State Rep Mitch Bolinsky is "all-in" for re-election and a fourth-term in the Connecticut General Assembly, proudly and passionately representing his hometown, Newtown, with integrity.
He is an Assistant Republican Leader and serves on the legislature’s powerful Appropriations Committee, Education Committee, and Aging Committee. He's also a founding member of the legislature's I/DD (Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities) caucus, as well as the newly-formed Firefighter / EMS caucus and the School Safety caucus.
Representative Bolinsky is dedicated to providing caring constituent service to the children, families, seniors and businesses in town. His focus on economic development and job creation has made him a highly effective advocate for the people of the 106th District.
Some highlights of Rep. Bolinsky’s accomplishments in office include:
>Collaborated to deliver a second straight No Tax Increase Compromise Budget;
>Introduced legislation to prevent Governor's mid-year cuts to Educational & Municipal state revenue. Later vetoed by the Governor;
>Restored $4.89M Newtown Education funds after Governor's cut; killed plan to hit Newtown with $4M state pension debt; restored $3M municipal cuts - Averting local property tax hike.
>Co-sponsored expanded use of Domestic Abuser registries for women and families; Ended Dual Arrest requirement of in Domestic Violence complaints;
>Endorsed by the CT Business & Industry Assoc (CBIA), National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) & 17,000-member Connecticut Association of Realtors.
>Privacy protections & considerations for local families and first responders after 12/14.
>Secured public hearing for local voices in the Common Core implementation debate to express children, parents & teachers concerns about state testing practices & student data privacy.
>Championing the landmark “CARE Act” for seniors in Connecticut.
>Serving as an active advocate for children and adults with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities, and for the early diagnosis of dyslexia.
>Repeatedly preserved Newtown’s historic Horse Guard.
>Securing millions of dollars in state grants for school safety, infrastructure & local construction projects including Sandy Hook Streetscape, Hawleyville Sewers and Fairfield Hills Streetscape.
>Responsive, caring constituent service work for families, neighborhoods & our community.
Before joining the state legislature, Rep. Bolinsky established a long record of service to his community and has held a number of local offices. In 2011, he was elected to serve as a Legislative Councilman, a position he held until his election to the General Assembly. On the Legislative Council, Bolinsky served on the Finance & Administration Subcommittee and as Vice Chairman of the Ordinance Subcommittee.
Prior to this, he served on Newtown’s Economic Development Commission for two terms, on Newtown’s Board of Ethics for two terms and concurrently is serving as a local Justice of the Peace. It was these and other community service roles that contributed to his passion for public service and for leading, organizing and promoting positive values within the community.
Rep. Bolinsky believes that one of the keys to Connecticut’s and Newtown’s future will be our return to a less burdensome, less-regulating government that does not presume to pick winners but instead rewards entrepreneurial spirit and helps remove barriers to growth and innovation. The essential services needed to thrive as a community are better funded by a thriving state and local economy than through the current governor’s administration’s stale, economy-busting imposition of more and more taxes and our structural over-reliance on property taxes.
Prior to being elected, Rep. Bolinsky worked more than 27 years in the private sector, including five years as Principal of M-Vision Insights, a marketing and regulatory affairs consultancy. In that role he helped advise and provide research and analytical insights to small and mid-sized businesses, primarily operating or investing in the American automotive industry.
From 2007 to 2010, Rep. Bolinsky was Director of Marketing and Regulatory Affairs at IDQ/Interdynamics. During that time, he co-authored state and federal legislation to reduce the effects of global-warming and developed an industry-first, consumer-friendly recycling program for automotive air conditioning systems. His work was written into Congress’ bipartisan American Clean Energy & Security Act of 2009. As trade association liaison for the Automotive Refrigeration Products Institute, he collaborated with industry peers, legislators, U.S. & state EPA entities, consumer advocacy & environmental groups, achieving positive outcomes. Previously, he was a Senior Group Product Manager at ITW/Permatex from 2002 to 2007.
Rep. Bolinsky resides in Newtown with his wife of 33 years, Luisa Fritz-Bolinsky, and children. Their 28-year-old daughter, Rachel, is a 2012 UConn grad with a Masters from the University of Hartford in 2015. She currently is a locally practicing family therapist, licensed by the State of CT. Their 23-year-old son, Matthew, is a 2017 Summa Cum Laude PITT grad and a first-year law-student at George Washington University, in our nation's capitol. Luisa and Mitch are incredibly proud of the fine people their children have grown to be.