John Rowland was born and raised in Waterbury. After graduating from Villanova University in 1979 Rowland began a remarkable political career as State Representative, Congressman and three-term Governor of Connecticut. Rowland’s meteoric political rise saw him elected the youngest Congressman in America, and subsequently, at the age of 36, the youngest governor in Connecticut history. Rowland’s storied political career collapsed in 2004 when he resigned as Governor under intense state and federal investigations into his personal relationships, and contract steering by his chief of staff. In March 2005 Rowland pled guilty to not paying taxes on gifts and was sentenced to a year in federal prison. In January 2008 Rowland was hired by the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce as a consultant. Rowland is also a radio talk show host on WTIC-1080 Monday through Friday from 3 pm to 6 pm. The show is called State and Church. Rowland can be reached via e-mail at