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Joe Gresko

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Connecticut State House, District 121 (2019 - Present)

Assistant Majority Leader, Connecticut State House of Representatives (2017 - Present)

Quick Facts
Personal Details

Joe Gresko (Democratic Party) is a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 121. Gresko assumed office on February 3, 2016. Gresko's current term ends on January 6, 2021.

Gresko (Democratic Party) ran for re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives to represent District 121. Gresko won in the general election on November 6, 2018.

Joe Gresko was born in Stratford, Connecticut, and, as of September 2019, represents Connecticut's 121st district. Gresko earned a bachelor's degree in environmental science from Central Connecticut State University. Gresco’s career experience includes working as a weather forecaster at Western Connecticut State University and then a radio news reporter at WICC/WEBE . He served in the City of Bridgeport administration managing media relations and public affairs functions.

Personal

Full Name:

Joseph 'Joe' P. Gresko

Gender:

Male

Birth Place:

Stratford, CT

Home City:

Stratford, CT

Education

Attended, Environmental Grant Writing, Gateway Community College,School of Sustainability, 2012

BA, Environmental Science, Central Connecticut State University, 1982-1986

Political Experience

Assistant Majority Whip, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 2019-present

Representative, Connecticut State House of Representatives, District 121, 2016-present

Assistant Majority Leader, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 2017-2018

Candidate, Connecticut State House of Representatives, District 121, 2018

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Energy and Technology

Vice Chair, Environment

Member, Finance, Revenue and Bonding

Member, Subcommittee on General Bonding

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Judiciary Committee, Connecticut State House of Representatives

Professional Experience

Green Energy Coordinator, City of Bridgeport, 2016-present

Communication Specialist, State of Connecticut House Democrats, 2011-2016

Deputy Chief of Staff, State of Connecticut, Speaker James Amann, 2005-2009

Press Secretary, Mayor, City of Bridgeport Connecticut, 1999-2003

Anchor/ Reporter, WICC Radio Station, 1989-1999

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

District Leader, Stratford Democratic Town Committee, District 5, 2012-present

Lector, Holy Name of Jesus Church, present

Member, Protect Your Environment (PYE), present

Member, Stratford Rotary Club, present

Auxillary Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9460, present

Volunteer, Town of Stratford Housatonic River Clean Up, 2016

Volunteer, The Trust for Public Land, 2011-2012

Additional Information

Awards:

Connecticut Associated Press "Ellen Abrams" Award for top reporter in state, 1994, 1999

Elections

2018

General election
General election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 121

Incumbent Joe Gresko (D) defeated Robert Mitchell (R) in the general election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 121 on November 6, 2018.

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Joe Gresko (D)
70.3%
5,376 Votes

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Robert Mitchell (R)
29.7%
2,274 Votes

Total votes: 7,650

Democratic primary election

The Democratic primary was canceled.

Republican primary election

The Republican primary was canceled.


2016

General election

Elections for the Connecticut House of Representatives took place in 2016. The primary election took place on August 9, 2016, and the general election was held on November 8, 2016. The candidate filing deadline was June 7, 2016.

Incumbent Joe Gresko ran unopposed in the Connecticut House of Representatives District 121 general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 121 General Election, 2016

Party Candidate
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Joe Gresko Incumbent (unopposed)
Source: Connecticut Secretary of the State

Incumbent Joe Gresko ran unopposed in the Connecticut House of Representatives District 121 Democratic primary.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 121 Democratic Primary, 2016

Party Candidate
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Joe Gresko Incumbent (unopposed)
Jason Santi ran unopposed in the Connecticut House of Representatives District 121 Republican primary.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 121 Republican Primary, 2016

Party Candidate
Republican Green check mark transparent.png Jason Santi (unopposed)

Special election

A special election for the position of Connecticut House of Representatives District 121 was called for February 2. The filing deadline to run in this election was December 28.

The seat was vacant following the death of Terry Backer (D) on December 14, 2015, from brain cancer.

Joe Gresko (D) defeated Susan Barksdale (R) in the special election.