Meet Tami Zawistowski
Tami Zawistowski is seeking reelection in the new 61st District which after redistricting includes Suffield, East Granby and part of Windsor Locks, she currently serves the residents of Suffield, East Granby, and part of Windsor in the old 61st. She was first elected to the House of Representatives in an April 2014 special election, and was subsequently re-elected in the 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020 general elections.
She is a member of the House Republican leadership team, serving as Caucus Policy Co-Chairman and previously served as Ranking Member of the Planning and Development Committee from 2017-2021. The Committee oversees matters related to town governments and economic development programs. In that role, Tami has fought to protect property taxpayers by opposing unfunded mandates on towns and worked to promote voluntary shared services to reduce costs.
In 2019 she introduced legislation to allow towns to increase tax breaks for volunteer first responders which passed both the House and Senate unanimously and signed into law. She also introduced legislation to expand, at no cost to municipalities, training opportunities for certain first responders for incidents involving individuals with autism or other nonverbal learning disorders. This initiative also became law in 2019.
For her work during the 2019 legislative session she was recognized as “Legislator of the Year” by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) and received the “Town Crier” award from the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST).
Additionally, Zawistowski serves on the budget writing Appropriations Committee and the Transportation Committee. While serving on the Appropriations Committee she has pushed to rein in spending and fought for caps on spending, borrowing, and reforms to grow the state’s rainy-day fund. On the Transportation Committee, she has been a fierce opponent of tolls and a staunch advocate for Bradley International Airport.
Tami is a small business owner who has operated Resource Books, LLC – a used and rare book company – for more than 20 years. She was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Appraiser at Northeast Savings, F.A. in Hartford, and has also been Assistant Director of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies with the UConn School of Business.
Tami is an advocate for efforts to create a more favorable tax and regulatory environment in order to improve our state’s ability to compete with other states, encouraging both entrepreneurship and the expansion of existing companies.