About John Shaban

State Representative John Shaban has proudly served the 135th General Assembly District communities of Easton, Redding and Weston since November 2010. He is the Ranking House Member of the legislature’s Environment Committee, and a member of the Judiciary Committee and Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee.

Now in his third two-year term, John has tackled a variety of issues. As the Ranking Member on the Environment Committee, and an environmental lawyer, he has pushed for sound environmental policies, including banning the use of microbeads in consumer products, promoting the Long Island Sound Blue Plan, and promoting the clean-up of contaminated properties. He has been a steadfast supporter of education reform, and of providing municipalities more control over their own affairs such as cell tower placement and local school management.  

In 2011, 2013 and 2015, John joined with other Republicans to create the “no tax increase” budget as an alternative to the Democrats’ glutinous spending plans and historic multi-billion dollar tax increases. He has been active in the fight against wasteful government spending, and opposing our current unpredictable tax a regulatory environment that continues to inhibit job growth.

John also served his constituents in the aftermath of the last two major storms, first helping his towns manage their response, and then pushing for greater accountability and transparency for utility companies and crisis management leaders. He has also gained notoriety for his efforts to reinstitute required financial oversight of continuing care retirement communities, tax relief for seniors, and state aid for fallen first responders.

Shaban graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1988 and earned a Juris Doctorate (cum laude) at Pace University School of Law in 1993 with an ABA Environmental Law Certificate. When he is not at the Capitol, Shaban works as a partner at Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan in Greenwich as a commercial litigator, with an emphasis on construction disputes, intellectual property protection, securities litigation, corporate governance disputes, employment issues and environmental and energy law. He is an “AV” rated attorney (highest level of skill and ethics) and admitted to practice in the Connecticut and New York state and federal courts, and the United States Supreme Court.

Shaban has been honored multiple times for his pro bono service and has served as a fact finder/arbitrator for the Connecticut Judicial Branch as a FINRA arbitrator.

Before being elected to the Connecticut General Assembly, Shaban served as the chairman of the Redding Water Pollution Control Commission, managing the construction and operation of a $12 million plant as part of the Georgetown Wire Mill Redevelopment, and as vice chairman of the Redding Zoning Commission. He is currently a member of the Redding Republican Town Committee.

Shaban is also the founder and president of Athletes in the Community, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on teaching underprivileged children to transfer their athletic efforts toward improving their education and life skills.

A former semi-pro football player, Shaban is now a coach and President of the Aspetuck Wildcats Association (Easton, Weston, Redding) and guided his 2008 team to an AYF National Championship in the seventh grade division.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Shaban now resides in Redding with his wife of 23 years and their three sons.