Brandon McGee is a community organizer and legislator who has a track record of taking on the political establishment and winning.
Brandon is a Hartford native who has devoted his entire adult life to public service, beginning with his time in college where he served as Youth and College NAACP President at Alabama State, a Historically Black College/University (HBCU). It was through his involvement with the NAACP that McGee was able to meet and be inspired by Mrs. Rosa Parks, and later served as pallbearer at her funeral.
Brandon has a long history of service to the City of Hartford starting in 2013, when he became Chair of his Neighborhood Revitalization Zone’s (NRZ) economic development committee. In that same year, Mayor Pedro Segarra selected him as a Rose Center for Public Leadership Fellow, where he launched the “ReImagine, Revitalize, Reassert Main Street Project,” an initiative aimed at redeveloping the Northeast portion of the city. In addition to this work, Brandon has led youth mentoring programs and organized clothing and food drives to meet the basic needs of residents on Barbour Street, where he was born. He partnered with local organizations to stand up to absentee landlords in Hartford and served as President on the boards of youth mentoring entities Ascend Mentoring and BSL Education Foundation, Hartford Behavioral Health, and Jewish Family Services.
Leadership in the Capitol
In 2012, Brandon was elected to State Representative following a grassroots campaign that took on the establishment and won. As State Representative, Brandon has fought for increases to the minimum wage, protecting our seniors, investing in education and defending programs that protect those who need help the most.
Representative McGee is currently the chairman of both the Housing Committee and the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus in addition to serving on the Education and Human Services Committee. Brandon is a leader for criminal justice reform and proposed Connecticut’s first state programs to help formerly incarcerated people with their re-entry and housing options.
As a leader for criminal justice reform with a focus on reentry, Brandon led the effort to create a package of reform proposals that are now being supported and championed by powerful influencers at the state level like Yale Law School clinics, legal service and grassroots criminal justice organizations. He has successfully engaged multiple stakeholders in the difficult but necessary work of supporting people as they reenter the community from prison and begin life again.
Recognition of Leadership
Brandon has been recognized for his leadership and work on a local and national level; his accomplishments include; the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the National Mentoring Partnership for his commitment to youth mentoring, 2017 Citizen of the Year by the Tau Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Additionally, Brandon was the youngest recipient ever to receive the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Offices Community Award (2009) and was named one of the NAACP’s 100 Most Influential Black Leaders on three occasions. In 2014, his alma mater (Alabama State University) established the McGee Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) scholarship.
Brandon is a leader for criminal justice reform with a focus on reentry. He led the effort to create a package of reentry reform proposals that are now being supported and championed by powerful influencers at the state level like Yale Law School clinics, legal services organizations and grassroots criminal justice organizations. He has successfully engaged multiple stakeholders in the difficult but necessary work of supporting people as they reenter the community from prison and begin life again.
Outside of politics, Brandon serves as administrative pastor and a member of the board of directors of his church, The Citadel of Love. Brandon fulfilled a childhood dream and bought the house that he was raised in from his grandmother in 2014 and currently lives in the North End with his wife, Geralynn McGee and their one and a half year old daughter, Sylver Kennedy. They’re expecting their second child in May 2019, another daughter.