State Representative David K. Labriola is a respected leader at the Connecticut General Assembly who takes pride in his record of service to the people of Oxford, Naugatuck and Southbury.
Recognizing Representative Labriola for the leadership skills he demonstrated as the House Ranking Member (Republican Leader) on the General Assembly’s Education Committee (2005 – 2006), House Republican Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, appointed him as an Assistant Republican Leader for the 2007 – 2008 legislative sessions.
As an assistant leader, Representative Labriola helps organize rank and file members of the House Republican Caucus; helps ensure good communication between the House Republican leadership and the members; helps keep the leadership abreast of the concerns and legislative goals of individual caucus members; and helps familiarize new members with House rules and procedures.
Representative Labriola serves on the General Assembly’s Education, Government Administration and Elections, and Judiciary committees. He is a former member of the Regulation Review Committee.
Representative Labriola was elected to his first term representing the 131 st Assembly District, which includes Oxford and sections of Naugatuck and Southbury, on November 5, 2002. He was reelected in 2004 and again in 2006.
Born in 1960, David Labriola is a lifelong Naugatuck resident. He attended public elementary schools and the Hillside Middle School in Naugatuck. A 1978 Naugatuck High School graduate, he placed fourth in his class academically; was captain of the tennis team; and played on the basketball team.
Representative Labriola graduated from Yale University in 1982. He was elected Vice-Chairman of the Yale College Republicans and was a member of the tennis team. During his college years, he campaigned on behalf of his father, Dr. Gerald Labriola, who was elected to the state Senate.
Representative Labriola graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1985. He was a co-founder of the law school’s chapter of the Federalist Society. While attending law school, he worked as an investigator at the State of Connecticut Victim's Services Commission, assisting victims of crime. He interned at the Economic Crime Unit of the Chief State's Attorney's Office.
After law school, Representative Labriola served as the political director of his father's gubernatorial campaign in 1985-86. After passing the Connecticut Bar Exam in 1986, he served as a temporary assistant clerk at the Waterbury Superior Court. From 1988 to 1990, Representative Labriola was an associate attorney at the Law Offices of N. Warren Hess in Naugatuck.
From 1990 to 1993, Representative Labriola operated a solo law practice in Naugatuck. He served as a Naugatuck Police Commissioner from 1991 to 1993 and was a leading advocate for the new Police Station. In 1993, he and his brother, Attorney Gerald Labriola, Jr., formed the law firm of Labriola and Labriola, LLC in Naugatuck. David Labriola was appointed Naugatuck Borough Attorney in 1995, for a two-year term.
During his 21 years of general law private practice, Representative Labriola has aggressively represented his clients and their families. He has advocated on behalf of clients in all of Connecticut's Courts, including the Family, Housing, Civil, Criminal, Federal, Juvenile, and Probate Courts.
Representative Labriola has always been active in his community. He is a past member of the Naugatuck Exchange Club and the Attorney's Committee of the United Way. He has been recognized for pro bono service by the Connecticut Bar Association and the Waterbury Bar Association. He has participated in the Connecticut's Law Works for People Program. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Criminal Justice Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association.
Representative Labriola was appointed as an alternate to the Naugatuck Planning Commission in 1987. He is a former Naugatuck Republican Town Committee chairman, a position he held from 1988 to 1991. During his tenure, John Letts, the first Republican Mayor of Naugatuck in sixteen years, was elected. Representative Labriola also served as vice-chairman of the Naugatuck Republican Town Committee from 1998 to 2002.