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Rep. Joe Courtney (D)

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Phone: 202-225-2076

Address: 2348 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (860) 886-0139

Address: 55 Main Street, Norwich CT 06360-5760

Enfield CT

Phone: (860) 741-6011

Fax: (860) 741-6036

Address: 77 Hazard Avenue, Enfield CT 06082-3890

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Joe Courtney Biography
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  • Elected: 2006, 4th term.
  • District: Connecticut 2
  • Born: Apr. 06, 1953, Hartford
  • Home: Vernon
  • Education:

    Tufts U., B.A. 1975, U. of CT, J.D. 1978

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty., 1978-2006; CT coordinator, John Edwards pres. campaign, 2004.

  • Political Career:

    CT House of Reps., 1986-94.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Audrey); 2 children

Democrat Joe Courtney, elected in 2006, is known for tirelessly promoting issues that are important to him, including education and defense. He uses his Armed Services Committee seat to be a vigilant guardian of his region’s military bases and factories, including General Dynamics’ Electric Boat plant and the New London Naval Submarine Base. Read More

Democrat Joe Courtney, elected in 2006, is known for tirelessly promoting issues that are important to him, including education and defense. He uses his Armed Services Committee seat to be a vigilant guardian of his region’s military bases and factories, including General Dynamics’ Electric Boat plant and the New London Naval Submarine Base.

Courtney was raised in West Hartford, the youngest of five boys. He studied at Tufts University, graduated from the University of Connecticut law school and went into private practice. In 1986, he won the first of four terms in the state House, where he served as chairman of the public health and human services committees. He ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 1998, and then unsuccessfully against Republican Rep. Rob Simmons in 2002. Courtney ran on the Democratic themes of Social Security protection, better prescription drug coverage for seniors and opposition to President George W. Bush’s tax cuts, but Simmons won 54%-46%. Courtney stepped aside for Democrat Jim Sullivan to take on Simmons in 2004, but Sullivan lost by the same 54%-46% total.

Courtney came back for a rematch with Simmons in 2006, getting his campaign under way early in 2005. Democrats worked diligently to nationalize the race by exploiting voter anger over the Iraq war and GOP ethics scandals in Congress. Simmons was attacked for donating $1,000 to the legal defense fund for Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who was caught up in dual ethics and fundraising investigations. After DeLay left Congress in disgrace, Democrats sought to tether Simmons to the increasingly unpopular Bush. Simmons touted his independence by pointing to votes he took on partial-birth abortion and same-sex marriage in opposition to the administration’s positions. He also touted his successful lobbying to keep the district’s submarine base off the 2005 base-closing list.

On Election Night, Courtney held only a slim 167-vote lead, triggering an automatic recount. A week later, Courtney’s lead was cut in half, but official results gave him a winning margin of 83 votes out of the more than 242,000 cast. He was the survivor of the closest House race of the 2006 elections.

In the House, Courtney’s new colleagues gave him a nickname, “Landslide Joe.” But he also got a seat on Armed Services, where he could more effectively lobby for the Navy’s shipbuilding program at Groton. During negotiations on so-called “fiscal cliff” tax and spending legislation in late 2012, he told the Hartford Courant that he faithfully studied Electric Boat employment listings like baseball box scores, looking for signs of anxiety because of the threat of massive defense cuts. Earlier, he worked with other Connecticut and Rhode Island lawmakers in 2007 to successfully secure an extra $588 million in the defense appropriations bill for submarines, paving the way for the Navy to double its submarine production from one to two a year. That led to another nickname from colleagues: “Two Sub Joe.”

Courtney took over as co-chair of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus and worked to prevent a one-year cut in submarine production in 2014 while protecting the appropriation for a “stretched” version of a Virginia-class sub with cruise-missile tubes, which was designed at Electric Boat’s offices in New London. He also successfully lobbied the Pentagon to include in its Quadrennial Defense Review the need for a future fleet of as many as 55 submarines, up from the 48 called for in 2006.

In 2008, Courtney was the only member of the Connecticut delegation who voted against the $700 billion Wall Street rescue, which he said focused too much on “a square mile of New York City.” But he has generally been a faithful Democrat. Representing a district that includes the University of Connecticut, he was the leading champion of keeping interest rates low on federally backed college loans, and he got a provision in a House-passed highway bill in June 2012 to prevent the rates from doubling after making more than two dozen floor speeches and numerous news media appearances. During the 2009 health care debate, Courtney led House Democratic opposition to a proposed “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health insurance plans, which he said would harm millions of middle-class people. He helped change it to a 3.8% tax on unearned income.

On an important local issue in 2008, Courtney won enactment of a bill giving environmental protection to 25 miles of the Eightmile River, bringing it under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. His attention to local and state issues can’t be overstated: In early 2013, Courtney noticed a historical inaccuracy in Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed movie Lincoln. The film wrongly depicted two Connecticut congressmen voting against the 13th amendment abolishing slavery. The congressman asked Spielberg in a letter to correct the mistake for the DVD release of the film, a development covered by national news outlets.

Unlike most of the Democrats elected in 2006, Courtney has had an easy time winning reelection, never receiving less than 60% of the vote.

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Joe Courtney Election Results
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2012 General
Joseph Courtney (D)
Votes: 204,708
Percent: 68.25%
Paul Formica (R)
Votes: 88,103
Percent: 29.37%
2012 Primary
Joseph Courtney (D)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (60%), 2008 (66%), 2006 (50%)
Joe Courtney Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 78 (L) : 21 (C) 79 (L) : 19 (C) 67 (L) : 33 (C)
Social 77 (L) : 21 (C) 85 (L) : - (C) 64 (L) : 35 (C)
Foreign 69 (L) : 29 (C) 63 (L) : 36 (C) 78 (L) : 18 (C)
Composite 75.5 (L) : 24.5 (C) 78.7 (L) : 21.3 (C) 70.5 (L) : 29.5 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC00
LCV9794
CFG115
ITIC-58
NTU1212
20112012
COC31-
ACLU-84
ACU04
ADA8090
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
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