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Christopher F. Droney was born in Hartford, Connecticut on June 22, 1954. He attended the public schools in West Hartford and then graduated magna cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross, where he also played lacrosse. Among his academic awards at Holy Cross was his election to Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society.

 

While in college, Droney spent a semester as an intern for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, chaired by the legendary Carl D. Perkins of Kentucky. During that time, Droney attended the first State of the Union Address by President Gerald R. Ford, following the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon for the Watergate scandal.

 

Droney graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1979, where he was a notes and comments editor of the Connecticut Law Review.

 

Droney then went into the private practice of law in Hartford and became a partner in the firm of Reid & Riege, P.C., and specialized in trial work, including trials as a Criminal Justice Act panel member.

 

At the same time, Droney became active in Connecticut politics. He was elected mayor of West Hartford at the age of 31, the youngest mayor in the town’s history. He also was a member of the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, chaired the Al Gore for President campaign in Connecticut in 1988, and was a delegate for Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in New York City in 1992.

 

Following the election of President Clinton, Droney was appointed United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut. He concentrated the efforts of the United States Attorney’s Office on gang violence in Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport, and received numerous community and law enforcement awards for those efforts. In 1996, he addressed President Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno in the East Room of the White House on strategies to address gang violence.

 

As United States Attorney, Judge Droney personally tried cases, including one involving the Ku Klux Klan. He also argued appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on the constitutionality of the Violence Against Women Act, the Child Support Recovery Act, and the National Firearms Act. Droney was also a member of Attorney General Reno’s Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys.

 

In 1997, Judge Droney was appointed by President Clinton as a district judge for the District of Connecticut. He served as a district judge for 14 years.

 

In 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Judge Droney to the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, to the seat previously held by Judge Guido Calabresi. Judge Droney was confirmed by the Senate unanimously, as he had been for United States Attorney and district judge.

 

Judge Droney has received numerous awards, including the University of Connecticut School of Law Distinguished Graduate Award, the Connecticut Law Review Award, and an honorary degree from the University of Connecticut.

 

Judge Droney lives in West Hartford with his wife, Elizabeth. They have three adult daughters: Sarah, Emily and Katherine. Elizabeth is a history teacher in West Hartford. Sarah is an attorney, Emily is a nurse-practitioner, and Katherine is a special education teacher.