Biography

Jeffrey J. Berger grew up in Waterbury, Connecticut with his father Joseph M. Berger, mother Phyllis Gualtieri Berger and brother Mitchell M. Berger. Jeff attended both public and private schools graduating from John F. Kennedy High School and Millbrook Prep in Millbrook, New York. Jeff continued his education with undergraduate work at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1978 with a double major: BS - Social Studies, and BA - Psychology and received Secondary Teaching certification.

 

Jeff continued his post-graduate work at the University of New Haven with graduate credits toward his MBA. Jeff is a former middle school teacher and coach. Jeff is retired from the Waterbury Police Department after 20 years of service.

 

Jeff has a strong record of involvement in the community. He is a member of the Advisory Council North District Board of Education, Police Mutual Aid Society, Fraternal Order of ELKS BPO 265, past member Local #1237; CT Council of Police AFSCME, the Bunker Hill Neighborhood Association, Historic Overlook Neighborhood Association and a member of the Western Hills Golf and Social Club.

 

Rep. Berger also led the charge for redevelopment and design of Bunker Hill Park, The Ray Snyder Sr. Field at Municipal Stadium, Kaynor Technical School. He has been instrumental in working to increase and expand the film industry in Connecticut, increasing investments and movie production by over 200% since 2005.

 

Jeff has co-sponsored and introduced proposed legislation regarding car tax reform for large municipalities, background checks for caregivers dealing with the mentally challenged, and a DNA database of samples taken from convicted felons.

 

Jeff is an ardent supporter of Brownfields re-mediation and development to fully utilize the space of the many closed and abandoned warehouses and factories in the city. He has leveraged hundreds of thousands of state and federal funds to tear down derelict buildings and clean contaminated properties.

 

As former Chairman of the legislature’s Commerce Committee, Jeff has been extensively involved in creating quality jobs and educating the workforce. Some of the measures that Jeff has been instrumental on include:

 

  • The Small Business Express Program (EXP) that allows Connecticut’s small businesses to access much-needed funding for capital investments and hiring.

 

  • A plan to relocate overseas jobs to Connecticut by allowing the state to give preference to companies that will relocate jobs from overseas to Connecticut; assistance includes loans, tax incentives and other forms of economic development that create jobs and invest capital within a certain timeframe.

 

  • The Live Here, Learn Here program that helps students save by putting away a portion of their state income tax payments for up to 10 years after they graduate.

 

  • The Creation of the Manufacturing/Advanced Manufacturing Caucus that works to emphasize and promote the importance of manufacturing in Connecticut.

 

  • Making Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) in Waterbury a manufacturing center to train the state’s future manufacturing workforce.

 

Jeff has also previously served as House Chair of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.

 

Jeff's accomplishments and awards include Waterbury Police Department Medal of Excellence, Level IV Medal, I Ribbon with Star, 14 Departmental Commendations, FBI Swat training, and Century-21 multi-million dollar sales associate.

 

Currently, Jeff is a sales associate with the Laskas Agency Realty serving in that capacity for 27 years. Rep. Berger is serving his ninth term in the Connecticut General Assembly. He is Deputy Speaker and serves on the Executive and Legislative Nominations and Judiciary Committees.

 

Jeff, his wife Noreen, and sons Christopher and Connor reside in the Bunker Hill section of Waterbury. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact his office.