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Commissioner Thomas J. Saadi

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. Commissioner Saadi had 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 retired from the Danbury City Council after twenty years of service in March 2019.
 
Prior to 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 Army Reserve assignment as Chief of National Security Law for the
412th Theater Engineer Command, Commissioner Saadi served on active military duty as the
Senior Administrative Law Attorney at Watervliet Arsenal in New York from December 2019 – May
2020, he also served as Chief Legal Officer for the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion from 2014-2019
and served with the 4th Legal Operations Detachment from 2005-2014. He has received several
military awards including the Meritorious Service Medal (w/Oak Leaf cluster), Army
Commendation Medal (w/2 Oak Leaf clusters) and Army Achievement Medal (w/Oak Leaf cluster)
and the Overseas Duty Training ribbon (x4).
 
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 and 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 is the
recipient of many awards and recognitions for his years of public and community service.
 
Commissioner Saadi, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, is a first generation Lebanese-
American on his father’s side and second generation on his mother’s side, making him the first
Arab-American Commissioner of Veterans Affairs in Connecticut history. He lived in
Massachusetts until his family moved to Saudi Arabia in the late 1970s for his father’s employment
and returned to his mother's home town of Danbury, Connecticut in the mid-1980s and currently
resides there with his wife Valerie Ventura-Saadi and their twin children.