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J. Brendan Sharkey
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Connecticut House of Representatives, District 88
In office
2001 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 14
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University
J.D.University of Connecticut School of Law, 1989
Date of birth03/18/1962
Place of birthOrange, NJ
Office website
J. Brendan Sharkey is a Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing the 88th District since 2001. He currently serves as House Majority Leader.

Sharkey currently serves as Owner of the AmeriZone Limited Liability Company, and J. Brendan Sharkey, Attorney at Law. He previously worked as Director of Grant Operations for the Town of Hamden from 1993-1997, and was Co-Owner of the Connecticut Zoning and Permitting Limited Liability Company.

Sharkey is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, Hamden Boys and Girls Club, Hamden Chamber of Commerce, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and New Haven Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Legislative Management, Co-Chair


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sharkey served on these committees:



See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sharkey ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 88. Sharkey ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He also ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012. [2][3][4]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 88, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrendan Sharkey Incumbent 100% 7,163
Total Votes 7,163


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sharkey ran for re-election to the 88th District seat in 2010. He defeated Lesley DeNardis (R) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 88 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png J. Brendan Sharkey (D) 4,027
Lesley DeNardis (R) 2,834


On November 4, 2008, Sharkey won re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives from Connecticut's 88th District, defeating Matthew Corcoran (petitioning candidate). Sharkey received 5,906 votes in the election while Corcoran received 3,218 votes.[5] Sharkey raised $28,709 for his campaign; Corcoran raised $5,155.[6]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 88
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png J. Brendan Sharkey (D) 5,906
Matthew Corcoran (petitioning) 3,218

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Sharkey raised $30,911 in contributions. [7]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $25,685 to his campaign.


Listed below is the largest contributor to J. Brendan Sharkey's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $25,000


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.[8]


Sharkey received a score of 0 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied with 72 others for the lowest score among the 152 scored members of the Connecticut House of Representatives. This score was 2 lower than his score of 2 for the 2009-10 term.[8]

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