Jonathan Steinberg
for First Selectman

Jonathan has been at the forefront of state efforts to fix longstanding budget issues. In Hartford, he chaired the Pension Sustainability Commission and was a member of the Spending Cap Commission. He is leader of the House Democratic Moderates Caucus, and was involved in the discussions that led to the 2021 bipartisan budget deal and the adoption of fiscal discipline measures such as the Spending Cap and the Volatility Cap.  He also chaired the M.O.R.E. Commission, charged with exploring savings from inter-municipal collaboration, and championed the merger of emergency call centers as Westport subsequently did.

Before serving in the General Assembly, Jonathan held a position on Westport’s RTM for seven years.  He was elected unanimously three times as its Deputy Moderator, chaired the Health and Human Services Committee, the Library, Museum, and the Arts Committee, and the IT Committee, and served five years on the Education Committee. Additionally, he was the RTM’s representative to the Town Plan Implementation Committee, chairing its Downtown Plan Subcommittee, which originated many of the ideas now part of today’s downtown Westport plan. 

Always seeking to build community, Jonathan co-founded the Westport Cinema Initiative, now the Remarkable Theater, dedicated to bringing a movie theatre back to Westport and creating real jobs for those with disabilities. He was also a board member of the Suzuki Music School of Westport, and NEON of Norwalk. He co-chaired the town’s Septic System Taskforce which created an outreach campaign on septic system maintenance, commissioning the rock video, “Pump it Up Baby,” and door-to-door survey program.

Jonathan grew up in Westport and is a product of Westport’s outstanding schools, graduating from Hillspoint El, Coleytown Middle, and Staples High (Class of ’74). Nancy and Jonathan’s three daughters: Rachel, Margot, and Charlotte, all graduated from Coley El, Coley Middle, and Staples. Jonathan’s mother, Sybil, gives annual SRO lectures on the best new books at the library, and Jonathan’s father co-founded Westport’s largest internal medicine practice.

Jonathan had a long career in healthcare marketing, working for three Fortune 100 companies (Bristol-Myers Squibb, Revlon, American Home Products) and healthcare services organizations (Sr. V.P., Jewish Homecare System, NYC; Executive Director, Marketing and Communications, Mount Sinai Medical Center). He is a graduate of Yale College (B.A.), N.Y.U.’s Stern School of Business (M.B.A.) and is certified to teach History and Social Studies in Connecticut.

Jonathan plays softball twice weekly in Westport’s Parks and Recreation League. He enjoys an occasional round of golf, antiquing with Nancy, and catering to Ziggy and Xena, their always needy cats. He and Nancy are members of Temple Israel, of which his grandfather was a co-founder.

Jonathan Steinberg has served the people of Westport for eighteen years.  

He is now the second-longest serving State Representative in the history of the 136th District, representing Westport for six terms. As Co-Chair of the legislature’s Public Health Committee, he has worked with the Department of Public Health and the Governor’s Office to respond to the challenges posed by the pandemic. Throughout his career, he has championed legislation to combat youth vaping, expand telehealth services, address the needs of nursing home residents, facilitate the State’s transition to renewable energies, and he has fought hard to adequately fund transportation infrastructure investments. 

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