Jeff Currey, a lifelong resident of East Hartford and proud son, brother, and uncle, was re-elected to a third term in 2018 to serve the 11th Assembly District, which is made up of parts of East Hartford, Manchester and South Windsor. For the 2017-2019 term, Jeff has been named Deputy Majority Leader and appointed to the Appropriations, Education, and Judiciary Committees.
Jeff’s legislative accomplishments include:
- Co-chairing the country’s first legislatively created 2-Generational Workforce and School Readiness/Success Advisory Council. Through his work with the 2-Gen pilot program, the State of Connecticut is working to change the state’s cycle of poverty to one of prosperity.
- Leading the passage of legislation banning conversion therapy, the discredited practice of trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Heading a coalition of legislators to pass historic legislation addressing crumbling concrete foundations throughout northeastern Connecticut. The legislation provides financial assistance to homeowners to repair their foundations while taking steps to prevent the issue in the future.
- Helping to reform the state education funding system. Jeff has been a leader in the fight for a fair and equitable state education funding system, and has successfully advocated for improvements to the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula that determines state education aid for our schools.
- Championing LGBTQ+ legislative priorities by helping the passage of a ban on the gay and transgender panic defense, the creation of an LGBTQ health and human services network, and expansion of LGBTQ+ youth access to HIV prevention medication.
- Passing legislation to strengthen Connecticut’s Safe Haven Law. The Safe Haven Law allows any individual to leave a newborn child with hospital emergency room staff with no questions asked, preventing infant abandonment and death.
Jeff graduated from the East Hartford Public School System and received his B.A. in Theater from Wagner College in New York City. After graduating from college, he found his way back to a life of public service, something embedded in him from the time he was very young. Giving back to the community is a family tradition he enjoys continuing.
Jeff is the Manager of Special Projects for the Admissions Department at Goodwin University in East Hartford. He is currently working with the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Employment & Training division providing free certification and associate degree programs to residents receiving SNAP benefits. Prior to joining the team at Goodwin, Jeff worked for the CT Department of Labor assisting in overseeing the Jobs First Employment Services Program for those on cash assistance throughout the state.
Prior to serving as a state representative, Jeff served as the Chairman of the East Hartford Board of Education, where he was first elected in 2009. Additionally, he served on the board of the East Hartford Community Resource Center as well as CABE (Connecticut Association of Boards of Education), where he held the position of Area Director. Jeff is currently a member of a number of organizations, including:
- Member, East Hartford Adult Education Advisory Committee
- Board Member, Y.E.D.S. (Young. Educated. Determined to Succeed), a non-profit providing youth with activities to elevate their minds and explore creative thinking skills
- Governing Board Member, Little Theatre of Manchester
- Board Member, Lutz Children's Museum
- Board Member, CTGLC (Greater CT Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce)
- Member, Foodshare, Strategic Planning & Program Development Committee
- Board Member, CCEH (Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness)
In his free time, besides long walks on the beach, he enjoys singing with the Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus, trying to keep up with his six nieces and nephews, as well as taking in the many sights and trails that our beautiful state has to offer.