Brendan Sharkey was re-elected on November 4, 2014 to serve his 8th term as State Representative, representing the 88th Assembly District in Hamden.He was first elected by his legislative colleagues as Speaker of the House of Representatives on January 9, 2013. He previously served as House Majority Leader, chair of the Planning & Development and Program Review & Investigations committees, and as a member of the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee.
In February 2013, Speaker Sharkey reestablished the MORE (Municipal Opportunities & Regional Efficiencies) Commission, which he originally chaired in 2010 resulting in a set of new laws focused on encouraging regional cooperation among towns. The current incarnation of MORE is a bipartisan panel charged with helping cities and towns reduce their costs and increase efficiencies with the ultimate goal of lowering local property taxes.
Rep. Sharkey was born in Orange, New Jersey 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, and from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1989.
He is an attorney and small business owner, as well as a member of the Hamden Chamber of Commerce and Connecticut Bar Association. Brendan lives in Hamden with his wife, Diane.