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 20 years of service in March 2019.
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 Active Duty assignment as Senior Administrative Law Attorney at Watervliet Arsenal in New York, he served as Chief Legal Officer of the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion from 2014-2019 and served with the 4th Legal Operations Detachment from 2005-2014 providing legal support to Reserve and Active Duty installations domestically and abroad. He has received several military awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, Overseas Duty Training ribbon (x4), Army Commendation Medal (w/Oak Leaf) and Army Achievement Medal (w/2 Oak Leafs) as well as many awards and recognitions for his years of public service.
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 served as a Cub Scout Den Leader for five years.
Commissioner Saadi was born in Massachusetts where he lived until his family moved to Saudi Arabia in the late 1970s due to his father’s employment. He 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.