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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) was a Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing the 32nd District from 1991 to 2011. The 32nd District includes Cromwell, Portland and Middletown.

O'Rourke was first elected to the Connecticut state house in 1990 and has served continuously since then. He became the assistant majority leader of the Connecticut House in 2002. He has also served as chair of the Smalltown Legislative Council and as a member of the Cromwell Democratic Town Committee.

O'Rourke has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. He has worked as the development director of The Connection Incorporated, and as a legislative director for the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group from 1985-1988.

He is married to Kimberly O'Rourke and they have three children.

Negligent homicide charge

In April 2009 it was announced that Connecticut police want 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.[1]

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 is the last known person known 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.[1]

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.[2] O'Rourke raised $24,451 for his campaign; Adamsons raised $30,380.[3]

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

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