After winning the 129th Assembly District seat in 2015 during a special election, state Rep. Steve Stafstrom has used his platform as a public official to advocate for property tax reform, making education accessible for all students, and encouraging economic development in Connecticut’s urban centers.

During the 2017 session, Stafstrom worked to pass key legislation that helps steady Connecticut’s and Bridgeport’s financial footing, attracts new businesses to the region, and improves the state’s judicial system. 

As vice chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Stafstrom led passage of new laws that combat human trafficking through stronger penalties, training and awareness, and increase transparency in law enforcement. 

Stafstrom, who attended public schools in Orange, completed his undergraduate at Fairfield University and later went on to obtain his J.D. from the Saint Louis University School of Law. He currently works as a civil litigation attorney at the Bridgeport-based law firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC.

As a member of the Bridgeport City Council, the Black Rock Neighborhood Revitalization Zone board, president of the City Lights Art Gallery, and vice chairman of the Alpha Community Services YMCA, Stafstrom has worked to improve the city’s business climate and quality of life. 

After being elected to the state House of Representatives, he sought to continue these efforts at the state level by supporting legislation that refinances some of Bridgeport’s debt by restructuring a portion of its unfunded pension liabilities and allows the city to become a national model for the reuse of waste heat. In 2017, Stafstrom was a lead supporter of legislation that paves the way for the construction of a thermal heating loop in downtown Bridgeport. This will not only reduce the city’s carbon footprint, but it will directly add millions to Bridgeport’s tax base and invite more residential and commercial development downtown through cheaper heating costs.

Stafstrom, who is a member of the Planning & Development, and Finance, Revenue and Bonding committees, is also a trustee of St. Ann’s Parish and on the board of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s leadership program.
He lives in Bridgeport’s Black Rock neighborhood with his wife Christine and their daughters, Jessica and Julia.