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Steinberg Goes From Westport to Hartford

It's official: Westport's Jonathan Steinberg was sworn into office Wednesday morning as the state representative for the 136th House District, which covers all of Westport except the Greens Farms section.

And he's ready to get to work. A week before being sworn in, Steinberg was assigned to serve on three committees in the state legislature: the Transportation Committee, the Energy and Technology Committee and the Select Committee on Aging.

"I look forward to working with my colleagues on these important committees on which I sought to serve," Steinberg said in a statement.

Steinberg, a seven-year Representative Town Meeting member who served as deputy moderator for the last three years, has worked on many RTM and town committees.

He also has a background in senior health care, having worked as a senior vice president of a senior care organization in New York City. It's because of his previous experiences that he was chosen to serve on these three committees, Speaker of the House Christopher Donovan said.

A longtime Westport resident, Steinberg defeated Republican challenger Nitzy Cohen in the November elections. He succeeds Democrat Joe Mioli, who did not seek re-election.

Although he'll now be working in Hartford, Steinberg has made it clear that Westport is his top priority.

"Even with the challenges posed by the state's daunting budget deficit, I'm eager to get started serving Westport and the state of Connecticut in the legislature," he said in a statement. "I encourage all my constituents to contact me at 800-842-8267 in Hartford with their ideas and concerns."

What do you think Jonathan Steinberg's top priorities should be in Hartford?

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