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Rob Sampson is currently serving his first term as State Senator for Connecticut’s 16th District which includes Southington, Wolcott, Cheshire, Prospect, and Waterbury. He was appointed as a Senate Republican Whip and is the Ranking Member of the Government Administration and Elections Committee. Additionally, Rob serves on the Judiciary Committee, and the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee. Rob is the founder of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Conservative Caucus.

In 2013, Rob was appointed to the legislature’s bipartisan task for on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety formed in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Sampson was promoted to Republican Ranking Member of the Insurance & Real Estate Committee for the 2012 session of the General Assembly, the first and only of the 17 freshman state representatives trusted with such responsibility.

Sampson has proven himself as a leader for several causes, challenging the Malloy & Lamont administrations’ budgets and policies including the early release of violent felons, the forced unionization of child care providers and personal care attendants, the New Britain to Hartford Busway, and more recently, highway tolls.  He is known as CT’s leading opponent of Obamacare and the leading voice in state government for protecting our second amendment freedoms.  He is also nationally recognized for his expertise in debating Constitutional principles.

Sampson is unwavering in his defense of the American principles of freedom, opportunity, and self-government. Dedicated to creating a brighter future based in liberty, Rob’s been a registered Republican since voting for his first time at age 18 in 1988.

An avid supporter of the Rights of the Individual and the Constitution, including the 2nd amendment, Rob is a member of the NRA, a gun owner, and is active in the sport.  He became widely recognized throughout our state and beyond in 2013 for his unyielding defense of Constitutional principles and law abiding gun owners.  He received the Legislator of the Year award in 2012 from the Connecticut Citizens Defense League and received the NRA Defender of Freedom award in 2014.

Education:
Rob Sampson graduated Meriden’s Maloney High School with honors, later attending Central Connecticut State University, majoring in Marketing.

Professional Career:  Rob Sampson started work at his first job at age 16 as a stock boy in a local dept. store at $3.37 per hour.  As a young man, he also worked as an auto mechanic, a handyman, store clerk, parts counterperson, and even as a roadie for a deejay company.  Starting as an entry level insurance agent, he worked his way up and ultimately became successful in the independent insurance agency business, including managing several small but profitable offices.

In 2002, Sampson made the decision to dedicate his efforts principally to real estate.   He has been a top producer throughout his real estate career and currently works out of the Southington location of Realty 3 of Connecticut as both a Realtor and Regional Recruiter.  He has also remained active in insurance, now as an advisor & counselor with more than 20 years experience.

Over the years, Rob has trained dozens of insurance agents, producers, and customer service representatives to work in the independent insurance agency system.  He has also recruited and mentored dozens of professional Realtors.

He is also a landlord, property manager, and real estate investor.

Personal:
Rob Sampson was born and raised in Meriden, moving to Wolcott in May of 2003 citing its quality school system, sense of community and lower taxes as rationale.  He spends his leisure time reading, playing the guitar, hiking, motorcycling, and target shooting.  Sampson is a member of Wolcott’s Masonic Lodge No. 146.

An avid reader and a student of American History,  Rob collects items related to the American Revolution and the Civil War.  He cites Abraham Lincoln as his inspiration for politics and becoming a Republican.