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Representative Prasad Srinivasan, Connecticut

 

Dr. Prasad Srinivasan, an allergist, is a long time resident of the town of Glastonbury, and is currently serving his third term as the town’s state representative. He is a member of the General Assembly’s Public Health; Finance Revenue & Bonding; and Planning & Development committees.

As the only physician in the state legislature, Representative Srinivasan partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to lead the charge in order to raise the state’s tobacco purchase age to 21. Knowing that 56,000 Connecticut kids now under the age of 18 will eventually die prematurely from their own tobacco use, he introduced legislation this session (https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2016&bill_num=290that if passed would have accomplished raising the purchase age and thus made it more difficult for minors to get tobacco products on their own.

In order to better educate the media and other legislators about raising the tobacco purchase age, Representative Srinivasan also organized a press conference at the Capitol in March (https://cthousegop.com/2016/03/76293/). The press conference was well attended by media and brought together legislators from both sides of the aisle, as well as a coalition of advocates in support. Unfortunately the legislation did not pass this year, but he will again lead the charge in January at the start of the 2017 legislative session.

In addition to being a physician and a legislator, Representative Srinivasan is at heart a family man. He has been married to his wife for 33 years, Mrs. Kala Prasad, who is a professional musician. He also has two children. His son Dr. Sashank Prasad, is on Faculty at Harvard Medical School. His daughter, Ms. Anusha Prasad Rodriguez, is a graduate of MIT and Wharton, and currently works for Citibank in NY.

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