Larson also stands at the vanguard of important issues related to gun safety, Social Security and health care, to name a few.
Larson was born in a federal housing project in East Hartford, Connecticut. His roots have propelled him throughout his career, as, according to his website, Larson is “fond of saying he is the product of public housing, public education and public service.”
Before coming to Congress, Larson taught history and coached football at George J. Penney High School in East Hartford. He was a small business owner who served on the East Hartford Board of Education and Town Council. By the early 1980s, he further demonstrated his spirit for policy and politics as a Connecticut state senator, a position in which he served until 1995. In 1998, he won his current seat by a 17-point margin.