Joe Courtney

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Joe Courtney currently serves the 2nd Congressional district of Connecticut

Joe Courtney, a Democrat, has represented the Second Congressional District of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007. (map)

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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Courtney was born on April 6, 1953 in Hartford, Conn. He received a bachelors degree from Tufts University in 1975, and a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1978. Courtney served as a state representative from Vernon, Connecticut, representing Connecticut's 56th district from 1987 to 1994. In 1998, he made an unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor. Courtney ran for Congress against incumbent Rob Simmons (R-Conn.) in 2002, and is trying to unseat Simmons again in 2006. [1].

He is a partner in the law firm Courtney, Boyan & Foran, and also serves as Town Attorney in Vernon.

Courtney and his wife Aubrey have two children.

2006 election

Courtney's election contest against Rep. Rob Simmons (R-Conn.) was very close, with Courtney leading by less than 200 votes following an initial count, and less than 100 after a counting error was detected. This count did not include provisional ballots. [2] Following a final recount, Courtney was declared the winner by less than 100 votes. [3]

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Connecticut superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Joe Courtney, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

  • For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Joe Courtney
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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


More Background Data

Background information on Rob Simmons, whom Joe Courtney challenged in the 2006 congressional elections:


DC Office:
215 Cannon House Office Building
Washington , DC 20515
(202) 225-2076
(202) 225-4977 fax
Web Email

District Office:
2 Courthouse Square , Fifth Floor
Norwich , CT 06360
(860) 886-0139
(860) 886-2974 fax

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Local blogs and discussion sites


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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Readiness, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Seapower and Expeditionary Forces, House Committee on Education and Labor, House Committee on Education and Labor/Subcommittee on Higher Education Lifelong Learning and Competitiveness, House Committee on Education and Labor/Subcommittee on Health Employment Labor and Pensions,
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 2006
First Took Current Office:
January 4, 2007
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
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Connecticut General Assembly,
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1. 2 Courthouse Square , Fifth Floor, Norwich , CT 06360
Phone: 860-886-0139 / Fax: 860-886-2974

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Date of Birth: April 6, 1953