Joseph Courtney

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U.S. Representative

Joseph Courtney (D)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Education and Labor
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for CT-02

Confirmed: Paul Formica, Joseph Courtney
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for CT-02)
On the Web
Official website

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


Record and controversies

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
2008 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 0 - 0/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 100 - 20/20 95 - 19/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 50 - 10/20 not avail.

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal


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, Joseph Courtney, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
General Dynamics$ 21,000
Alion Science & Technology$ 14,000
Pfizer Inc$ 11,862
Air Line Pilots Assn$ 10,000
American Crystal Sugar$ 10,000
American Federation of Teachers$ 10,000
Boilermakers Union$ 10,000
Carpenters & Joiners Union$ 10,000
Dominion Resources$ 10,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Joseph Courtney
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

More Background Data

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


DC office
  • 215 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2076 Fax: 202-225-4977
    Webform email
District offices
  • 2 Courthouse Square , Fifth Floor, Norwich , CT 06360
    Ph: 860-886-0139 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
  • No campaign website entered.
  • No campaign webform email entered.
  • No campaign office information entered.

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