McGorty earns legislative co-chair post

State Rep. Ben McGorty (R-122) was elected as co-chair, along with fellow state Rep. Pat Boyd (D-50), of the bipartisan Fire and EMS Legislative Caucus. Both were voted in last Wednesday, and McGorty will serve as a co-chair for the 2019-20 legislative sessions.

"I look forward to working with co-chair State Rep. Pat Boyd, my fellow colleagues in the caucus, and public safety officers from across the state on legislation that will make their lives better and keep them safe when they are protecting our communities," said McGorty.

McGorty said, in the coming session, work will continue on passing legislation to help public safety officers suffering from PTSD from job-related experiences as well as to see that the next administration moves the building of the Valley Fire Training School forward.

“We have a lot to accomplish,” said McGorty, “but if we put public safety officers first and put our political differences aside we can get it done."

McGorty has 38 years of experience in public safety, generally in the fire service. He  began his service as a volunteer for the Cos Cob Fire Department and then the Huntington Fire Department. He has been employed for the past 20 years as a deputy fire marshal for the city of Shelton and has been a fire commissioner for the city of Shelton for the past 10 years. McGorty has also worked as an assistant to the director of emergency management and a code enforcement officer for the city of Shelton.