Thomas J. Saadi was confirmed by the Connecticut General Assembly as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs on February 21, 2018. Commissioner Saadi previously served as Acting Commissioner of the Department from October 2017 through February 2018, and prior served as Chief of Staff and General Counsel for the Department. Commissioner Saadi is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve and recently retired from the Danbury City Council after 20 years of service.
Prior to beginning his service with the Department of Veterans Affairs in May 2015, Commissioner Saadi served as an Assistant Attorney General and Special Prosecutor for the State of Connecticut handling numerous cases and supervising investigations to stop false and deceptive practices and recover funds for the State and Connecticut consumers.
Commissioner Saadi received his Commission as a Judge Advocate (JAG) in the Army Reserve in November 2005. He completed JAG Officer Basic training in 2006, JAG Officer Advanced training in 2014 and Command and General Staff College in 2016 graduating in the top 20% of his class. Prior to his current assignment as Chief Legal Officer of the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion, Commissioner Saadi served with the 4th Legal Operations Detachment providing legal support to Reserve and Active Duty installations domestically and abroad. He has received several awards and commendations including the Meritorious Service Medal, Overseas Duty Training ribbon (x4), Army Commendation Medal (w/ Oak Leaf) and Army Achievement Medal (w/2 Oak Leafs).
Commissioner Saadi is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University and received his Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac College School of Law (cum laude). He is a member of American Legion Post 60 in Danbury, Catholic War Veterans Post 1042 in Danbury, the 4th JAG Officers Association, the Association of the United States Army and is a Life Member of the Reserve Officers Association. He is active with many other Veteran, civic and social organizations and recently served as a Cub Scout Den Leader for five years.
Commissioner Saadi was born in Boston, Massachusetts and lived in Massachusetts until 1978 when his family moved to Saudi Arabia due to his father’s employment. He returned to his mother's home town of Danbury, Connecticut in the mid-1980s and currently resides in Danbury with his wife Valerie Ventura-Saadi and their twin children.