Kennelly is a former Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut, according to the Hartford Courant. In 1975 Kennelly was elected to the Hartford City Council, where she was a member until 1979. She served as Connecticut's Secretary of the State from 1979 to 1982. Kennelly was elected to Congress in a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William Cotter. She represented Connecticut's First Congressional District from 1982 until 1999. Kennelly did not seek re-election in 1998, running instead for governor of Connecticut against Republican incumbent John Rowland, to whom she lost.
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