Joe is running for a seat on the Board of Selectmen after a distinguished career serving twelve terms as our elected State Senator, from 1993 to 2016. As Senator, Joe co-chaired the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, was vice-chair of both the Banks Committee and the Commerce Committee, and a member of several other committees including the Appropriations Committee which he also chaired. As his career in the Senate was concluding, Joe was serving as Chief Deputy President Pro Tempore. Among his many accomplishments while a member of the Connecticut General Assembly, Joe worked tirelessly to encourage economic growth and job creation, ease the tax burden for families and small businesses, support youth development programs and public schools, and ensure access to quality services and programs for senior citizens. Joe created the CT Biomedical Research Fund which seeks to advance research on eight major illnesses. He also created the Connecticut Hall of Fame which celebrates individuals who have made outstanding contributions to our state and country.
Prior to his 24 years working in Hartford, Joe began his service to the community by holding elected and appointed positions in Woodbridge. He was a member of the Woodbridge Board of Education from 1989 to 1993, and on the Town Plan and Zoning Commission from 1986 to 1988. He is well-versed in both Town and State governmental issues and will bring a depth of knowledge to his involvement on the Board of Selectmen, particularly in these challenging economic times and as state and federal funding to Woodbridge continues to shrink.
Joe and his wife Pat, who works as the Woodbridge Tax Collector, moved to Woodbridge in 1977 to raise their six children. They are now the proud grandparents of seventeen grandchildren. Joe graduated from Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven where he played football. He was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame there in 2012. Joe is a marathon runner — you may see him out along the roads of Woodbridge no matter the season or weather conditions!
Joe says, “I’m running because I still have more to give to my community and would consider it an honor to serve on the Board of Selectmen. I want to continue to work hard everyday on behalf of all Woodbridge residents to maintain our town’s reputation as one of the most desirable places in our state to live and raise a family.”