People

Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. worked with many people over the course of his political career. This page contains biographical information on Governor Weicker, Mrs. Weicker, and a sampling of the key people who served on Weicker's staff.


Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.

Lowell Weicker was born in 1931 in Paris, France. He graduated from the Lawrenceville School in 1949, Yale University in 1953, and the University of Virginia Law School in 1958. He served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant from 1953 to 1955, and in the Army Reserve from 1958 to 1964.

Weicker began his political career in 1962 when he was elected to the Connecticut General Assembly. He was re-elected twice, and served concurrently as first selectman of Greenwich from 1964 to 1968. In 1968 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Connecticut's 4th District. He was elected to the Senate in 1970 and re-elected in 1976 and 1982. More


Claudia T. Weicker

Claudia Testa Weicker was born to second-generation Italian parents and was raised in Connecticut. From an early age, politics was a part of her home life. She recalls:

“One of the earliest memories I have was a political conversation between my mother and father about the 1952 Presidential election…he was for Stevenson and my mother was for Eisenhower. In our home, dinner time was when these conversations took place and they always seemed to have time for our opinions as we were growing up.”

Engagement in political conversation and exposure to politics fueled her interest in active participation. Her first involvement in politics was during the 1960 Presidential election, in which she volunteered at the Kennedy headquarters. There she worked for the Kennedy campaign by stuffing envelopes, attending phone banks, and passing out campaign literature. Throughout high school and college Claudia continued to work in local elections and offer her services whenever possible. She was, and remains, a Democrat. More


Geoffrey Baker

Geoffrey Baker worked in several different capacities for Senator Weicker from 1972 to 1982. Born in New York City, Baker grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. As a boy he attended the Country Day School, prep school, then Stanford University. Baker earned his law degree from Georgetown University while working as a Committee aide. Knowing he wanted to spend time on the Hill, Baker became involved with Weicker, his congressional representative, through summer internships. More


Richard J. Balducci

Richard J. Balducci’s political career began with his election in 1974 to the State House of Representatives from the 27th District. He was appointed Assistant Majority Leader in 1981, Assistant Minority Leader in 1985, Deputy Majority Leader for the 1987–88 term, and finally, Speaker of the House for two terms beginning in 1989. During his career in the House, he also chaired several key committees, including Energy (1977–78), Labor (1979–80), and the Screening Committee (1987–88). Not wishing to break the two-term tradition for Speaker of the House, Balducci resigned his House seat, then ran successfully for the 9th District Senate seat in 1992. In 1994 he was a Democratic candidate for Governor. More


Maureen Byrnes

Maureen Byrnes worked as a congressional aide for Senator Weicker through the 1980s. Byrnes received her undergraduate degree in English from Le Moyne College in New York and a master’s in Public Administration at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 1981, she became executive director of a crisis intervention center called Hassle House in Durham. Reagan budget cuts in the early 80s, however, eliminated funding for the center and sent Byrnes to Washington, D.C., for the Presidential Management Internship program. As a PMI she worked for the Justice Department on various related issues, and later would work for Weicker’s office on loan from the Justice Department. She left the PMI program to serve as a legislative assistant to Lowell Weicker on transportation issues. While in this role from 1983-85, Byrnes dealt directly with Amtrak budget issues and staffed Senator Weicker on hearings that included then Secretary of Transportation, Elizabeth Dole. More


William J. Cibes, Jr.

William (Bill) Cibes was born in Kansas and grew up as a self-described “farm boy.” He attended the University of Kansas and Princeton University before beginning his tenure at Connecticut College in 1969. In 1972 he decided to get involved in politics and became active in the Democratic Party. By 1974, Cibes contemplated a run for state representative, but instead served on the local board of education. In 1978 he was elected to the House of Representatives in Connecticut, where he served for the next 12 years. More


Thomas D’Amore

Thomas D’Amore first worked in politics for former Connecticut Governor Thomas Meskill. In 1975 he left politics and returned to private life and the insurance and real estate business he founded. He came back to politics to manage Senator Lowell Weicker’s 1982 re-election campaign in which Weicker defeated Prescott Bush for the Republican nomination, then defeated Democrat Toby Moffett in the general election.  More


Robert J. Dotchin

Robert J. Dotchin is a former Staff Director of the U.S. Committee on Small Business and served a total of 17 years on Capitol Hill. A Connecticut native, he has been involved in politics since a very young age. He majored in political science in college, served as an intern in the House Assembly in the State of Connecticut, and ran a summer intern program for Senator Weicker after graduating from the University of Connecticut. Following graduate school, Dotchin joined the Senator’s legislative operation in January 1973, only to be thrown into the high-profile Watergate controversy. More


John Doyle

John Doyle served in a number of legislative support positions for Senator Weicker, both in the U.S. Senate and in the Connecticut executive office. In Congress, Doyle worked as majority staff director for Senator Weicker, also serving as majority staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on the Handicapped. In this position, Doyle worked for a variety of measures, most notably the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), cosponsored by both Senator Weicker and Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. More


Kimberly Elliott

Kimberly Elliott began her work with Lowell Weicker in 1980 through the Committee on Small Business under Gaylord Nelson (D-WI). With the Republican takeover of 1980, Nelson had to relinquish the chairmanship of the Committee, and Weicker’s staff director, Bob Dotchin, asked Elliott to join the Weicker legislative staff. Elliott began her work for Weicker as a translator, due to her mastery of multiple languages, and worked on getting federal contracts to minority owners of small businesses and small businesses in general. More


Meredith Fauls

Meredith Fauls was a staffer for Senator Lowell Weicker, serving as the special assistant on the Budget, Communications, and Foreign Policy committees. Fauls began working in Weicker’s office in the early 1980s and was primarily concerned with administrative, foreign policy, and business issues during her tenure. Her work was structured by Weicker’s chairmanship of the Senate Small Business Committee, where Weicker pursued many of his legislative goals while opposing Reagan Administration budgetary cuts to his favorite federal programs.  More


Timothy R. Osborn

Timothy R. Osborn served Lowell Weicker on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Born in Tampa, Florida, Osborn graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Marine Biology and a secondary degree in Science Education in 1981. From there he went on to graduate from Louisiana State University in 1985 with a M.S. in Marine Sciences and a master’s in Public Administration. From 1985–86, Osborn participated in the NOAA Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. The Sea Grant Program, which became a focus for Senator Weicker and staff aide Bob Wicklund, led Osborn to join the Weicker staff in 1986. More


H. William Shure

H. William Shure was born in 1940 in New Haven, Connecticut. After graduating from Dartmouth College and receiving his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1964, Shure returned to Connecticut to practice law with Sachs, Sachs Giaimo & Sachs, specializing mainly in bankruptcy and commercial cases. Shure became deeply involved in Connecticut politics, and after meeting Lowell Weicker in 1970, served as part-time manager of the Weicker office in New Haven and in the role of campaign lieutenant. More


Steven Snider

Steven Snider, born September 6, 1953, is a native of Topeka, Kansas. Snider attended the University of Maryland, where he earned his B.A. in urban studies in 1975. From there he went on to be a newspaper reporter in Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. Snider continued his career as a special assistant to Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass), and served as Communications Director for Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich). More


Stanley A. Twardy, Jr.

Stanley Twardy worked in several capacities for Lowell Weicker From 1977 to 1993. He attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, graduating in 1973 with a degree in physics. He attended law school at the University of Virginia and graduated in 1976. In 1977, Twardy began working for Weicker on the Small Business Committee. During his time on the Committee, Twardy dealt with tax privacy matters, the Ethics and Government Act, the Chrysler bailout in 1979, Section 8(a), and general small business issues. More


Jane E. West, Ph.D.

Jane E. West served as senior policy analyst for the Presidential Commission on the HIV Epidemic under President Ronald Reagan and was staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy under the leadership of Senator Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., of Connecticut. In that capacity she shepherded the reauthorization of several laws, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, and the Developmental Disabilities Act. More


Robert I. Wicklund

Robert I. Wicklund worked as a legislative aide for Senator Lowell Weicker on oceans and environmental issues, as well as working on policy related to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A native of Highlands, New Jersey, Wicklund had no formal education beyond secondary school. He worked in a government marine lab where he was taken under the wing of the director, and after eight years at the lab, he had become the scientific dive officer and had already published over 20 papers. More