Bachelor of Science in Education, Center Connecticut State University, 1971.
High School teacher, 1972—1977. Partner Larson & Lysik Insurance, 1977—1990. Member Connecticut State Senate, 1983—1994, president pro tempore, 1987—1995.
Member United States Congress from 1st Connecticut district, since 1999, United States House Ways & Means Committee, since 2005, United States House Select Committee on Energy Independence & Global Warming. Member East Hartford Town Council, 1979—1983, East Hartford Board Education, 1978—1979. Founder, chair ConneCT96 Project, 1996.
Vice chairman United States House Democratic Caucus, 2007—2009, chairman, since 2009. Founder Tactical Air Caucus. Member Coalition Autism Research & Education, Homeland Security Task Force, Democratic Steering Committee, Liveable Communities Task Force, Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucus, New Democratic Coalition, National Guard & Reserve Components Caucus.
Co-chair Digital Divide Caucus, Former State Legislation Leaders Working Grp.
Member of Hartford Club.
Married Leslie Best, October 20, 1981. Children: Carolyn, Laura, Raymond.