Born and raised in Stratford, Joe attended Holy Name Elementary, Wooster Middle and Stratford High School. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from Central Connecticut State University, Joe worked as a weather forecaster at Western Connecticut State University before catching the news bug and beginning a career in radio news. He had a successful career as a radio news reporter/anchor at WICC/WEBE, winning many Associated Press awards and twice the Ellen Abrams award for best radio reporter in the state.

After working in the City of Bridgeport administration managing all media relations and public affairs functions including the police and fire departments, Joe served as the deputy chief of staff for the State of Connecticut House Speaker.

He returned to the city of Bridgeport and currently works on green initiatives ranging from energy efficiency and renewable energy to urban forestation and sustainable growth.

Joe annually volunteers at the Housatonic River clean-up and is a member of Protect Your Environment (PYE), the Stratford Rotary and the Lordship Fathers Club. He is also an auxiliary member of the local VFW Post 9460 and was also a lector at Holy Name of Jesus Church.

Joe is fighting for Stratford interests at the State Capitol, including assisting in the securing of funding for the renovation of Stratford High School, the grant for the improvements at the South End Community Center and playscape, the funding for the Sterling House upgrades and the Connecticut Air and Space Museum at Sikorsky Memorial Airport. He is honored to be representing the district held by his good friend, Terry Backer, until his passing in late 2015.