Thomas J. Saadi was reconfirmed by the Connecticut General Assembly as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs in March 2019, after serving as Commissioner since February 2018. He served as Acting Commissioner of the Department from October 2017 through February 2018, and prior to that served as Chief of Staff and General Counsel for the Department. Commissioner Saadi is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He retired from the Danbury City Council in March 2019, after 20 years of service. Prior to his service with the Department of Veterans Affairs in May 2015, Commissioner Saadi served for fifteen years as an Assistant Attorney General and Special Prosecutor for the State of Connecticut.
Commissioner Saadi received his military commission as a Judge Advocate in the Army Reserve in 2005, completed Officer Basic training in 2006, Officer Advanced training in 2014 and Command and General Staff College in 2016. He currently serves as Chief International Law Officer for Governance with the 352nd Civil Affairs Command and previously served as Chief of National Security Law for the 412th Theater Engineer Command after completing an active duty mobilization as the Senior Administrative Law Attorney at Watervliet Arsenal in New York in May 2020. Commissioner Saadi also served as Chief Legal Officer for the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion from 2014 to 2019 and with the 4th Legal Operations Detachment from 2005 to 2014. He is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University and received his Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac College School of Law (cum laude). He is an active member of many Veteran, Civic and Social organizations.
Commissioner Saadi was born in Boston, Massachusetts and is a first-generation Lebanese American making him the first Arab-American Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and the only currently serving Arab-American State Agency Commissioner in Connecticut. He lived in Massachusetts until his family moved to Saudi Arabia in 1978 for his father’s employment and he returned to his mother's hometown of Danbury, Connecticut in 1985 where he currently resides with his wife Valerie Ventura-Saadi and their twin children.