HARTFORD — Connecticut House Republicans on Thursday assigned Wolcott resident Rob Sampson to three legislative committees. On Jan. 5, Sampson will begin his two-year term representing the 80th General Assembly District covering Southington and Wolcott. He unseated incumbent John Mazurek, a Democrat who served as assistant majority whip in the House of Representatives. When he takes office, Sampson will serve on the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, which handles matters related to budgets of state agencies, state employee salaries, pensions and collective bargaining agreements and arbitration awards for state employees. He will also serve on the Judiciary and Insurance & Real Estate committees.
Sampson is prepared for challenges tied to his assignments as well as the responsibilities of being a state representative—particularly, taking an active role in resuscitating Connecticut’s ailing finances and getting unemployed residents back to work.
“Analysts say we’re facing a massive budget deficit, and just before the legislative session begins we’re hearing little beyond talk about tax increases to fill the multi-billion-dollar gap,” he said. “People can’t afford tax hikes, and the legislature should explore ways to reduce government spending before digging deeper into anybody’s pocket.”
Sampson’s role on the Judiciary Committee will see him consider issues such as judicial procedures, criminal law, probate, probation, parole, estates and judicial nominations.
Years of experience working in both the insurance and real estate industries have prepared Sampson for his work on the Insurance & Real Estate Committee, which oversees all matters relating to insurance and real estate law.