, was the unanimous selection of Westport’s Democratic Town Committee to seek election for a second term.
“I have been honored to serve the people of Westport in the House,” said , who grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School. “The past year and a half has been challenging, with a struggling economy and the bold leadership of a new governor. I’ve worked hard to master the intricacies of the legislative process and make well-researched decisions on my votes. I’ve tried to be a voice of moderation, building consensus with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle. Now I seek the opportunity to continue to serve my constituents as the Legislature tackles a number of controversial topics, many of which will help define the future of Connecticut for all its citizens.”
Steinberg was nominated by Mark Mathias, who serves on the Board of Education. Mathias noted Steinberg’s long service to the town of Westport.
“Anyone who knows Jonathan recognizes his commitment to family and community. Jonathan is well connected with the needs of Westport, having served on the RTM for seven years, as Deputy Moderator for three years, and chaired four RTM committees. We are very fortunate to have a candidate of the caliber of Jonathan Steinberg to serve in our State legislature,” Mathias said.
Janis Collins, recently elected to the Board of Finance, seconded Steinberg’s nomination. She lauded Steinberg for his role in drafting the landmark energy legislation last year, particularly the language which led to the “Leading by Example” program, which has already generated 33 energy-saving projects in state and municipal buildings. Collins also commended his commitment to fiscal responsibility as a proponent of the Results Based Accountability formula to assess program effectiveness and efficiency. “We need Jonathan Steinberg to represent us in Hartford. He works hard, doesn’t give up, and is committed to challenging the status quo to make Connecticut a better place for us all.”
and was recently named to the new Climate Change and Shoreline Preservation Taskforce, charged with evaluating the impact of sea level rise on Connecticut’s coastline and with making recommendations on how best to address such changes in the future.
Prior to his election to the General Assembly, Steinberg served as a member of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting and was its Deputy Moderator from 2007 to 2010. Steinberg chaired many committees during his years of service to Westport, including the Town’s Downtown Plan Subcommittee of the Town Plan Implementation Committee.
Jonathan Steinberg is also President of the Board of the Westport Cinema Initiative, which seeks to bring a movie theater back to Westport.