The New Canaan Republican Town Committee will honor Rep. John W. Hetherington, who is retiring after five terms in the state House of Representatives, at its sixth annual Lincoln Dinner on Friday, April 13, at New Canaan Country Club. The guest speaker will be Rep. Larry Cafero of Norwalk, who will represent part of New Canaan after the redrawing of district lines goes into effect.

Hetherington was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2002 from the newly redrawn 125th Assembly District, including most of New Canaan and the western portion of Wilton. He brought an extensive background in business, law and community service to the state legislature. He was elected to a fifth term on Nov. 2, 2010.

In 2009 Hetherington was appointed Assistant Minority Leader. For the 2011-2013 Legislative Session, Hetherington serves as the Ranking Member (Republican Leader) of the Judiciary Committee, and as member of the Public Health and the Government, Administration and Elections committees.

Until 2002, Hetherington served as vice president and secretary of MeadWestvaco Corporation, a major public company manufacturing packaging, paper and specialty chemicals, where he focused on corporate governance issues. He is the author of numerous articles published in professional journals.

In his home community of New Canaan, he served as chairman of the town's Board of Assessment Appeals from 2000 to 2003, and was a councilman from 1989 to 1997. Earlier, he was a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Hetherington is a former director of United Way of New Canaan. He also has provided pro-bono volunteer legal services and served as attorney trial referee and fact finder/arbitrator for the Connecticut Superior Court. He retired from the naval reserve as a captain in the judge advocate general's corps and served as unit commander while in the reserves.

Cafero was selected by his colleagues as the House Republican Leader for a third term following the 2010 elections. He previously served as deputy leader for six terms. He has made fiscal responsibility, public safety, quality education and common sense hallmarks of the House Republican agenda.

Cafero led Republican lawmakers in 2011 by offering alternative budgets that contained no tax increases while fighting against the largest tax increases in state history. He also helped negotiate terms of the bipartisan job creation package of laws that will help small businesses grow and expand their payrolls. A lifelong resident of Norwalk, Cafero was a member of the Board of Education for six years and left his post as chairman when he was elected to the State House of Representatives from the 142nd House District in 1992.

Throughout his legislative career, Cafero has been instrumental in crafting legislation to support education. He has served as the Ranking Republican House member of the Education Committee and was a member of the Judicial, Appropriations and Labor committees.

A graduate of Norwalk High School, he received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and earned his juris doctor from Western New England College School of Law. He is a partner with the law firm of Brown, Rudnick, of Hartford.

He lives in Norwalk with his wife Barbara, where they raised their three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Nicholas.

For more information about the dinner, contact James O'Hora, chairman of the RTC, at ncrtcchairman@gmail.com.

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