Noreen S. Kokoruda

Position
State Representative
District
101st District: Durham, Madison
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Committees
Appropriations, Education, Aging, Children (ranking member)
Previous Positions
Madison Board of Selectmen, Water Pollution Control Authority
Education
B.A., Pace University; M.A., Southern Connecticut State University
Occupation
Legislator
Public Financing
No
Noreen Kokoruda, a Republican, voted as a freshman for laws decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, repealing the death penalty, and legalizing the production and sale of cannabis for limited medical use. She also voted for the bipartisan gun-control law crafted in response to the shooting deaths of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook School in Newtown. Those votes gave her common ground with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, but did not hurt her standing among Republicans. The House GOP took no caucus position on the issues.

Kokoruda did vote with the GOP caucus on fiscal and business issues, opposing the governor's $1.5 billion tax increase, two minimum-wage increases and a mandate on certain private employers that they offer paid sick days.

The mix has worked well in her district: She was unopposed in 2016.

Before her retirement, Kokoruda was the executive director of the Shoreline Foundation, which operated a summer camp for children. She sits on the Board of Directors for a non-profit that advocates for persons with autism, Jacob's Team Foundation

Kokoruda lives in Madison with her husband, Dan. They have two grown children.
Election history
Kokoruda won a special election in 2011, succeeding Democrat Deborah Heinrich.
Most recent election
Noreen S Kokoruda R 8832
Noreen S Kokoruda I 1348
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