Joe (Joe) Courtney (D-USH02)
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Capitol: 202.225.2076
FAX: 202.225.4977
District: 860.886.0139
Room 2449 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-0702

Residence: Vernon, CT
Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Audrey   DOB: 4/6/1953
Committee Assignments
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
Co-ChairCongressional Long Island Caucus
FC MemberNortheast Agricultural Caucus
FC MemberCongressional China Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Pharmacy Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
Co-ChairUnited States Coast Guard Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Submarine Caucus
Co-ChairFragile X Caucus
Co-ChairDairy Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Modern Agriculture
FC MemberCongressional Business Owners Caucus
Co-ChairCommunity College Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Primary Care Caucus
Co-ChairFriends of Australia Caucus
ChairmanAUKUS Caucus
FC MemberHurricane Irene Coalition
Co-ChairDefense Communities Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Long Range Strike
FC MemberCongressional Oral Health Caucus
FC MemberJob Corps Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
MemberHouse Committee on Armed Services
FC MemberPopulist Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Unmanned Systems (UAV)
FC MemberSmart Contracting Caucus
FC MemberTextile Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Kingdom of the Netherlands
FC MemberCongressional Army Aviation Caucus
FC MemberPublic Shipyard Caucus
FC MemberDutch Caucus
FC MemberJoint Congressional Arctic Working Group
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberJoint Strike Fighter Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Land Conservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Military Families Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Norway
FC MemberCongressional Navy and Marine Corps Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Education and the Workforce
FC MemberCongressional High Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Poland
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberHouse Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Shellfish Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberCongressional Organic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus (STEM Caucus)
FC MemberBrain Injury Task Force
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Seniors
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberAhmadiyya Muslim Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberHouse Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberBlue Collar Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bipartisan Rural Health Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberLaw Enforcement Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberNew Democrat Coalition (NDC)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus


Congressman Joe Courtney was elected in 2006 to represent the Second Congressional District of Connecticut in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Congressman Courtney is the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces. From 2018-2022, Courtney served as Chairman of the Subcommittee. According to a review by House Historians Office, Courtney was the first known member from Connecticut to lead a naval oversight panel in the House of Representatives since 1873, when Stephen W. Kellogg of Waterbury served as Chair of the Committee on Expenditures in the Navy Department in the 42nd Congress (1871-1873). Prior to that, Samuel Ingham, a two-term Congressman with connections to Hebron, Jewett City (Griswold) and Essex, served as chair of the Committee on Navy Affairs in the 25th Congress (1837-1839).

In addition, he co-chairs the bipartisan Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus along with Rep. Rob Wittman of Virginia. As a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, he serves on the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions subcommittee, as well as the Higher Education and Workforce Training subcommittee.

As a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, Congressman Courtney has worked to strengthen our nation's defense by leading the call for increased submarine production. When Courtney arrived in Congress, Electric Boat was facing significant workforce reductions, and, for the first time in 50 years, was not actively designing the next generation of submarine. Because of funding secured by Courtney through his committee work, the men and women of Electric Boat have been building two submarines per year since 2011. In addition, Courtney has secured critical resources for new design and engineering work on the replacement for the OHIO-class submarine, which has added thousands of jobs in southeastern Connecticut. This design and engineering work prompted Electric Boat to expand into the former Pfizer building in New London to accommodate its growing workforce.

Additionally, Congressman Courtney secured over $100 million federal funding outside the President's budget for SUBASE New London. This investment will ensure that New England's largest military installation will have an enduring mission for years to come. In recognition of his work, Courtney was awarded "The Distinguished Public Service Award" from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, the highest civilian honor the Navy confers.

Since his swearing-in, Congressman Courtney has distinguished himself as a tireless advocate for both our nation's veterans and our men and women in uniform. He successfully fought to expand the Montgomery GI Bill for post-9/11 veterans and their families, and led the fight to extend TRICARE benefits to dependents under age 26. Congressman Courtney also fought and won support for an 18-unit supportive housing facility for homeless and at-risk veterans in Jewett City. He also partnered with Senator John McCain to introduce the Post-9/11 Troops to Teachers Enhancement Act to help members of the military transition into the teaching profession. In recognition of his efforts on behalf of veterans, Congressman Courtney has been awarded the Connecticut National Guard's highest honor, the Meritorious Service Award. He has also earned recognition from veterans organizations, including the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, which named him Legislator of the Year in 2009.

Having served as a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Congressman Courtney is a vocal proponent for nearly 2,500 farmers across eastern Connecticut. Courtney is the founding co-chairman of the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus, and has worked tirelessly to protect family farms from foreclosure and fix the flawed milk pricing system.

Dedicated to preserving our green space and protecting the environment, Courtney introduced and won passage of a law that designated the Eightmile River in Connecticut as a part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Thanks to his efforts, this pristine and scenic watershed will be preserved for generations to come.

Before serving in the House of Representatives, Joe Courtney represented the citizens of Vernon in the Connecticut General Assembly from 1987 to 1994. During this tenure, then state-Rep. Courtney served as House Chairman for both the Public Health and Human Services Committees.

Courtney was recognized in a legislative poll in 1994 by Connecticut Magazine for his bipartisan efforts, and named the "Most Conscientious" and the "Democrat Most Admired by Republicans." Since he came to Congress, Courtney has received numerous awards from several national organizations including the National Patient Advocate Foundation's 2010 Healthcare Hero award, The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers' Legislator of the Year Award, and the American Farm Bureau's Friend of the Farm Bureau award.

Congressman Courtney is a 1975 graduate of Tufts University in Boston. He earned a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1978. He lives in Vernon with his wife, Audrey Courtney, and their two children, Bobby and Elizabeth.