Joe Markley

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Joe Markley
Joe Markley.jpg
Connecticut State Senate District 16
In office
1985-1986, January 7, 20111 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position (current service)4
Years in position (previous service)1
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut State Senate
Bachelor'sAmherst College
Master'sColumbia University
Office website
Campaign website
Joe Markley is a Republican member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Markley previously served one term in the Connecticut State Senate from 1985 to 1986.


Markley earned his B.A. from Amherst College and his M.A. in English from Columbia University. His professional experience includes working as as a high school and college English teacher and executive director of state and national trade associations.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Markley served on the following committees:

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Human Services, Ranking Member
Labor and Public Employees, Ranking Member
Program Review and Investigations


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Markley served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Markley's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

State Spending

  • Excerpt: "Connecticut has the highest total taxes per capita, the highest state debt per capita, and over the last twenty years, the slowest economic growth. That trifecta will lead us to disaster, unless we bring state spending under control, end and then roll back our tax increases, and create a favorable climate for job growth."


  • Excerpt: "I oppose the corporate welfare practices by the Malloy administration. The state should not try to pick winners and losers—that's a formula for waste, abuse, and corruption. Instead we must restore opportunity that enables private initiative to create good jobs throughout Connecticut."


  • Excerpt: "Public order is the fundamental purpose of all government. Our lawsmust clearly and decisively protect our personal safety, and the state must fund that obligation."


  • Excerpt: "Government must return to its foundation, the people, with powerand funding passed from Washington to Hartford, and from Hartford to our communities."


  • Excerpt: "I am a conservative of the old-style, dedicated to preserving ourheritage, natural, cultural, social, and architectural. We should take care about consuming or destroying what can't readily be replaced or replenished."



See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Connecticut State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 12, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 10, 2014. Incumbent Joe Markley was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Christopher R. Robertson (Working Families) in the general election.[2][3]

Connecticut State Senate, District 16 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Markley Incumbent 78.8% 22,132
     Working Families Christopher R. Robertson 21.2% 5,945
Total Votes 28,077


See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Markley ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 16. Markley ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Corky Mazurek (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Connecticut State Senate, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Markley Incumbent 52.2% 22,455
     Democratic Corky Mazurek 47.8% 20,561
Total Votes 43,016


See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

Markley was uncontested in the August 10 primary. He defeated Democrat John N. Barry in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut State Senate, District 16 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Markley (R) 16,861
John N. Barry (D) 14,607
Carmine Capobianco (Ind) 838

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Markley is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Markley raised a total of $232,087 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[7]

Joe Markley's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Connecticut State Senate, District 16 Won $110,064
2010 Connecticut State Senate, District 16 Won $122,023
Grand Total Raised $232,087


Markley won re-election to the Connecticut State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Markley raised a total of $110,064.
Connecticut State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joe Markley's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$90,795
Klimaszewski, Greg$395
Marinaro, Leslie$200
Costanzo, Dr George$195
Bate, Jane R$170
Total Raised in 2012$110,064
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Markley raised $122,023 in contributions.[8]

His two largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $86,747
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte Of Connecticut $9,535


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Connecticut

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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In 2014, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session from February 5 to May 7.[9]

Legislators are scored on their votes on "issues important to Connecticut's working men and women."
Legislators are scored on their votes on "key environmental bills."


In 2012, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session from February 8 to May 9.[10]

Legislators are scored on their votes on "issues important to Connecticut's working men and women."
Legislators are scored on their votes on "key environmental bills."

Yankee Institute's Voter Guide

See also: Yankee Institute's Voter Guide

The Yankee Institute, a pro-market think tank, releases its Voter Guide after each two-year legislative term. Each member of the Connecticut General Assembly receives a score from 0 to 10 based on how he or she voted in ten key votes. The Institute selects key votes which "reveal the differences between those legislators that would harness the power of individual liberty and the market to improve lives, and those that prefer a centrally-planned approach." A legislator with a 10 voted in agreement with the Yankee Institute on all 10 votes, while a legislator with a 0 voted against the Yankee Institute's views or was absent for all 10 votes.[11]


Markley received a score of 9 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, the highest score among the 36 scored members of the Connecticut Senate. He did not receive a score for the 2009-10 term because he was not yet in the legislature.[11]

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Preceded by
Sam Caligiuri
Connecticut State Senate District 16
Succeeded by