|U.S. House, Connecticut, District 2|
|January 3, 2007-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||7|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 7, 2006|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Connecticut House of Representatives, District 56|
|J.D.||University of Connecticut|
|Birthday||April 6, 1953|
|Place of birth||Hartford, Connecticut|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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. 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.
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.
- 2007-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut's 2nd congressional district
- 1987-1994: Connecticut House of Representatives, Connecticut's 56th congressional district
- 1978-1981: Public Defender
Courtney serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Armed Services
- Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions
- Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Ranking member
Courtney served on the following committees:
- United States House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture
- Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
- Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry
- United States House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Readiness
- Subcommittee on Seapower and Expeditionary Forces
- 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."
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.
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.
|U.S. House, Connecticut District 2, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Joe Courtney Incumbent||68.2%||204,708|
|Republican||Paul M Formica||29.4%||88,103|
|Green||Colin D. Bennet||1.2%||3,638|
|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.
|Joe Courtney (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$716,651.01||$181,381.55||$(73,232.09)||$824,800.47|
|Pre-Convention||May 2, 2012||$824,800.47||$22,997.34||$(31,740.69)||$816,057.12|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2012||$816,057.12||$211,204.59||$(101,137.55)||$926,124.16|
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.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District, 2010 - Joe Courtney Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$247,391|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$269,668|
|Top contributors to Joe Courtney's campaign committee|
|Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder||$18,750|
|Silver, Golub & Teitell||$14,950|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$62,000|
|Building Trade Unions||$60,500|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
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.
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.
Courtney lives in Vernon with his wife, Audrey Courtney, and their two children, Robert and Elizabeth. 
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- Norwich Bulletin "Republican declares 2nd run for Congress" Accessed December 1, 2011
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- Gov Track "Courtney" Accessed May 21, 2012
- Congressman Joe Courtney "Biography" Accessed October 15, 2011
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- FEC Reports "Joe Courtney Summary Reports" Accessed July 18, 2012
- FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 18, 2012
- FEC Reports "Pre-Convention" Accessed July 18, 2012
- FEC Reports "July Quarterly" Accessed July 18, 2012
- The Day Connecticut "Courtney, McMahon pad leads in campaign fundraising " Accessed July 18, 2012
- Open Secrets "Joe Courtney 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 8, 2011
- LegiStorm "Joe Courtney"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Courtney, (D-Conn), 2010"
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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