A mother, grandmother, and veteran of the U.S. Army and the Connecticut Department of Corrections, Cathy Osten has a long record of standing up for members of our community.
Cathy Osten is a proud mother, grandmother, veteran, and organizer. A longtime resident of Sprague, Cathy’s has been fighting for the people of eastern Connecticut for decades.
A graduate of the Norwich Free Academy, Cathy enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era. Returning from four years of active duty as an intelligence officer, Cathy became Corrections Officer, eventually serving as a lieutenant. For 21 years, Cathy experienced first-hand the issues surrounding our prison system, public employees, pension disputes, and women’s rights in the workplace.
In 2003, following a string of harassment cases against women, Cathy joined together with other female corrections officers to protest the treatment of women in the workplace, holding the Department of Corrections accountable for pervasive sexual harassment. Her efforts led to a change in the law.
In 2012, Cathy Osten was elected to the state Senate. Since then, her hard work has produced incredible results. Senator Osten has brought back over $115 million from Hartford for municipal aid and economic development, led the fight to increase the minimum wage, and passed Erin's Law to protect our children, invested in Electric Boat, and has been a staunch defender of our Tribes.
Cathy is focused on making life better for the people of our district.