Whit Betts

Position
State Representative
District
78th District: Bristol, Plymouth
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Committees
Higher Education and Employment Advancement (ranking member), Appropriations, Public Health, Program Review and Investigations
Previous Positions
Bristol City Council, Bristol Republican Town Committee
Education
B.A., Eisenhower College
Occupation
Director of sales, Green Acres Farm, Bristol
Public Financing
Yes
George W. Betts, a Republican, took office the same day as Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, but he voted with the House GOP minority against much of Malloy's first-term agenda, including a $1.5 billion tax increase, repeal of the death penalty, legalizing medical cannabis, allowing liquor stores to open on Sundays, minimum-wage increases, a mandate requiring certain private employers to offer paid sick days, and the gun-control law passed in response to the shooting deaths of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. He voted for the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana.

In 2015, he was one of 18 House members, all Republicans, to vote against the confirmation of Superior Court Judge Auden Grogins, whose nomination was opposed by the NRA over her support of the Newtown gun law while a House member in 2013. In 2016, he backed gun owners once again and opposed a bill requiring gun owners to surrender their firearms within 24 hours of being served with a temporary restraining order in domestic violence cases.

Betts is married to Jarre Barnes Betts. They have two adult children.
Election history
Betts won an open seat in 2010, succeeding Republican William A. Hamzy.
Most recent election
Whit Betts R 6659
Whit Betts I 359
Krystal Myers D 3704
Krystal Myers WF 421
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