Joe Courtney (politician)
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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 2nd district
January 3, 2007
|Preceded by||Rob Simmons|
April 6, 1953 |
|Alma mater||Tufts University, University of Connecticut|
Joseph "Joe" Courtney (born April 6, 1953) is the U.S. Representative for Connecticut's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2007. The district includes most of the eastern third of the state, including Norwich and New London. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Early life, education and career 
Courtney grew up in suburban Hartford and became a 1975 graduate of Tufts University. He earned a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1978 and worked as a public defender for 3 years after leaving school. Courtney is a partner in the law firm Courtney, Boyan & Foran. He also serves as Town Attorney in Vernon, Connecticut, the town in which he currently resides.
Connecticut House of Representatives 
Courtney served in the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing Connecticut's 56th district, from 1987 to 1994. He was chairman of the Public Health and Human Service Committee and oversaw the Blue Ribbon Commission on Universal Health Insurance. In 1994, he was honored by Connecticut Magazine for his bipartisan efforts in the state house.
U.S. House of Representatives 
Committee assignments 
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Armed Services
Prior to the 112th Congress, Courtney served on the Committee on Education and Labor with membership on the Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness and Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.
Political positions 
Social Security 
Representative Courtney strongly favors keeping Social Security from being privatized. In his position paper, he states “I support proposals to fully fund Social Security and will strongly oppose attempts to privatize the program.” However, he does feel that some modifications are necessary to keep the program working and providing retired Americans with the benefits they have earned. Additionally, he voted for the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act which would fix what he calls the “broken physician reimbursement system” and replace it with a functional one.
Gun Rights 
Representative Joe Courtney supports restrictions on the purchase and possessions of handguns. In 2010, the interest group, Gun Owners of America, gave him a F based on his legislative votes; he does not support their cause. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence gave Courtney a grade of 100 percent.
Representative Courtney was endorsed in the past election by organizations such as the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, which champions those laws and lawmakers that protect wildlife and wild places while working against those that do them harm.", the National Education Association, whose goal is to “promote the cause of quality public education and advance the profession of education; expand the rights and further the interest of educational employees; and advocate human, civil, and economic rights for all”, as well as Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club, and the Humane Society Legislative Fund.
Abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research 
Congressman Courtney favors abortion rights and access to contraception, and favors embryonic stem cell research. 
Civil rights 
Courtney has always been a proponent of equal rights under law.
- Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
While in Congress, Courtney has consistently supported and sponsored healthcare reform, in line with his career in the Connecticut House. He has also supported alternative energy and environmental programs and has opposed the Patriot Act. He was the only Representative from Connecticut to vote against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.
Political campaigns 
In 1998, after four years out of office, Courtney made an unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor.
Courtney first ran for Congress against incumbent Rob Simmons in 2002 and lost 54%-46%.
Courtney again challenged Simmons in 2006 in a race that political strategists projected would be very close. Courtney was declared the winner on Election Day 2006 by the slim margin of 83 votes out of over 242,000 cast. Under Connecticut law the race qualified for an automatic re-canvass because he won by less than one half percent. An up and down recount that found several errors, including one that gave Courtney an extra 100 votes, was finished on November 14, 2006. The final results gave Courtney 83 votes over Simmons.
Personal life 
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- Congressman Joe Courtney : Seniors & Retirement Security
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- Project Vote Smart - National Education Association
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- Joe Courtney on the Issues
- Jennifer Medina, "Democrat Wins House Seat After Recount in Connecticut," New York Times, November 16, 2006.
- Dankosky, John; Blanksteen, Melissa (2008-04-15). "2nd District Challenger Sean Sullivan". Where We Live. Connecticut Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
- Mann, Ted (2008-11-05). "This Time, Courtney Cruises". The New London Day. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
- Gannon, Michael (2008-11-04). "Decision 2008: No doubt this time — Courtney wins big". Norwich Bulletin. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
- Mahony, Edmund H.; Funkhouser ,David and Marteka, Peter (2008-11-05). "Courtney Re-Elected To Congress By Wide Margin". The Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
- AP Election Results - Courant.com
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Joe Courtney|
- Representative Joe Courtney official U.S. House site
- Joe Courtney for Congress official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Ballotpedia
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at Roll Call
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance (federal office) at LegiStorm.com
- Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Freshman congressman Joe Courtney learns the ropes and tries to keep his balance on Capitol Hill Washington Post Photo Gallery, June 7, 2007
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 2nd congressional district
January 3, 2007 – present
|United States order of precedence|
|United States Representatives by seniority