State Representative Joe Aresimowicz was first elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in 2004 to represent the 30th House District, which includes Berlin and Southington, and is currently serving his seventh term. On January 4th, 2017, his colleagues elected him Speaker of the House. He previously served as House Majority Leader for the 2013-2016 legislative sessions.
Honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserve, where he served as a combat medic for almost a decade, veterans issues are very important to Joe. During his tenure in the legislature, before taking his leadership roles as Majority Leader and Speaker, Joe served as a long-time member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee. He has also served on the Public Safety and Security Committee, the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee, the Commerce Committee, and was vice chair of the Government Administration and Elections Committee.
During his 14 years as a state representative, Joe has received many awards and accolades. He received the 2017 Educational Champion Award from the New England Secondary School Consortium for his strong support for career and technical education. The Connecticut High School Coaches Association named him as one of the 2016 Outstanding Coaches of the Year and awarded him with the Joseph J. Fontana Distinguished Service Award. He received the 2015 CT Community Providers Association’s Community Champion Award for his outstanding leadership in supporting community provider organizations. He has been named a Children’s Champion by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance for three consecutive years for his work to ensure that Connecticut’s young children remain a legislative priority. He also received the 2014, 2015 and 2016 AARP Legislative Achievement Awards for his leadership on retirement savings.
Other organizations that have honored Joe include: the American Legion, the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut, the Connecticut Association of Optometrists, the Connecticut State Medical Society, the Alliance of Connecticut YMCAs, the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians, the Connecticut River Salmon Association, and the Radiological Society of Connecticut.
Community and public service are very important to Joe. Prior to being elected to the legislature, Joe served three terms on the Berlin Town Council. In 2016, he was named the head coach of the Berlin High School Football Team. Previously, he was the coach of BHS’s Freshman Football Team. Joe has also directed Berlin Midget Football for the past 18 years, coached Berlin Little League and the New Britain Rising Stars AAU Basketball Team.
In addition to serving in the legislature, Joe is the Education Coordinator for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 4.
A lifelong Berlin resident, Joe attended public schools in Berlin through high school. He and his family reside in Berlin, where his two youngest children, Ryan and Katie, attend Berlin public schools and his oldest son Michael, who coaches football in Berlin.
Updated July 6, 2018