Bruce grew up in Washington, CT and graduated from The Gunnery School. He earned his BA in History from Springfield College in 1971 and a Master’s degree from Central Connecticut State University in Guidance.
Bruce taught Middle School Social Studies at Kent Center School in Kent for 34 years, retiring in 2005. In 2007 he was elected to the Kent Board of Selectmen, and 2 years later was elected Kent’s First Selectman. He is completing his second two year term and will run for a third term in November.
Bruce has been a Kent resident since 1988 and has been very involved in the town. He served a long stint on the Kent P&R Commission, including the serving as commission chairman. He served on the Kent Inland Wetlands Commission and served on two Land Acquisition Committees. He also served on the building committees for the expansion of Kent Center School and the construction of Kent’s new firehouse. Outside of government, Bruce was President of the Kent Lions Club and has been a coach, basketball referee and softball umpire.
As a teacher, Bruce led a yearly field trip to the Sloane Museum and created a scavenger hunt to guide his students through the museum. Prior to their visit, Bruce had his students read Diary of an Early American Boy. Over time, Bruce expanded the field trip to include the Connecticut Mining Museum and the neighboring CAMA grounds. The field trip continues each fall, led by Bruce’s successor.