Steve Stafstrom represents the Bridgeport neighborhoods of Black Rock, Brooklawn and the West End. He was first elected to the General Assembly in 2015 during a special election. He currently serves as House Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and also serves on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding, and Planning and Development Committees.
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. Stafstrom has worked to pass key legislation that helps steady Connecticut’s and Bridgeport’s financial footing and attracts new businesses to the region. He has worked to improve the city’s business climate and quality of life.
Having previously secured funding to help rebuild Central High School, Black Rock School and Claytor Magnet Academy, in 2019, he has worked to secure $90.8 million in state bonding money for Bridgeport’s new Bassick High School, which will include a unique Advanced Manufacturing program. This will open up career paths for students, and train them in a rapidly growing and high-paying industry. Bridgeport students can stay in Connecticut after school and help fill some of the 15,000 advanced manufacturing jobs in the state that remain vacant.
As Chair of the State's Judiciary Committee, he has focused on strengthening Connecticut's gun regulations, protecting minority communities, increasing fairness and transparency in the justice system, and making statutes and courts more business friendly.
In the 2019 Session, he led passage of new laws that expand safe firearm storage requirements, protect immigrants from deportation, increase transparency in prosecutors’ decision-making, prevent sexual harassment in the workplace and protect assets of individuals investing in Connecticut businesses. He has previously written legislation to ban bump stocks, crack down on human trafficking, streamline the process for bringing a legal claim and modernize Connecticut’s business incorporation statutes.
Stafstrom is also a trustee of St. Ann’s Parish and on the boards of the Black Rock Neighborhood Revitalization Zone and the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s leadership program. He formerly served on the Bridgeport City Council, as president of the City Lights Art Gallery, and as vice chairman of the Alpha Community Services YMCA.
Having attended public schools in Orange, Stafstrom completed his undergraduate degree in politics and philosophy at Fairfield University, and later went on to obtain his juris doctorate from the Saint Louis University School of Law. He currently is a member of the Bridgeport-based law firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC, practicing in the area of commercial litigation. He lives in Black Rock with his wife and two daughters.