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Get to Know Jason

Southbury Selectman Jason Buchsbaum is the Republican Party endorsed candidate for Connecticut State Representative for the 69th House District.  The 69th District consists of Bridgewater, a portion of New Milford, Roxbury, and a majority of Southbury.  He is being challenged in a Republican Primary being held on Tuesday, August 13, with early voting starting on Monday, August 5.  To ensure we maintain this critical Republican seat, Jason is asking for your support at the Republican Primary.   

Jason Buchsbaum - Republican candidate for State Representative - 69th House District - Connecticut


Jason is currently serving his fifth term as a member of the Southbury Board of Selectmen.  On the Board, he serves as the Chairman Pro Tempore, as a member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee and Police Services Study Committee, and as Liaison to the Emergency Medical Services Committee and Library Board.  Aside from his regular committee assignments, he can regularly be seen at Town Hall working on a variety of matters impacting the community.  Prior to being elected to the Board of Selectmen, he served as Vice Chairman of the Charter Revision Commission (2013-2014), and Vice Chairman of the Southbury Republican Town Committee (2012-2015).  Before moving to Southbury in 2009, he served as an elected member of the Seymour Board of Education. 

Throughout his time in public service, Jason has taken a results-driven, data-based approach to decision making, while also advocating for transparency, civil discourse, and collaboration in government. Jason has prioritized fiscal responsibility through budgetary oversight, as well as support for education and local emergency services.  He is a strong supporter of local police, fire, and EMS teams and has been a key participant in the current effort in Southbury to transition to an independent police force, a public safety enhancement for the community.  Known as a consensus builder who focuses on results over partisan politics, his efforts have helped Southbury achieve stable taxes and fiscally sound budgets, provide improved services, and attract new business.   He is determined and excited to bring these values to Hartford. 


A lifelong Republican, Jason has always had a passion for public service, and has always looked for ways to serve his community. He is looking forward to expanding upon his service in Hartford as your State Representative to help build a stronger, more prosperous, and more affordable Connecticut.


Jason is passionate about public service and is looking forward to serving his community as the next State Representative for the 69th District: “I have the professional experience, the record of government service, and the drive and ability to get things done.  It would be my great honor to represent the citizens of the 69th District to help build a more prosperous Connecticut.  I will be a strong, common-sense voice in Hartford for the residents of the 69th District.

Jason Buchsbaum - Republican candidate for State Representative - 69th House District - Connecticut
Jason Buchsbaum with family at memorial day parade - State Representative - 69th District


Jason attended the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he obtained his B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science with a minor in Economics.  During his time in Washington, he took full advantage of the opportunities available to him to get involved in government, working as a White House intern and as a clerk for the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary.  Jason always knew that he wanted to return to Connecticut and become a lawyer.  After college, he attended the University of Connecticut School of Law and obtained his juris doctor with high honors in 2005.  During law school, Jason had the opportunity to work at the Capitol for a Republican legislator as part of a class in legislative process. 


After graduating law school, Jason joined the law firm Cohen and Wolf, P.C., where he has worked his entire legal career.  He became a partner of the firm in 2013.  Jason practices in the areas of litigation and municipal law, regularly representing individual, corporate and municipal clients in a variety of matters, and leads the firm's Municipal Practice Group.  He also serves as an Attorney Trial Referee, fact finder, and an arbitrator for the Judicial District of Danbury. 


 He met his wife Lauren when they were first year students at UCONN Law School. After a judicial clerkship and a time working in private practice, Lauren is now Vice President and General Counsel to a leading educational products company, with global operations and offices nationwide.  

Jason and Lauren got engaged after graduation and taking the bar exam.  Shortly after getting married, the two moved to Southbury to start a family.  Jason and Lauren have two sons who attend Region 15 schools.  The family’s weekends are spent at local youth sporting events and activities, and with family and friends. 

Jason Buchsbaum - Republican candidate for State Representative - 69th House District - Connecticut

Jason is a lifelong Connecticut resident, and grew up volunteering at a western horse farm.  He continues to ride and has a western Quarter Horse, Nevada, at a farm in Southbury. 

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