Congressman Joe Courtney represents the people of Connecticut's Second Congressional District.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, Courtney serves on the Armed Services Committee and Education and Labor Committee.
Prior to his election in 2006, Courtney
represented the citizens of Vernon in the
56th House District in the Connecticut General
Assembly for four consecutive terms -- from
1987 to 1994. During this tenure, he served as House Chairman for both the Public
Health and Human Services Committees.
state legislator, Courtney took up the fight for
better health care. As Chairman of the Blue Ribbon
Commission on Universal Health Insurance, Courtney
was instrumental in proposing reforms that resulted
in increased access and better health care for
all Connecticut citizens.
tireless, hard working, and respected legislator,
Courtney was also recognized in a legislative
poll in 1994 by Connecticut Magazine for his bi-partisan
efforts, and named the "Most Conscientious”
and the “Democrat Most Admired by Republicans.”
1998, Courtney made a Democratic bid for Lieutenant
Governor, and for the Second District Congressman
in 2002. Despite the unprecedented influx of Republican
PAC money into the district earmarked for negative
campaigning, Courtney came within a few points
of the Republican incumbent.
2004, Courtney worked tirelessly for the Kerry-Edwards
ticket. He personally served as Connecticut coordinator
for the John Edwards campaign, making TV and campaign
appearances, and leading Connecticut's 14 Edwards
delegates at the National Convention.
is a 1975 graduate of Tufts University in Boston.
He earned a law degree from the University of
Connecticut School of Law in 1978.
lives in Vernon with his wife, Audrey Courtney,
a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and their two
children, Robert and Elizabeth.