Joe LaPorta is a lifelong resident of Connecticut. Born and raised in Waterbury, Joe and his wife, Lauren, moved to Southington before settling in Madison to raise their four children (Anthony, Elise, Natalie, and Vincent). He is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, and holds three degrees from the University of Hartford (B.S. Electrical Engineering, M. Engineering, and M.B.A.) all Summa Cum Laude. Joe is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Connecticut and Massachusetts with a concentration in Electrical Power, and is currently in the process of obtaining his Real Estate Salesperson license.
Since graduating college, Joe has been employed by Eversource (formerly Connecticut Light & Power), working primarily in electric power distribution engineering and operations. He is one of the youngest individuals to be promoted to the position of Operations Manager, a position he currently holds, overseeing all overhead and underground electric operations in greater New London county. In that capacity, Joe is responsible for managing a team of 20 employees, largely IBEW Local 457 union linemen, cable splicers, and foremen, as well as directly responsible for a capital improvement and expense budget of 17.2 and 2.4 million dollars, respectively. During storms or other power emergencies, Joe is responsible for making emergency management decisions in the interest of employee and public safety with limited time, resources, and information.
A newcomer to politics, Joe joined the Madison Republican Town Committee shortly after moving to town in April, 2017. He volunteered for candidates in the 2018 statewide elections and 2019 municipal elections, and served as a delegate to the 2018 Republican State Convention and the 2019 12th District State Central Convention. Joe believes that the family is the most essential unit of American society, and is a strong advocate for individual rights. He is most concerned with diminishing opportunities in Connecticut and the staggering statistics of how many Connecticut businesses and residents are choosing to leave this state.
Aside from politics, Joe’s personal interests include coaching his son’s little league baseball team, designing and repairing vacuum tube guitar amplifiers, reading old books, and a lot of cooking, grilling, and baking. Joe enjoys being outside and can often be found during the warmer months riding his bike or paddling on his stand-up paddle board, and in the colder months hiking, canoeing, hunting, or fishing. He is a member at the Guilford Sportsmen’s Association and is a board member of the Connecticut Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, a conservation organization dedicated to improving waterfowl conditions in North America. Joe’s family has two pets; a 9 year old Samoyed named Kona and a 9 month old Boykin Spaniel named Rush.