State Representative Joe Verrengia is a lifelong resident of West Hartford. He was educated in West Hartford Public Schools and attended Northeastern University.

He is currently House Chair of the Public Safety Committee and serves on the Transportation and Energy and Technology Committees.

Rep. Verrengia was a three-term incumbent on the West Hartford Town Council before leaving to serve the 20th House District in Hartford for the past six years. Rep. Verrengia retired from the West Hartford Police Department after serving 25 years on the force.