University of Connecticut School of Social Work alumnus Pedro E. Segarra (MSW ’82, JD ’85) was sworn in as the new Mayor of Hartford on Friday, June 25th. He took the oath of office minutes after the resignation of former Mayor Eddie Perez. Segarra, the former City Council President, will hold the mayor’s seat until the next election in November 2011.
Pedro Segarra was born in the small rural town of Maricao, Puerto Rico. At age 7 his family moved to the Bronx, New York in search of better opportunities. When he was 15 he moved to Hartford seeking a better life, and has been a Hartford resident ever since. After graduating from Greater Hartford Community College, where he was a founding member of the Latino Student Organization, he earned a full scholarship to the University of Hartford where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Political Science.
He was then admitted to the University of Connecticut Graduate School of Social Work and received a Master of Social Work in 1982. After graduating from
the School of Social Work he attended the UConn Law School and graduated in 1985 and passed the Connecticut bar the same year. While in law school, Pedro was a founding member of the Latino Law Student Organization and became the organization’s first President. He is currently admitted to the Connecticut state and federal bars (1986) and the Bar of the State of Florida (2000).
In 1991, Pedro Segarra was appointed Corporation Counsel for the City of Hartford, the youngest person ever selected for the position at that time and appointed for the position for three consecutive terms. At the present time he is the managing partner of the Hartford Law Office of Segarra & López and resides in Hartford with his partner. He is also a founding member of Hogar Crea, The Hispanic Health Council and CLARO.