Jeffrey A. Currey

Position
State Representative
District
11th District: East Hartford, Manchester, South Windsor
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Committees
Appropriations, Education, Insurance and Real Estate, Judiciary
Previous Positions
East Hartford Board of Education
Education
B.A., Wagner College
Occupation
Program supervisor, Goodwin College
Politics can be a family affair in East Hartford, and Jeff Currey is a third-generation Democratic politician.

His mother is Melody Currey, the former state legislator and mayor who now is a commissioner in the administration of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. His maternal grandmother, Janet Hartman, was a Democratic activist and school board member in New York who became a Democratic Town Committee member after retiring to East Hartford.

Jeffrey Currey was the chairman of the East Hartford school board when he followed a member of another local political clan up the ladder. He is succeeding Tim Larson, who left the House to join the state Senate, following in the footsteps of his brother, Congressman John Larson.

Currey mentioned he was gay during a press conference in December 2015 called by a coalition of religious groups to denounce anti-Muslim bigotry, saying he understood what it was like to be bullied. In 2017, he was the lead sponsor of a bill that banned "conversion therapy," the discredited practice of trying to change the sexual orientation of young homosexuals. “Well, let me make it very clear to all of you here today: As a gay youth and now a gay adult, never was I broken nor in need of being fixed,” Currey said as the brought out the bill for the floor debate. “Being gay is not a disease, and therefore does not require a cure.”

The measure passed 141-8 in the House, unanimously in the Senate and was immediately signed into law by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Currey lives in East Hartford.
Election history
Currey won an open seat in 2014, succeeding Democrat Timothy D. Larson.
Most recent election
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