About Joe

State Sen. Joe Markley represents Connecticut’s 16th Senatorial District, which includes the towns of Waterbury, Southington, Wolcott, Cheshire and Prospect. He is a tireless advocate for limited government, fiscal responsibility, and personal liberty.

Joe is a Southington native. His family has resided in town continuously since the 1730s. He was educated in the Southington schools, graduating from Southington High School.

Joe earned a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Amherst College, and a master’s degree in English from Columbia University. He has worked as an English teacher at the college and secondary levels, and as executive director of state and national trade associations.

Joe was first elected to the state Senate in 1984 and served one term. As a freshman legislator, Joe chaired the General Assembly’s Human Services Committee and the Welfare Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee. In those roles, he crafted and sponsored the legislation which created the first home care program for seniors.

When former Gov. Lowell Weicker proposed the state income tax, Joe led statewide citizens in an effort to fight back. As cofounder of the Connecticut Taxpayers Committee, he helped organize the massive “Axe the Tax” rally that drew 65,000 citizens to the State Capitol.

Joe returned to the Senate in 2010, where he successfully challenged the hidden tax on homeowners’ electric bills, raised awareness of the outrageous costs associated with the New Britain to Hartford busway, and formulated legislation to help adolescents struggling with drug abuse.

As Gov. Dan Malloy’s most outspoken critic, Joe continues to fight for freedom, prosperity and public safety — opposing the two largest tax increases in state history (and all other tax and fee hikes); leading the fight to stop Hartford politicians from imposing tolls on Connecticut motorists; advocating real cuts in runaway spending; and calling for an end to Malloy’s disastrous early-release program for convicts.