Rowe — Judge role requires patience, caring

Probate Judge T.R. Rowe
Probate Judge T.R. Rowe

It has been my great honor to serve as the Probate Judge for Trumbull, Monroe & Easton over these past 6 years.

This is a job for which I have a great deal of passion, and it is work that I love. Presiding over the probate court is extremely challenging, but also tremendously rewarding, and offers the opportunity to help the community in ways that many do not realize.

I believe a probate judge needs to be patient, empathetic, compassionate & caring. These are qualities that I try to bring to every hearing over which I preside. We are often faced with people suffering through great challenges, including many families that are at odds, folks who have lost spouses, children, parents and loved ones. They need solutions and remedies that reflect not only justice and equity, but also delicacy, care and compassion.

My experience as Probate Judge includes having presided over hundreds and hundreds of cases. None of my decisions have ever been overturned on appeal and several have been published in the Quinnipiac University School of Law Probate Journal.

As a Judge of Probate, it is critical that my court enjoys a reputation for being fair and impartial, and it is important that my candidacy reflect that. Although I am running on the Republican line, I was cross-endorsed by the Independent Party of Connecticut, the third largest party in the state, and will be appearing on that line on the ballot as well.  

I live in Trumbull with my wife Michelle and our four children. Prior to being elected Judge in 2012, I served 14 years as Trumbull’s State Representative in Hartford. I graduated cum laude from Catholic University of America in 1992 and received my juris doctor from Quinnipiac University in 1995.  At Quinnipiac, I was a member of Phi Delta Phi, a National Legal Honor Society, and served as Chief Editor of the Moot Court Honor Society.

I have been awarded an AV Preeminent Rating, reflecting the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell. I also was awarded the 2010 Exemplary Leadership and Service Award from the Connecticut Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. I am a member of the Legislative Advisory Committee of The Kennedy Center, a non-profit service agency for those with special needs, and serve as an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors of Caroline House, a Women’s Literacy Outreach Program.  I am a Trustee of Saints Cyril & Methodius Church and coach my sons James’ & Johnny’s Little League baseball teams. I love watching my oldest son Joseph perform in the Trumbull High Marching Band, and my beautiful daughter Gemma taking her horseback riding lessons.

It remains an honor to serve as your Probate Judge, and I ask for your consideration on November 6 for election to another term.