Lobbyist for CPS

Eric Gjede has been retained as CPS' registered lobbyist beginning in 2024. He represents CPS at the state Capitol, provides weekly reports to CPS members during the legislative session. Eric Gjede is a partner at Statehouse Partners, LLC, where he represents clients before the Connecticut General Assembly and Executive Branch Agencies. He has built a reputation as an effective policy advocate during his nearly two decades at the state capitol.

Eric began his career in public policy with CBIA, Connecticut’s largest business advocacy organization. He served as vice president of public policy, leading a team of lobbyists that represented the views of Connecticut’s business community on all matters before the General Assembly. He also administered CBIA’s Labor and Employment Law, Government Affairs, and Tax Councils and served as CBIA’s state ethics compliance counsel.

Prior to CBIA, Eric was an associate legislative attorney with the Legislative Commissioners’ Office, the nonpartisan legal office of the Connecticut General Assembly. In that position, he provided legal counsel to legislators serving on the Commerce and Labor and Public Employees Committees. He also drafted all the legislation and amendments considered by those committees.

Eric is a member of the Association of Connecticut Lobbyists and served on the board of UWC - Strategic Services on Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation. He also previously served as an appointed member of the Second Injury Fund Advisory Board and the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Employment Security Advisory Board.

Eric received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The University of Connecticut and his Juris Doctor from The UConn School of Law. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar.