About Senator Leone
Deputy President Pro Tempore
Chair: General Law; Transportation
Vice Chair: Finance, Revenue & Bonding
Senator Carlo Leone has been a resident of the City of Stamford for more than 30 years. He has represented the citizens of Stamford and Darien as State Senator for the 27th Senatorial District since 2011 after a special election. He previously served the residents of Stamford’s 148th House District in the Connecticut House of Representatives, beginning in 2003.
Carlo is the Deputy President Pro Tempore of the Senate and is Co-Chair of the General Law committee, overseeing many consumer issues, as well as the Senate Co-Chair of the Transportation Committee. He is the Vice-Chair of the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee and is a member of the Commerce Committee. His multiple leadership positions enable him to craft polices to improve the quality of life for Connecticut and its’ citizens.
As a legislator, Carlo works to address the issues and concerns which matter most to the residents of Stamford and Darien. He has championed numerous efforts to promote economic development in Fairfield County and across the state, including the Small Business Express Program, the Job Expansion Tax Credit and the STEP-Up job training and employment program as well as bringing Synchrony, RBS, Charter Communications, Starwood, NBC Sports Studio and others to the region.
As a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Carlo has also fought to protect the rights and benefits owed to our nation’s military heroes for their service and sacrifice. IN his tenure as the Veterans Chair he succeeded in elevating the General Assembly’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee to permanent standing status. His achievements include the creation of the STEP-Up for Veterans Program, which helps unemployed veterans to find work and receive on-the-job training in new high-value skills. Carlo championed legislation to help veterans receive recognition and applicable licenses for employable skills they learn in the service, the veterans id on drivers licenses; a ban on the desecration of war memorials, a crackdown on fraudulent veterans’ “charities,” and legislation to allow for lower property taxes for disabled veterans.
In 2013 Carlo served as Senate Chair of the General Assembly’s Banks Committee where he led the effort to improve the state’s foreclosure mediation process by bringing together homeowners and lenders with an impartial mediator to try and work out mutually beneficial agreements. These reforms have helped to ensure that all parties to a foreclosure work with one another in good faith, and to keep more families in their homes.
For education, he led the efforts in bringing back school construction dollars for the $52 million to build the Rogers Environmental Magnet & IB School, $90 million for the re-opening of Wright Technical School, and $63 million for the new Rogers Expansion Magnet School on Strawberry Hill.
While a member of the House of Representatives, Carlo wrote the legislation to create film tax credits to grow Connecticut’s entertainment industry. He also worked to pass a $3.5 billion Transportation Improvement Initiative to foster smart growth and economic development through the establishment of special taxing districts for municipalities, and to pass fire sprinkler legislation in response to the disastrous 2003 fires in Rhode Island and Hartford.
Carlo has lived in Stamford for more than 30 years and is an active member of the Stamford community. Prior to being elected to the state legislature he served on the Zoning Board of Appeals as an alternate member from 2001-2002, and completed the Stamford Citizen Patrol Program—a course designed to improve community relations between Stamford citizens and the local police force, and also volunteered for New Canaan Horizons—a nationally recognized mentoring program which assists underprivileged children in middle and high school.
A proud veteran of the United States Air Force, Carlo served 6 years in the US and European theaters. Upon his return he became employed at Xerox Corp for 17 years and he earned both his MBA with a concentration in Marketing and Finance, and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University, graduating Summa Cum Laude.