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Joe Courtney
Joe Courtney.jpg
U.S. House, Connecticut, District 2
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 8
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut House of Representatives, District 56
Bachelor'sTufts University
J.D.University of Connecticut
Date of birthApril 6, 1953
Place of birthHartford, Connecticut
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Joe Courtney campaign logo
Joseph "Joe" Courtney (b. April 6, 1953) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Courtney was elected by voters from Connecticut's 2nd congressional district.

Courtney ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Connecticut's 2nd District. Courtney sought re-election on the Democratic ticket. Daria Novak and Christopher Coutu ran as Republicans and Dan Reale ran as a Libertarian.[1] The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was June 12, 2012. The primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. Courtney was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Courtney is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[3]


Courtney grew up in suburban Hartford, Connecticut. Courtney is a 1975 graduate of Tufts University in Boston and earned a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1978. He worked as a public defender for 3 years after leaving school. Courtney is a partner in the law firm Courtney, Boyan & Foran. He also serves as Town Attorney in Vernon, Connecticut, the town in which he currently resides.[4]


Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Courtney serves on the following committees:[4]


Political Positions

  • Courtney was recognized in a legislative poll in 1994 by Connecticut Magazine for his bipartisan efforts, and named the "Most Conscientious" and the "Democrat Most Admired by Republicans."[4]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Courtney voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]



See also: Connecticut's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Courtney ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Connecticut's 2nd District. Courtney ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Paul Formica (R), Dan Reale (L), and Colin D. Bennet (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6]

U.S. House, Connecticut District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Courtney Incumbent 68.2% 204,708
     Republican Paul M Formica 29.4% 88,103
     Green Colin D. Bennet 1.2% 3,638
     Libertarian Dan Reale 1.2% 3,511
Total Votes 299,960
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Courtney won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Janet Peckinpaugh (R), G. Scott Deshefy (Green), Daniel Reale (Independent), Muriel P. Bianchi (Independent) in the general election.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Courtney Incumbent 58.7% 140,888
     Republican Janet Peckinpaugh 39.9% 95,671
     Green G. Scott Deshefy 1.4% 3,344
     Independent Daniel Reale 0% 27
     Independent Muriel P. Bianchi 0% 19
Total Votes 239,949

Campaign donors


Joe Courtney (2012)[8] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2012$716,651.01$181,381.55$(73,232.09)$824,800.47
Pre-Convention[10]May 2, 2012$824,800.47$22,997.34$(31,740.69)$816,057.12
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$816,057.12$211,204.59$(101,137.55)$926,124.16
Running totals

Courtney raised $211,000 in contributions in the second quarter between April 25 and June 30, boosting his total haul in the campaign cycle to $1.1 million.[12]


Breakdown of the source of Courtney's campaign funds before the 2010election.

Courtney won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Courtney's campaign committee raised a total of $1,781,959 and spent $2,171,904.[13]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Courtney paid his congressional staff a total of $1,015,601 in 2011. He ranks 80th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 147th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Connecticut ranks 4th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[14]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Courtney's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $133,021 and $595,000. That averages to $364,010.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[15]

Percentage voting with party

Joe Courtney voted with the Democratic Party 93 of the time, which ranked 79 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[16]


Courtney lives in Vernon with his wife, Audrey Courtney, and their two children, Robert and Elizabeth. [4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rob Simmons
U.S. House of Representatives - Connecticut, District 2
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Connecticut House of Representatives, District 56
Succeeded by