Mayor John Harkins' Biography
John A. Harkins was sworn in as Stratford’s second Mayor on December 14, 2009. A lifelong resident of Stratford, Mayor Harkins has been serving his hometown in public office since his election to the Town Council (9th District) in 1995. As Councilman, he was Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee. He also served as Chairman of the Roosevelt Forest Commission.
One year later, he was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives from the 120th District, comprising central Stratford, beginning his first of seven consecutive terms in the General Assembly in 1997. As a State Representative, he served as Deputy Republican Leader at Large, as well as the Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Select Committee on Veterans Affairs. His past leadership appointments include serving as the House Republican Caucus Chairman, Assistant Minority Leader, and Ranking Member to the Transportation Committee and Select Committee on Aging.
Since becoming Mayor in 2009, Mayor Harkins has led Stratford with a steady hand. By focusing on economic development, the town has grown significantly. After decades of inaction, positive progress has been made on Sikorsky airport and Main Street flooding, the sale and redevelopment of the Army Engine Plant, redevelopment of the Stratford Avenue corridor, and plans to install a full interchange and Exit 33 off of I-95.
Mayor Harkins’ career awards and recognitions include: “The American Legion Department of Connecticut Certificate Award as the 2009 Legislator of the Year”, the 2008 Bridgeport Regional Business Council AT&T “Regional Elected Official Award”, the 2004 Walter Wright “Community Spirit Award”, the 2001 Karl Sholanich Award for most valuable Republican, and in 2000 the Erin Jockers – Friends of Sterling House Award.
A lifelong resident of Stratford, Mayor Harkins has long been active in town affairs and civic groups: (Past President) Stratford Rotary Club, Bridgeport Regional Business Council, SaveStratford.org, Raymark Advisory Committee, and St. Mark’s Catholic Church. He currently serves as co-chairman of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s Regional Legislative Caucus.
A graduate of the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma, Mayor Harkins holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. He is also a designated SRA member of the Appraisal Institute.
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