Susan Whitman Hatfield, a registered nurse and an attorney, first became interested in public service as a child where she admired her father’s service as a member of the Groton Board of Education. So much so that as a preschooler, she recalls bringing a little radio to school so that her teacher could tune in to listen to her father talk. As a child, she was also inspired by her grandfather, who would discuss his service as a State Representative from East Haddam. It was this early interest in public service that led her to working on Capitol Hill for the United States Speaker of the House of Representatives immediately after law school.
Hatfield, whose family has strong Eastern Connecticut roots going back to the colonial days, including a great grandfather who was Nathaniel Fanning and relation to Governor Gurdon Saltonstall (1708-1724), grew up in Noank until her family relocated to Griswold where she went on to graduate from Griswold High School in 1990. As her high school class president for two years, Hatfield was also a leader on the athletic field where she was an all-state basketball and track & field athlete and set Connecticut high school records in the three-point shot. Indeed, Hatfield’s early leadership qualities were recognized by long term Eastern Connecticut Congressman Sam Gejdenson as he awarded her with a Congressional Nomination to the Military Academy at West Point.
Hatfield, however, decided to pursue her passion of caring for people so she set out to become a nurse. She received a B.S. in Nursing from American International College where she also was a member of the basketball team. She later earned a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, and a Masters of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.
Since 2005, Sue Hatfield has served as a state prosecutor with the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice. Throughout her career, she has fought to keep and make Connecticut a safer place and was the first prosecutor to receive a conviction for the completed crime of human trafficking under Connecticut’s criminal statutes. On a personal side, as the wife of a recently retired Connecticut State Trooper, Hatfield understands the dangerous work that our law enforcement officers do to keep our streets safe. She understands first-hand the daily sacrifices our first responders make on a daily basis and the importance of them receiving the public’s full support.
Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Hatfield was a public finance attorney with the New York City law firm of Hawkins, Delafield and Wood where she represented government entities and public authorities, which included legal representation of a public authority in connection with a $967,000,000 nuclear power plant sale.
Hatfield attributes her success to knowing the value of hard work and always remaining humble. After the summer of eighth grade, she spent the next two summers as a janitor’s assistant for the Griswold School System, which served as an invaluable experience.
Sue and her husband Nick reside in Pomfret, Connecticut with their two sons Willam (10) and Danny (5), and their German Shepherd, K-9 Elvis who also recently retired from the Connecticut State Police.
In 1997, Sue earned her Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida. During that same year, she worked as a legal intern with U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida where she researched, drafted memoranda, and reviewed legal files related to various civil lawsuits against the United States. Upon graduation from law school, Sue enrolled in the LL.M. Taxation program at Georgetown University Law Center, which she completed in 1998.
Shortly after graduation, Sue was hired as a Policy Assistant (Legal) in the Office of U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. While in that position, Sue was responsible for all legal research within former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s Policy Office.
From 1998 to 2001, Sue was an Associate with the New York City law firm Hawkins, Delafield & Wood. While in that role, she gained sophisticated transactional experience in the field of public finance law. She participated in the legal representation of governmental entities, public authorities, and private entities from the perspective of bond and underwriter’s counsel which included the representation of a public authority in connection with a $967,000,000 nuclear power plant sale.
In 2005, Sue joined the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice in the Office of the State’s Attorney, where she currently serves in the Statewide Prosecution Bureau. Sue represents the State from both an investigative and prosecutorial perspective with respect to a wide range of complex Part A and Part B cases, often involving numerous jurisdictions and co-defendants. She has handles a vast caseload involving crimes such as human trafficking, home invasion, racketeering, larceny, securities violations, assault, sexual assault, and cases involving firearms and narcotics.
Sue earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from American International College in 1994. Upon graduation, she worked as a geriatric nurse in a convalescent home.
Sue later worked for nearly ten years as a Clinical Nurse in an in-patient mental health unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital where her duties included assessing the physical and psychological status of patients, providing nursing interventions based on the patient’s care plan, and working with the multi-disciplinary health care team.
Sue remains licensed as a Registered Nurse with the State of Connecticut.
Sue was a two-time first team all-state basketball player in high school scoring over 1,900 points. During her junior year, she set the Connecticut all-time record for 3-point field goals in a season and in a single game. She also led the Connecticut Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Team in 3-point goals.
Sue received a Congressional Nomination from former Congressman Sam Gejdenson to he United States Military Academy (West Point) while she was being recruited to serve on the school’s basketball team. Ultimately, she accepted a basketball scholarship with American International College in Springfield, MA.
More recently, in 2015, Sue qualified to become a national body builder with the National Physique Committee (Figure Category) and competed in the IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness) Pro Qualifying Team Universe Championships in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Shortly after she competed nationally, Sue discussed her inspiration for fitness, her time-management, and self-discipline techniques with Oxygen Magazine. As a registered nurse and a successful athlete, Sue enjoys inspiring others to become physically active and live a healthy lifestyle.
Also in 2016, Sue became an All-American discus thrower, ranking in the top 24% of discus throwers in her age bracket worldwide (World Masters Athletics).
Shortly after graduating from Law School, Sue joined the staff of Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.
As a member of the Policy Office Staff, Sue was primarily responsible for researching inquiries from the Speaker and his staff on pending legislation and constitutional issues stemming from House proceedings. She was also tasked with analyzing legal issues with respect to policy alternatives and making recommendations to the policy staff.
The work was extremely fast-paced and extremely rewarding. Sue fondly recalls the time that she served in the U.S. Speakers Office as one of the greatest honors of her professional career.
Sue recalls fondly that Speaker Gingrich told her that he would like to see her elected to office one day. On January 25, 2018, Speaker Gingrich endorsed Sue Hatfield to be elected Connecticut’s next Attorney General.
Sue’s family has strong Eastern Connecticut roots going back to the colonial days, including a great grandfather named Nathaniel Fanning who was a family relation to Governor Gurdon Saltonstall.
Sue grew up in Noank until her family relocated to Griswold where she went on to graduate from Griswold High School in 1990. Her father, Thomas Hatfield, was a professor for 40 years at Mitchell College in New London and her mother was a Registered Nurse on the cardiac unit at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital.
Sue married Nicholas Peter Leary in December of 2000, who recently retired as a state trooper. They lived in Plainfield for several years before relocating to Pomfret where they currently reside with their two sons, William (10) and Danny (6) and K-9 Elvis.