State Representative Karen Jarmoc is honored to serve the 59th District, serving the town of Enfield. She was appointed to serve as Vice Chair of the Select Committee on Children and also serves as a member of the Education, Human Services, and Public Safety Committees for the 2009 and 2010 sessions of the legislature.
Recently, Karen was appointed to serve as Chairperson of the Prison Population & Correctional Staff Safety Task Force, which was charged with evaluating health and safety standards for staff in the state’s correctional facilities and making recommendations to the legislature with its findings.
Within the first nine months of her tenure, Karen was instrumental in working to establish the Mary Lou Strom Primary Care Center in Enfield. This federally qualified health clinic provides primary care and mobile dental services largely to the uninsured and underinsured population. She was recognized with a Partnership Award by Community Health Centers, Inc. in October 2007. Karen obtained funding to pilot a dental program in the Enfield Public Schools and is greatly responsible for mobile dental services occurring at the Enfield Senior Center.
Additionally, Karen has fought for a proposed budget earmark for the enhancement of manufacturing technology programming at Asnuntuck Community College. Karen believes that education and workforce development initiatives such as these are key components to the existence of a well-educated and trained workforce to ultimately yield a prosperous economy. For this reason, Karen is a strong supporter of the need for increased state education funding and other state aid to towns in order to address Connecticut’s overdependence on property taxes. Karen is proud to have supported in the 2008 legislative session, the most historic increase in state funding for education in decades.
Karen has been recognized in the district for her advocacy with regard to local issues such as prison overcrowding, the Scantic River Park, families of adult children with disabilities, education, and support for persons who are unable to advocate for themselves.
Locally, Karen is the board chair to the Asnuntuck Community College Foundation and the United Way of North Central Connecticut, Inc. from who she received the Board of Trustees Merit Award in 2005. She chairs the Human Services Commission in Enfield and is a member of the board of directors of the North Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce where she worked to establish a legislative action committee, a member of the Rotary Club of Enfield, the Women’s Club of Enfield, and the town’s School Readiness Committee. She also serves as a member of the Cox Charities New England Advisory Board, who is responsible for directing the organization’s funds to local children’s non-profits. Karen has also worked hard with suicide prevention efforts locally.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from Simmons College and a master’s degree in public policy from Trinity College. She and her husband Stephen reside in the Hazardville section of town with their children, Owen, Grace and Celia.