Joan Hartley

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Joan Hartley
Connecticut State Senate District 15
In office
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 13
Assistant President Pro Tempore, Connecticut State Senate
Assistant Majority Leader, Connecticut State House
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut House of Representatives
Bachelor'sElms College
Master'sTrinity College
Place of birthWaterbury, MA
Office website
Joan V. Hartley is a Democratic member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 15 since 2001. She is currently Assistant President Pro Tempore.

Hartley served in the Connecticut State House of Representatives from 1985 to 2000. In 1989 she was House Assistant Majority Leader.

Hartley earned her BA from Elms College. She went on to receive her MA from Trinity College. Hartley is an Educator.

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Vice Chair
Executive and Legislative Nominations, Vice Chair
Insurance and Real Estate
Public Safety and Security, Chair


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


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



See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Hartley ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 15. Hartley ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. She defeated Blair Bertaccini (WF) and Andrew "Andy" Larsen (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012. [1]Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

Connecticut State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoan V. Hartley Incumbent 85.2% 19,927
     Independent Andrew "Andy" Larsen 10% 2,334
     Working Families Blair Bertaccini 4.9% 1,140
Total Votes 23,401


See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

Hartley ran for re-election to the 15th District Seat in 2010. She had no opposition in the primary or general election.

Connecticut State Senate, District 15 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joan Hartley (D) 14,178
Theodore Derouin (Ind) 1,871
Blair Bertaccini (Working Families Party) 675


On November 4, 2008, Hartley won re-election to the 15th District Seat in the Connecticut State Senate, defeating Cicero Booker, Jr. (I).[2]

Connecticut State Senate, District 15 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joan Hartley (D) 21,839
Cicero Booker, Jr. (I) 2,878

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Hartley raised $26,665 in contributions. [3]

Her largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $1,000 to her campaign.


In 2008, Hartley collected $100,303 in donations.[4]

Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $83,313
CT Democratic State Central Committee $303
Joseph Anthony $100
Joseph Mengacci $100
Carmen Vacalebre $100


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.[5]


Hartley received a score of 2 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied for the 15th highest score among the 36 scored members of the Connecticut Senate. This score was 2 lower than her score of 4 for the 2009-10 term.[5]

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Hartley and her husband, Jim, have two children.

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