By Paul Schott
Representative Town Meeting members from District 3 have chosen Lyn A. Hogan, who served in President Bill Clinton's administration, to serve out the remainder of the term held by Hadley Rose, a District 3 member who also was the RTM moderator, who resigned in March.
"I am thrilled to have been selected to fill the District 3 vacancy," Hogan told the Westport News. "I look forward to serving the town of Westport and am excited to represent the people of District 3. Westport is a town I love and have been fortunate to call home for more than 14 years."
Hogan joins Melissa Kane, Jimmy Izzo and Bill Meyer in the District 3 delegation. She succeeds Rose, who stepped down ahead of his and his wife's relocation to Simsbury. He was elected to the RTM in 2003 and had served as moderator since 2007.
The three members interviewed Hogan and one other candidate, before choosing Hogan.
"Both of the candidates were terrific, but we felt that Lyn really fit the bill," Kane told the Westport News. "She has a background in public policy and is very interested in giving back to the community. We're excited that she's joining us."
Hogan's term, along with that of every other RTM member, will run until November. She told the Westport News that she plans to run for a District 3 seat in the Nov. 5 town election.
Hogan brings significant public-policy experience to the legislative body. She worked as a senior policy analyst for the Democratic Leadership Council in Washington, D.C., an unofficial think tank for the Clinton administration. She then joined the White House Domestic Policy Council as its associate director of welfare policy.
At Clinton's request, Hogan left the White House to help create the Welfare to Work Partnership, a nonprofit arm of the White House designed to work with businesses to place welfare recipients in private-sector jobs. As vice president of policy and planning, she worked with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses to create welfare-to-work programs in more than 10,000 businesses throughout the nation.
Hogan moved to Westport in 1999, after her husband took a Connecticut-based job. She worked as a senior program officer at the Smith Richardson Foundation in Westport and a consultant to the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development & Social Policy at Yale University in New Haven.
Hogan has served as secretary of the Democratic Town Committee and as a board member of the nonprofit Project Return, which helps teenage girls and young women in crisis. She has also been involved in the PTA, Girl Scouts, Assumption Church and the nonprofit social organization Neighbors and Newcomers of Westport.
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