Joe Verrengia

State Representative
20th District: West Hartford
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Public Safety and Security (vice chair); Finance, Revenue and Bonding; Judiciary; Transportation
Previous Positions
Metropolitan District Commission, West Hartford Town Council
Northeastern University
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Joe Verrengia was a Republican on the West Hartford Town Council who provoked grumbling among some in the GOP that he was not partisan enough. He eventually became a Democrat, a party that encouraged him to run for the General Assembly. Verrengia recently retired as a police officer in West Hartford.

During the first term of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Verrengia voted for the governor's $1.5 billion tax increase, the repeal of the death penalty, two minimum-wage increases, a mandate that certain private employers offer paid sick days, and the gun-control law passed in response to the shooting of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

He voted against the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana and legalization of medical cannabis.

Verrengia and his wife, Maria, live in West Hartford.
Election history
Verrengia won a special election in 2011, succeeding Democrat David D. McCluskey.
Most recent election
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