Essex Sen. Norm Needleman endorsed for re-election campaign

Sen. Norm Needleman, D-Essex

Sen. Norm Needleman, D-Essex

Norm Needleman / Contributed photo

ESSEX — State Sen. Norm Needleman, D-Essex, last week received unanimous support for re-election to a third term representing the 33rd District.

Needleman is Senate chairman of the Energy & Technology Committee, and has led efforts to provide strong oversight of Connecticut’s utility companies during his tenure. He seeks to continue a track record of consumer advocacy and “common-sense” legislation in the legislature, according to a press release.

“When I first ran for the Senate, I did so because I wanted to help the people of our state get what they deserve,” he said in a prepared statement. “Every decision I make, I try to think of what best serves the greater good.”

Needleman was elected to the Senate in 2018 and won re-election in 2020. In his time leading the Energy & Technology Committee, the lawmaker spearheaded the “Take Back Our Grid Act,” which holds utility companies accountable, the news release said.

The legislation, passed after utilities left residents in the dark for days after multiple significant storms, requires the companies to provide reimbursements and credits for extended power outages after serious weather events, Needleman said. As chairman, he also led passage of legislation adding 2,000 megawatt hours of wind power, 1,000 megawatt hours of battery storage and increase to the amount of solar resources authorized to be built in the state.

Needleman’s accomplishments include helping pass a bipartisan two-year budget investing in education, municipal aid and focusing on the state’s future, an adjustment to that budget supplying Connecticut with $600 million in tax cuts, among the biggest in Connecticut history, he said.

Needleman is founder and CEO of Tower Laboratories in Essex.