Shelton’s Sen. Kelly welcomes American Idol winner Nick Fradiani to Capitol

American Idol champion and Connecticut native Nick Fradiani, left, with state Sen. Kevin Kelly during Fradiani’s visit to the state Capitol on May 29.

Kelly, who represents all of Shelton, was among the state officials to congratulate Fradiani.

Fradiani is from Guilford, leads the band Beach Avenue, and is the first Connecticut resident to win American Idol. He was named the winner of the 14th season on the Fox TV show on May 13. Learn more about him at

Kelly, a Republican first elected in 2010, represents Shelton as well as parts of Monroe, Seymour and Stratford. He is an attorney and lives in Stratford.