Brendan Sharkey Article

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Brendan Sharkey
Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives
In office
January 9, 2013 – January 9, 2017
Preceded by Chris Donovan
Succeeded by Joe Aresimowicz
Majority Leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives
In office
January 5, 2011 – January 9, 2013
Preceded by Denise Merrill
Succeeded by Joe Aresimowicz
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 88th district
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 9, 2017
Preceded byMargaret “Peggy” Gill
Succeeded byJosh Elliott
Personal details
Born (1962-03-18) March 18, 1962 (age 56)
Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Georgetown University
University of Connecticut, Hartford
Website House website

J. Brendan Sharkey ( Orange, New Jersey, 1962) is the former Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives. He was sworn in as Speaker on January 9, 2013. From 2011 until his election as Speaker he served as the Majority Leader. Since 2001 he has represented the 88th Assembly District, consisting of parts of Hamden.

Early life and family

Sharkey was born in Orange, New Jersey in 1962 and moved to Connecticut in 1971. He attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in English/Philosophy. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1989.

Professional career

Sharkey is an attorney and owner of AmeriZone, LLC, a small consulting business specializing in zoning and permit expediting for national companies.

Political career

Sharkey was first elected to the House in 1993 representing the 88th Assembly District covering a part of Hamden. In 2009, he was elected the Majority Leader and elected Speaker in 2013.

He previously served as House Chair of the Planning & Development Committee and the Review & Investigations Committee and served on the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee.

Associations

  • Member, Hamden Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Connecticut Bar Association

Electoral history

Connecticut House of Representatives: General Election 2014: 88th District
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brendan Sharkey 4,641 66.6
Republican Matthew Corcoran 2,325 33.4
Total votes 6,966 100
Connecticut House of Representatives: General Election 2012: 88th District
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brendan Sharkey 7,163 100
Total votes 7,163 100
Connecticut House of Representatives: General Election 2010: 88th District
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brendan Sharkey 4,027 58.7
Republican Lesley DeNardis 2,834 41.3
Total votes 6,861 100
Connecticut House of Representatives: General Election 2008: 88th District
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brendan Sharkey 5,906 64.7
Petitioning Candidate Matthew J. Corcoran 3,218 35.3
Total votes 9,124 100
Connecticut House of Representatives: General Election 2006: 88th District
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brendan Sharkey 4,485 94.9
Working Families Brendan Sharkey 242 5.1
Total Brendan Sharkey (Incumbent) 4,727 100
Total votes 4,727 100

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