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James O'Rourke

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James O'Rourke
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Connecticut House of Representatives District 32
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Development Director, The Connection Inc
Jim O'Rourke (b. 1963) is a former Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 32 from 1991 to 2011. He served as Assistant Majority Leader 2002, as Chair of the Smalltown Legislative Council and on the Cromwell Democratic Town Committee.


O'Rourke earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. His professional experience includes working as the Development Director of The Connection Incorporated and Legislative Director for the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group from 1985 to 1988.

Committee assignments

O'Rourke serves on these standing committees of the Connecticut House of Representatives:



See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

O'Rourke ran for re-election to the 32nd District seat in 2010. He was defeated by Christie Carpino (R) in the November 2 general election.


On November 4, 2008, O'Rourke won re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives from Connecticut's 32nd District, defeating Scott Adamsons (R). O'Rourke received 8,052 votes in the election while O'Rourke received 3,918 votes.[1] O'Rourke raised $24,451 for his campaign; Adamsons raised $30,380.[2]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 32
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James O'Rourke (D) 8,052
Scott Adamsons (R) 3,918

Campaign donors


Listed below is the largest contributor to James O'Rourke's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $19,133


Negligent homicide charge

In April 2009, it was announced that Connecticut police wanted to charge O'Rourke with criminally negligent homicide in connection with the January 2009 death of Carol Sinisgalli. Sinisgalli, an employee of the state Department of Motor Vehicles, died of exposure in Rocky Hill on January 21.[3]

Criminally negligent homicide is a misdemeanor. If convicted, it is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.

O'Rourke was the last known person to have seen Sinisgalli alive. He told police that the night the death occurred he was trying to provide Sinisgalli with a ride home from a Cromwell bar, that she got into his car uninvited at the bar, and that she jumped out of his car later on in the area between Dividend Road and Rachel Drive in Rocky Hill.[3]


O'Rourke and his wife, Kimberly, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Connecticut State House District 32
Succeeded by
Christie Carpino