In front of a large group of family, friends and fellow legislators, State Representative Sam Belsito (R-53) took the oath of office and was sworn in to the General Assembly during a ceremony in the House of Representatives on June 19, 2013.
Belsito, a Tolland Town Council member and small business owner, won overwhelmingly in the June 11th Special Election for the 53rd Assembly District, covering Ashford, Tolland and Willington.
“This state faces significant fiscal challenges ahead and I’m ready to hit the ground running,” said Rep. Belsito, a Tolland resident. “We need to reduce the tax burden, rein in out-of-control state spending and make Connecticut more business-friendly in order to drive the economy and restore jobs.”
For over 40 years Belsito has run a successful small business, Tux King in Vernon, and plans to use his common sense budgeting practices and experience as a job creator to guide his decision-making in Hartford.
Belsito added “I plan to spend the next few weeks meeting with local families, employers and elected officials to better understand how I can work to make Ashford, Tolland and Willington safer and more affordable places to live. It’s a true honor to be serving these communities.”
Republicans now control 53 seats in the Connecticut House of Representatives, boosting the caucus’ membership to the highest it’s been in nearly a decade. The seat was open as a result of former State Rep. Bryan Hurlburt’s resignation.
Belsito is the first Republican in 40 years to represent the 53rd General Assembly District – a seat once held by Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman.
Rep. Belsito represents Ashford, Tolland and Willington