Joe Verrengia

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Joe Verrengia
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Connecticut House of Representatives, District 20
In office
February 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedFebruary 22, 2011
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Joe Verrengia is a Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives for District 20. Verrengia was elected in a special election on February 22, 2011.[1] Verrengia ran to fill the vacancy created after David D. McCluskey (D) resigned to take a position on the Board of Pardon and Paroles.[2]

Verrengia was raised in West Hartford, CT and is a graduate of the local public school system. He went on to graduate from Northeastern University and has served on the West Hartford police force for 21 years. He is a currently a town councilman, serving on the Budget and Finance, Administration and Technology, and Education Liaison committees. Verrengia has also served as a commissioner to the Metropolitan District Commission.[3]

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Public Safety and Security, Vice Chair


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

Campaign themes


Verrengia's campaign Facebook page emphasizes his record of service on the city council:

  • Worked hard to cut spending and hold the line on taxes
  • Protected our neighborhood schools
  • Enhanced our community policing
  • Worked to promote energy efficiency in our town buildings
  • Preserved services for seniors



See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

Verrengia ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 20. Verrengia ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Chad Thompson (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. [4][5][6][7]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Verrengia Incumbent 76.2% 7,138
     Republican Chad Thompson 23.8% 2,231
Total Votes 9,369


See also: State legislative special elections, 2011; Connecticut state legislative special elections, 2011

Verrengia defeated Allen Hoffman (R) in the February 22, 2011 special election.[8]

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


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.[9]


Verrengia 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 members of the Connecticut House of Representatives. He did not receive a score for the 2009-10 term because he was not yet in the legislature.[9]

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Preceded by
David D. McCluskey (D)
Connecticut House District 20
Succeeded by