State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) announced that she will be running for re-election as Representative for the 34th district, which includes East Haddam, East Hampton, and the Westchester part of Colchester. She filed her paperwork to run before the holiday season in late 2019 and recently reached her campaign fundraising goals. Rep. Haines was first elected in 2018 and is currently serving in her first term as a member of the General Assembly and a member of the Education Committee, Planning & Development Committee, and the Transportation Committee.
During her tenure, Rep. Haines has maintained a strong attendance record at the Capitol and has continued to be active in community events in all three towns of the 34th district. Rep. Haines has also been praised for her accessibility by holding regular coffee hours, legislative updates, and community conversations across the district.
“Listening to constituents, talking to people in the community, and staying engaged is my favorite part of being a State Representative,” said Haines. “Over and over again residents have said that our state has become unaffordable. Increasing taxes, fees, and education and healthcare costs have squeezed family budgets and hurt our quality of life. In Hartford, I have advocated for affordability and stood against legislation that would make it harder for people to get ahead.”
Rep. Haines’ committee assignments have put her at the center of many important policy debates at the Capitol. On the Transportation Committee, she opposed tolling Connecticut drivers, voting against three different committee proposals that would have installed dozens of tolls for all drivers on limited-access highways across the state. On the Education Committee, Rep. Haines worked to block haphazard forced regionalization proposals, and instead focused on reducing unfunded mandates and fostering voluntary cooperation.
Serving on the Planning & Development Committee, Rep. Haines has focused on growing our local economy and boosting economic development. After the 2019 legislative session, she received a 100% score from the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the state’s largest employer advocacy group.
“Economic development and creating more opportunities for employers and employees should be at the forefront of the conversation in Hartford,” noted Rep. Haines. “Let’s listen to what our local job creators are telling us about workforce needs, outdated regulations, and the increasing costs of doing business. We are behind the country and other Northeastern states when it comes to wage growth and jobs. I have been proud to support legislation that would have a positive impact on our job creators.”
Rep. Haines has a long history of community involvement, serving on local East Haddam boards and commissions and as economic development coordinator. She has also served as President of the East Haddam Business Association, as a Founding Board Member of East Haddam News, a Business Sector Leader with the Local Prevention Council, former Girl Scout Troop Leader, and founder & former President of the Colchester Civic Orchestra. She has called East Haddam home since 1996. Alongside her husband, she raised two daughters who attended the local public schools.
“I will continue to be available to listen and hear you and bring your voice to Hartford. I look forward to visiting many of you during my campaign to hear your needs and address your concerns. It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of East Haddam, East Hampton, and Colchester,” concluded Rep. Haines.
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