Carroll J. Hughes has a wealth of experience in government, having served in a variety of positions in state and municipal government as well as private industry, before founding Public Affairs Consulting, now named Hughes & Cronin Public Affairs Strategies, in 1974.

Carroll was the first Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection when the agency was created in the early 1970s. Prior to this time, he served in municipal government as the assistant to the mayors of the City of Milford and the City of Hartford.

Carroll is one of the most highly regarded lobbyists in Hartford, and is noted for his collegial relationships with governors, legislators, agency officials and staff alike. He is revered for his creative lobbying strategies and impassioned speaking abilities which play a key role in the victories he obtains for his clients.

Carroll retains membership in many civic and professional organizations and has served in a number of elected and appointed government positions. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Bridgeport.

He is most proud of his recent induction as a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Newport, RI.



Jean Cronin is the Vice President of Hughes & Cronin Public Affairs Strategies, where she is responsible for developing and implementing legislative initiatives and strategies for the firm’s clients, and directing a variety of trade and professional associations managed by the firm.

Having joined the firm in 1986 after serving as a communications strategist for the Senate Majority Office, Jean is well-versed in the politics and insights of the State Capitol. Her broad range of political and business knowledge enables her to perform in-depth issue analysis for her clients and formulate strategic planning initiatives for successful legislative outcomes. Her skills as a journalist and editor allow her synthesize complex issues into concise messages for any situation.

Jean holds a B.A. in Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut and a minor in Journalism and held positions in the financial and insurance sectors for Citicorp and Aetna prior to coming to the State Capitol.

She is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut and is a member of the Board of Directors for Ocean’s Way of Newport.



Sean Hughes brings a vibrant millennial spirit to the firm. His strong leadership ability was honed through many years as a captain of his college cross country team, and his exceptional organizational skills and uncanny perception were gleaned during his 10 years in the hospitality industry at the Spring House on Block Island, most recently as a manager.

Sean joined the firm in 2017 after graduating from Salve Regina University with a B.A. in History. He currently serves as the Assistant Coach for the Salve Boys’ Cross Country team and is pursuing his Masters’ degree. He works on special projects for clients and assists the Hughes & Cronin team at the Capitol.

Sean is a seasoned runner and an avid fisherman.



Judy Ganswindt is a longtime member of the firm, having joined the team in 1999. She brings her keen insight and organizational skills as a small business person, and her lifelong love of politics to her daily dealings with legislators.

Judy has served on local boards and commissions in her hometown of Old Saybrook, where she has been active in local politics for many years. She formerly served as the Secretary of the Connecticut Republican Party and has owned several antique businesses along the Connecticut shoreline.



Mallory joined Hughes & Cronin full time in 2016 after working as Marketing Coordinator, Americas for an international maritime technology and training firm in Groton. She previously had interned for the firm during her college years and has a background in journalism and communications through her studies and experience as Editor-in-Chief of her college newspaper.

Mallory helps manage and coordinate several of our association accounts. She is very adept at graphics and web design and performs all of our legislative tracking activities. She serves as the Director of Programs and Services for Hughes & Cronin and as a member of our lobbying team.