Jean T. D. Bandler, daughter of Paul H. and Emily Taft Douglas, was born in Illinois and has a lifetime interest in Abraham Lincoln. She received her BA at Swarthmore College and her MSW and DSW at the Columbia University School of Social Work.
A social worker, she has worked in family agencies, done research on children’s services, taught social welfare and social policy, and directed the undergraduate social work program at NYU.
Active in civic affairs, she is a past President of Community Service Society in NYC, a founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, a founder and past president of the Funeral Consumer Alliance of Connecticut, and elected to the local Planning and Zoning Commission where she serves as secretary.
Married to Ned Bandler, they live in Bridgewater, CT and have two sons.
Appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.