Rep. Sampson Speaks Against Big Government in PCA Agreement


Connecticut State Representative Rob Sampson (R-Southington, Wolcott) spoke on the House floor during Session on March 21, 2018 in opposition to a bill – House Resolution 8, “Resolution Proposing Approval of a Memorandum of Agreement Between the PCA Workforce Council and the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, SEIU,” that would award taxpayer dollars to an unnecessary 3rd party union, money that should be used ONLY for its intended purposed of funding the Medicaid waiver program.

Reps. Sampson, Fusco Tour Southington’s Kinsmen Brewery



Milldale – State Representatives John Fusco (R-81) and Rob Sampson (R-80) joined dozens of beer aficionados in a packed tasting room before taking a tour of Milldale’s newest hot spot, Kinsmen Brewery.

The new brewery, located in a former factory building in the Milldale section of Southington at 409 Canal St., has been open for about a year and offers visitors a unique experience, food from their on-site restaurant, Sauced, and finely crafted beer in varying flavors and styles.

“Southington has always had a vibrant restaurant scene and Kinsmen Brewing fills a perfect niche to bring even more people to town to experience well-crafted, local food and beer just steps away from the scenic Farmington Canal Trail,” Rep. Fusco said. “It’s a great location to enjoy food and drinks with friends, and showcases the possibilities of how smart investment with an eye toward repurposing can bring new life to aging factory buildings that were once eyesores in our community.”

“I’m very happy to see this business and others like it succeeding in our community,” Rep. Sampson said. “This year I proposed legislation that will allow breweries like Kinsmen to expand the products they sell, and I’m hoping that it will pass through the legislature soon. Craft breweries are an emerging, high-demand industry in Connecticut, and I will continue to lend them my support in any way possible.”

With at least seven varieties of Kinsmen brew on tap, Reps. Fusco and Sampson discussed the origins of the unique beer names, including Ahi Manu, Super Ultra Premium, Roast, Clark Bros., North Sea, W Bruce Wayne and Heart Flapper. They also had The Gardeners Tale, produced by Kent Falls Brewing Co., and Fresh Blend, a cider made by New England Cider Company, on tap.

Brewery hours are: Monday 5 -10 p.m., Wednesday 3-10 p.m., Thursday 3-10 p.m., Friday 12-11p.m., Saturday 12-11 p.m. and Sunday 12-8 p.m.

Rep. Sampson Opposes Efforts to Revive Obamacare in Connecticut


HARTFORD – State Representative Rob Sampson (R-80), Ranking Republican Member of the Connecticut General Assembly’s joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate, spoke out against efforts to revive Obamacare laws in Connecticut during a committee meeting on March 15th, 2018.

“Democrats are playing politics again – disguising their attempt to create a Connecticut version of Obamacare as a women’s health initiative,” said Rep. Sampson. “Don’t fall for it. The proposed bill simply adds more mandated coverage to every insurance policy sold in our state, exacerbating spiraling health insurance costs, and eliminating choice for consumers, particularly women, in what type of health insurance coverage they can purchase.”

H.B. 5210, An Act Mandating Insurance Coverage of Essential Health Benefits and Expanding Mandated Health Benefits for Women, Children and Adolescents, was brought before the committee on Thursday as legislators discussed the impact of additional insurance mandates on the state. Back in December, Congress passed a tax plan that eliminated some provisions of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), such as the individual health insurance mandate. Rep. Sampson, an early opponent of ACA, said that fining residents for choosing not to purchase a product was wrong. Similarly, he believes that adding more mandates to an already over-regulated industry would not move Connecticut forward.

“Placing more mandates on insurance companies will only increase insurance costs for individuals and companies, discourage people from buying insurance products, and drive more employers out of Connecticut, creating additional unemployment,” added Rep. Sampson. Certainly, we must maintain access to quality health plans. However, consumers should have the option of choosing the coverage they feel are necessary and appropriate for them, rather than being forced to buy things they don’t want or need.”

Opinion by Rep. Sampson


I am often asked about what I like and don’t like about serving as our State Representative. Playing even a small part in the future direction of our state and country, defending our constitution and civil liberties, and being the voice of my neighbors when it comes to the role of our state government is a tremendous honor and privilege that has been the highlight of my adult life.

That said, the job can be difficult at times. The more effort you put into being an effective voice and promoting change, the harder it can be. The natural state is the status quo and adding more input only increases the resistance.

What is the hardest part of serving in elected office? I’d say frustration over the inability to make sure my constituents are properly informed. Every issue is clouded by misinformation and political spin.

Hacking a way through the distractions to develop thoughtful positions and make informed votes is hard enough for me – and it’s my job that I am immersed in twenty four hours each day. For citizens and voters, it can be downright impossible, even for those interested enough to seek the facts and truth.

Politics is often an ugly business and far too many involved are willing to bend the truth to gain support for their positions. This problem is magnified by the complexity of the issue at hand and the money spent by stakeholders attempting to frame the issue for their benefit.

These days every issue seems to be life or death. As Democrats see their control of our state government slipping away, they rely more and more on wedge issues that might take the focus off of the damage they have done to our state.

Connecticut residents have been bombarded by new articles and TV ads in support of Judge Andrew McDonald claiming that anyone who would oppose his appointment must be a bigot – a ridiculous and unsubstantiated allegation that shocks with its preposterousness.

I voted against Andrew McDonald several years ago when he was first appointed to the Supreme Court. I knew him to be an extremely partisan progressive State Senator and then Governor Malloy’s chief council, known for making malicious and rude comments about his political opponents in the press. I was shocked to see him being considered for the state Supreme Court! Of course, I voted no.

Since then, there have been numerous issues raised regarding McDonald’s jurisprudence. The most damning for me is his involvement in the repeal of the death penalty. As a State Senator, McDonald was a staunch advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. It was no surprise that as the Governor’s chief attorney, he would stand by as Malloy vowed for its repeal. A bill was proposed that would repeal the death penalty, but only “prospectively” – meaning that it would stand for previous crimes and those that were on death row would remain, including the two heinous criminals convicted of the infamous home invasion in Cheshire a decade ago.

Many legislators, including me, publicly questioned on the floor of the House of Representatives whether such a law could withstand appeals from the other death row inmates. The repeal narrowly passed with the support of several legislators who claimed they were assured by the Governor’s office that this would stand a legal test because of the clear legislative intent.

Not long after, appeals were indeed filed, McDonald was added to the Supreme Court, and lo and behold, a decision was to be made regarding the constitutionality of a “prospective” death penalty. Judge McDonald was required by rule and by common sense to recuse himself based on his own previous involvement. Yet, he chose to remain on the court and cast the deciding vote 4-3 to not only scrap the problematic law, but to repeal the entire death penalty in our state using the judicial system. This is the very definition of “legislating from the bench.”

Democrats see the horizon and are reacting, narrowly passing an unsustainable and ill-conceived labor agreement through 2027, using this election year to distract from the state’s problems with bills on gun control, “trick or treat day”, and this absurd effort to bully opponents of an unqualified candidate for Chief Justice with claims of bigotry.

I will do my part to make sure you know the truth. As always, feel free to contact me at

Rep. Rob Sampson (R-Southington, Wolcott) discusses the death penalty, Justice Andrew McDonald’s nomination for Chief Justice and school safety concerns with Todd Feinburg on WTIC NewsTalk 1080 on March 13, 2018.

Rep. Sampson Opposes Individual Health Insurance Mandate in Connecticut


Rep. Rob Sampson, Ranking Republican Member of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee and Chairman of the General Assembly’s Conservative Caucus, questions Access Health CT CEO James Wadleigh Jr. and Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade about the implications of imposing a fine on individuals who choose not to purchase health insurance. In response to the GOP tax plan, which eliminate the individual health insurance mandate beginning in 2019, motions have been made in Connecticut to reinstate it at the state level. Rep. Sampson believes this is simply a tax on low-income citizens and individuals who are making a personal decision not to purchase a product.