Diana Urban was first elected to the Connecticut General Assembly on November 7, 2000. She is a member of the Legislature's Environment Committee and the Program Review and Investigations Committee. Representative Urban has significant concerns about both the economy and environment, and has committed her career to finding and maintaining a balance that encourages sustainable growth within Connecticut.
She is a two time recipient of the American Lung Association of Connecticut's Breath of Life Award for her work in helping to clean up the state's "Sooty Six" power plants. She was also named one of the four most influential legislators on the environment by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, as well as an Environmental Hero.
For twenty-six years Representative Urban was employed as an Economics and Political Science professor. Most recently she taught Micro and Macro Economics, Environmental Studies and Regulation as an Adjunct professor at Three Rivers College and Environmental Conservation at the University of Connecticut Avery Point. She is currently a Senior Consultant with the Results Leadership Group in Washington DC.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Long Island University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Representative Urban earned a Masters in Urban and Policy Sciences from SUNY at Stony Brook and has studied for her PhD in Economics at the University of Rhode Island. Representative Urban also pursued a Professional Diploma in Music from Longy Institute of Music in Cambridge and received a fellowship to the Kennedy School at Harvard University to study public policy.