Chris Mattei grew up in Windsor, Connecticut. He recently served our state as the Chief of the Financial Fraud and Public Corruption Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office where he spent years fighting on our behalf to hold corrupt public officials and Wall Street financiers accountable.
Since leaving the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Chris has spoken out powerfully against President Trump and the threat that he represents to our basic civic values and democratic norms.
Chris has chosen to stay here, raise his family here and fight for our shared future. Chris believes that our state remains a place of great promise, but also faces long term challenges – from sparking broad-based job growth, to building a fair economy, to making sure that every Connecticut child gets a world class education regardless of their address.
He understands that if we are to resist the daily outrages from Washington and address these challenges, we must embrace a new kind of politics. A politics of engagement and openness. A politics that reject the backroom deals and influence peddling, which have held us back. A politics that give citizens a reason to check back in to the democratic process. This change won’t come from Hartford. It will only come when friends and neighbors join together to demand it.
Chris has spent his career fighting for the people of Connecticut. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chris protected the well-being of Connecticut families by taking on some of the country’s most powerful special interests. He cracked down on gun traffickers who were bringing illegal, out-of-state guns into Connecticut’s cities. He fought for seniors by prosecuting crooked investment advisors. And, he partnered with AARP to empower seniors to protect themselves against identity theft and fraud.
As the Justice Department’s lead public corruption prosecutor in Connecticut, Chris was a powerful foe of those who would abuse their power. He prosecuted John G. Rowland and others who were convicted of abusing the public’s trust and funneling secret money into Connecticut campaigns. Chris also brought cases to preserve the integrity of Connecticut’s landmark campaign finance system and to protect municipal finances from fraud.
In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, he supervised ground-breaking criminal securities fraud prosecutions against Wall Street traders who had made illegal profits by rigging the market for securitized home mortgages.
As a young man, Chris dedicated his life to empowering people who all too often went unseen and unheard. After college, he worked as a high school teacher on the Navajo reservation, helping impoverished Native American students get their high school diplomas. He later stood with working men and women as an organizer for SEIU and got his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Chris believes that we will only achieve fair and just solutions to our long standing challenges when average citizens who love our state and believe in its future build a grassroots movement for change. When we do that, we will have a government that is open, accountable and reflective of our best values.
Today, Chris continues to practice law with a focus on standing up for civil rights, victims of abuse, and consumers. He resides in Hartford with his wife, Joy, and their three children, James, Everett and Gabriel.