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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Personal

Full Name:

Jesse MacLachlan

Gender:

Male

Religion:

Christian

Education

Bachelor's, Political Science, Gordon College, 2008-2012

Political Experience

Representative, Connecticut State House of Representatives, District 35, 2014-present

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Education

Member, Environment

Member, Executive and Legislative Nominations

Member, Transportation

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Banks Committee, Connecticut State House of Representatives

Former Member, Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee, Connecticut State House of Representatives

Former Member, Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, Connecticut State House of Representatives

Former Member, Insurance and Real Estate Committee, Connecticut State House of Representatives

Professional Experience

Employee, Strategic Initiatives, Greenskies Renewable Energy Limited Liability Company, 2018-2019

Asset Manager, Greenskies Renewable Energy Limited Liability Company, 2015-2018

Project Supervisor, Biblio Tech, Incorporated, 2007-2015

Roofing, JSD Home Improvements, 2012-2013

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

Board Member, Valley Shore YMCA, 2016-present

Member/Sunday School Teacher, Valley Shore Assembly of God Church, Old Saybrook, present

Member, Palcus, 2015-2016

Articles

Issue Position: Protecting Our Seniors

Jan. 1, 2014

Some of our citizens choose to leave Connecticut after retirement in search of a warmer climate. That's great! But nobody should be forced to leave their family and friends because they can't afford to live and retire in Connecticut. All of our residents, including those living on fixed incomes, should have the ability to retire here.Connecticut is one of only a handful of states that taxes social security as income. I will work to reduce and eventually phase out this unfair tax. Connecticut is one of only fifteen states with an estate tax, and one of only six states with an inheritance tax. I will work to reduce and eventually eliminate these unfair taxes to remove this disincentive on retiring in this state. Unfunded mandates fall heavily on municipalities and increase mill rates making it difficult for retirees to afford property taxes. I will not support any additional unfunded mandates on our towns unless the need is so urgent that it receives at least a 3/5 majority vote in the State House of Representatives. If it's important enough to mandate, the state should provide the additional funding. In addition, I support capping property tax increases at 3% annually.

Issue Position: Taxes & Spending

Jan. 1, 2014

Our government has an addiction to spending. Each year our state budget, full of waste, continues to balloon out of control and the politicians in Hartford lean on overburdened taxpayers to foot the bill. This cycle spending and taxes must be stopped if we are to get our state budget under control and lead our state to sustained economic recovery.As your state representative I will work to: Freeze state spending for two years.Conduct a line-by-line review of the state budget to identify and eliminate excessive or unnecessary spending and programs.Cap the gas tax. This is a regressive tax that adversely hurts the poor and stymies business growth.Get control of the state's borrowing practices. Government should bond for capitol projects, not to keep the lights on.Look for areas where the private sector can do things more efficiently and effectively than government.

Issue Position: Public Safety

Jan. 1, 2014

Public Safety is one of the core functions of government. If government is not keeping the citizens safe then it is failing to do its job.If elected I will work to repeal the misguided policy of giving good behavior credits to violent felons. The program, created by Governor Malloy, has allowed felons to accrue early release credits for "good behavior" despite failed drug tests and additional crimes committed while in prison. Unfortunately, in just a few years since its inception, a number of criminals have been awarded these credits while in prison and have gone on to commit heinous crimes upon their release including armed robbery and murder. This simply cannot continue. Additionally, I will fight against recent Democrat proposals that seek to reduce the Drug Free School Zones from 1,500 feet to 200 feet. Our schools should be safe zones for our children. Reducing the size of the drug free zones around our community's schools is akin to reducing penalties on drug dealers who target children. If you sell drugs anywhere near our schools- you should face harsh punishment.

Events

2020

Feb. 18
Killingworth Legislative Town Hall

Tue 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Haddam Killingworth Middle School Killingworth, CT

Jan. 17
Coffee & Conversation

Fri 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM EST

7 Glenwood Rd, Clinton, CT 06413-1701, United States

Jan. 14
Westbrook Office Hour

Tue 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST

Westbrook Public Library Westbrook, CT