Tyler Flanigan may be 19, but he’s no newcomer to politics, thanks to his tenacious drive, and his family name.
His 2nd Great Grandfather, James E. Flanigan, was an orator for the East Hartford Democrats. His Great Grandfather, James J. Flanigan, was also an orator for the East Hartford Democrats. His grandfather, Robert J. Flanigan, was a well-known Republican writer in Wethersfield. His great uncle, James J. Flanigan, was a 14-year political veteran, known for his work in educational policy. His third great uncle, Capt. Thomas F. Flanigan, was a prominent member of the Hartford Democratic Party. On both sides of the aisle, the Flanigan family has served their communities at the local level.
Tyler got his start in politics at the age of 14, volunteering for the Republican party throughout New England. Flanigan got his breakthrough at the age of 16. That year, while working with the Massachusetts Republican Party and Rep. David Vieira, Flanigan prepared recommendations regarding the opioid epidemic for the state’s health curriculum framework. The findings were submitted to Governor Baker. Word quickly spread of Flanigan’s abilities, and later that month, he consulted Sen. John Reagan of New Hampshire, a member of the state’s newly formed taskforce against the abuse of Opioids. Since then, Tyler has branched out, assuming different roles in different regions. A writer for a State Rep. in Oklahoma, a real estate policy analyst for a State Senator in Idaho, a social media consultant for a Senator in North Dakota, and a legislative aide in Rhode Island, Tyler took on all challenges and approached them with innovative new ideas and an open mind. Back at home in Connecticut, he worked on three federal campaigns, all while maintaining his status as a contributing writer for an online political publication based out of New York City. In recent months, Flanigan gave his go at campaign finance for federal candidates throughout the country who are preparing for the midterm elections.
A member of the Wethersfield Republican Town Committee, a former Division One Baseball product, and a Special Olympics Volunteer, Tyler has already excelled in numerous walks of life. Get out in November and make him your next State Senator.
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