Baram, who is currently running for re-election, has often been cited for his efforts on behalf of the greater Hartford Jewish community. A past president of the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT) and Beth Hillel Synagogue of Bloomfield, a past chairman of the Jewish Community Relations Council, and a member of the JCC Board, Baram keeps in close touch with Jewish leaders to make sure that priorities of the Jewish community are represented and addressed in the legislature.
His accomplishments on behalf of the Jewish community include:
• Gained approval in the House of legislation he proposed prohibiting state contracts with entities making certain investments in Iran.
• Supported expansion of the Neighborhood Assistance Act that allows corporations to get tax deductions for donations to nonprofits.
• Gained passage of legislation making genocide and Holocaust education a public education curricula option.
• Included religious discrimination in the racial profiling legislation.
• Introduced the Israeli Emissaries to the House and arranged for the Israeli flag to fly over the state Capitol building for Israel Independence Day.
• Helped author and pass legislation allowing nonprofits to sponsor raffles and offer discount coupons as part of the raffle promotion.
• Lobbied legislative leaders to include trade with Israel as a state priority and is advocating a trade mission to Israel.
• Worked with JFACT to persuade Governor Malloy to save the CT-Israel Exchange Commission (CONNIX) from being eliminated in the agency streamlining legislation.
Baram is a managing member of the Bloomfield law firm of Baram, Tapper & Gans, LLC. He previously served as mayor of Bloomfield, chairman of the Capitol Region Council of Governments, and president of the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce. He is currently chairman of the Bloomfield Center Fire District Board of Commissioners. He lives in Bloomfield with his wife Paula. His two grown sons currently reside in Los Angeles, Calif.