Probate Judge T.R. Rowe, serving Trumbull, Monroe and Easton, recently announced his bid for reelection.

Rowe, a Trumbull resident and Republican, was elected in 2012, replacing long-time Judge John Chiota.

“Serving as Judge of Trumbull, Monroe and Easton Probate Court has been one of the highest honors of my career,” Rowe said. “I have worked very hard to preserve the reputation that Judge Chiota set for the court as efficient and user-friendly, and I am humbled by the tremendous support I have received across all three towns in support of my reelection to a second term.

The Rowe Campaign said it has already exceeded its fund-raising goal.

“Judge Rowe’s empathetic and caring personality has comforted people during what is often a difficult grieving process,” Former Judge John Chiota said. “And his expertise in mediating disputes has served as an indispensable tool in bringing people together during what can be times of great conflict.”

“In the years I have known T.R., I have found him to be one of the most principled and honest people in public service,” Chiota said. “He is steadfast in his beliefs, works tirelessly for causes he cares about and has served us extremely well as our Judge of Probate.

Rowe has lectured at Quinnipiac University School of Law on Probate issues and has served as acting judge in multiple other jurisdictions, as needed. He was awarded the Exemplary Legislative Leader and Service Award by the Connecticut Chapter of the National Elder Law Attorneys.

He is a member of the Kennedy Center Advisory Committee, as well as serves as an honorary member of the Board of Directors of the Caroline House, an educational center that assists women of Bridgeport. He is also a member of the financial review board at Saints Cyril and Methodius in Bridgeport and coaches his son’s Little League team.

He lives in town with his wife, Michelle and four children.