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State legislator

James A. O'Rourke, III, American former state legislator. Named a Champion of Youth, Connecticut Coalition Youth Advocates, 2000, 2002; named Legislator of Year, Connecticut Council Small Towns, 2001; named an Outstanding Leader, Connecticut International Dark Sky Association, 2001; recipient Distinguished Service award, Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, 2002, Bryce Clemow award, 2004.


III, James A. O'Rourke, was born on December 26, 1963 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.


Bachelor in Political Science, University Connecticut.


Chair, legislation director Connecticut Public Interest Research Group, 1983—1988. Development director The Connection Inc., Middletown, Connecticut, since 1996. Member District 30 Connecticut House of Representatives, 1991—2010, assistant majority leader, 2002, deputy speaker, since 2009, member energy and technical committee, environment committee, finance, revenue and bonding committee, legislation management committee.

Chair Connecticut Environmental Caucus, 1987—1991. Member Cromwell Democratic Town Committee, since 1990. Chair Smalltown Legislation Coalition, since 2000.


President People's Action for Clean Energy, since 2001. Board directors Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council. Member of Cromwell History Society, Cromwell Kiwanis Club, 4000 Footer Club, Appalachian Mountain Club, DeSoto Knights Columbus, Portland-Middletown Ancient Order Hibernians (Irishman of Year 2001).


Married Kimberly O'Rourke. Children: Shannon, Colleen, Brianna.

Kimberly O'Rourke

Shannon III

Colleen III

Brianna III