State Representative Brian Ohler proudly represents the 64th District of Canaan, Cornwall, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, and parts of Goshen and Torrington. He was elected to his first term in November of 2016, and serves on the legislature’s Appropriations, Human Services, and Public Safety Committees.
A lifelong resident of North Canaan, CT, Rep. Ohler and his family have called the Northwest Corner of Connecticut home for almost a century. Rep. Ohler has served his community in a myriad of ways including:
• Safety Officer
• Combat Veteran
• Veteran Service Officer
• Finance Board Member, Town of North Canaan
• Small business owner
Rep. Ohler’s 12 years of military service took him all over the world. Rep. Ohler volunteered for all three combat tours of duty he completed overseas. First serving in Baghdad, Iraq from 2003 to 2004 and later in Mosul, Iraq from 2006 to 2007 when Rep. Ohler returned to be part of the surge efforts. In 2011, Rep. Ohler volunteered again this time to serve as a member of a multi-force Provincial Reconstruction Team operating in Western Afghanistan. Rep. Ohler received an honorable discharge when his enlistment ended in July of 2013.
When Rep. Ohler returned to North Canaan, he opened Patriot Safety Group LLC. to offer safety and security consultation to residents and business owners in the tri state area.
In the days that followed the tragic incident at Sandy Hook Elementary, Rep. Ohler volunteered hundreds of hours preparing a Physical Security Assessment for each individual school in his area. Further, Rep. Ohler went on to serve as a safety and security advisor for a number of regional school district in Western Connecticut.
Rep. Ohler currently holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northwestern Connecticut Community College.