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John DeStefano, Jr.

Born: May 11, 1955

Birthplace: New Haven

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

John DeStefano, Jr.

Date of Birth : May 11, 1955
Birth Place : New Haven

John DeStefano, Jr. is an American politician who served as the 49th mayor of New Haven, Connecticut from 1994 until 2014. He was the Democratic candidate in 2006 for Governor of Connecticut, unsuccessfully challenging incumbent Republican Governor M. Jodi Rell. He was also the named defendant in the landmark 2009 U.S. Supreme Court case of Ricci v. DeStefano. John DeStefano is the son of a New Haven police officer. John and his wife Kathy DeStefano met at the University of Connecticut as undergraduates, where he also earned a Masters in Public Administration. Kathy DeStefano is a first grade teacher in West Haven, CT and they are the parents of two adult sons.


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