Brendan Sharkey was re-elected on November 6, 2012 to serve his seventh term as State Representative, representing the 88th Assembly District in Hamden.
He was 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. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1989. He is an attorney and owner of AmeriZone, LLC, a small consulting business specializing in zoning and permit expediting for national companies.
Currently, Sharkey is a member of the Hamden Chamber of Commerce and the Connecticut Bar Association.
Updated December 9, 2013