J.R. Romano has dedicated a majority of his professional career to Connecticut Republican politics, during which he has acquired a unique depth of knowledge of the Connecticut political landscape. A Connecticut native, J.R. was raised in Derby, graduated from Trinity College and currently lives in Branford.
Under the direction of three Connecticut Republican Chairman (DePino, Sherperdson, Hamzy) he served as political director for over six years, understanding the mechanics of the State Central Committee and a variety of campaigns up and down the ballot; Gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, State Senate to Mayors.
This included presenting himself as a candidate for Representative at 25. While his bid was unsuccessful by just 100 votes, in a district predominately Democrat by a 3-1 margin, his command over the issues and his passion for the community did secure him the an unusual Republican endorsement from the New York Times.
In 2010, J.R. managed the U.S. Senate bid of Peter Schiff. J.R.’s strategic and tactical campaign plan raised over $500,000 and enabled Peter to qualify for a primary through the convention process.
Statewide, J.R. ran the Connecticut arm of “Americans for Prosperity”. While in this role he raised over $1 million dollars and built the organization to over 80,000 members. In 2014, J.R.’s efforts with the Tim Herbst campaign for State Treasurer resulted in Tim’s outstanding under ticket campaign, despite the narrow loss. Team Herbst outperformed the top of the ticket in every Congressional District as well as state-wide.
Most recently, J.R. won the contested election last June as Chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party.
Over the other highly qualified candidates, J.R.’s measured, articulate and forthright manner along with his political depth prevailed. Within the first few months as chairman, J.R. has proven that he understand the politics of the press and is unafraid to articulate our Republican message. He is a Chairman who is focused on holding the Democratic opposition accountable for their failed policies and he has one goal…to elect more Republicans in Connecticut.