Democratic State Representative Mike D’Agostino is a practicing attorney who resides in Hamden, Connecticut with his wife Kate and their rescue greyhound, Vella. As a partner at his law firm, he oversees the pro bono efforts of more than 20 attorneys, who devote more than a thousand hours each year toward protecting the rights of children and immigrants. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Connecticut Appleseed, a statewide non-profit organization that mobilizes the skills and resources of pro bono lawyers to help the underserved and underrepresented.
In 2012, Mike was elected as a Democrat to represent Hamden in the Connecticut House of Representatives, where he is chairperson of the General Law Committee. Mike led the House’s efforts to pass a historic labor deal that saves the taxpayers $1.5 billion over the next two years and $24 billion over the next 20 years. The legislation made structural changes to how state government operates and preserved collective bargaining rights for all workers. During debate on the House floor, Mike staunchly defended workers’ rights from those who wanted to dismantle collective bargaining in Connecticut. As a fierce advocate for unions and workers, Mike will continue to defend the policies that promote good, middle-class jobs from Republicans and the Trump Administration.
During his time in the Connecticut State House, Mike has also fought hard for progressive policies that will benefit our state. He has championed equitable education funding for all students in Connecticut, particularly for those districts with high concentrations of poverty, English Language Learners, and special education needs. He authored a law to ensure that seniors in continuing care retirement communities are safer, more secure financially, and have a greater say in their community’s governance. And he has also authored and led the fight in passing legislation to protect our state’s healthy trees from unnecessary pruning and removal by utility companies and along state highways, preserving our environment for generations to come. Mike will continue leading the way on these policies, as well as taking on issues such as legalizing marijuana and reforming the criminal justice system.
Prior to being elected to the State House, Mike represented Hamden families and children for 13 years on the Hamden Board of Education, serving his last seven years on the Board as its chairperson.