After 14 years of service to the residents of the 103rd General Assembly District, State Representative Al Adinolfi (R) has announced that he will not be seeking re-election this year, and will retire from the legislature.
“After serious consideration and talking it over with my wonderful family I have decided it’s time to retire from the General Assembly,” Adinolfi said in a press release from his office. “During my career representing the great people of Cheshire, Southington, and Wallingford I had the opportunity to build lifelong relationships and friendships and was able to help hundreds of constituents cut through the bureaucracy in Hartford. My favorite thing about being a voice up in Hartford for the residents of the 103rd General Assembly District was receiving a phone call from a constituent about an issue, and being able to fix the problem.”
Adinolfi’s public service started once he signed up for the United States Air Force in 1952 during the Korean War era Al received his Honorable Discharge eight years later in 1960. While in the Air Force, he was assigned to the Tactical Air Command Unit, and later the Air Defense Command.
During his military service from 1952 to 1960 Adinolfi married his loving wife of 60 years; Lillian, and having two beautiful daughters. They are now proud grandparents to six grandchild and seven great grandchildren.
“I will miss my extended family at the General Assembly but I am excited to have more time to spend with my wife, children, grandchild, and great grandchildren,” Adinolfi said in the release.
Over the years, Adinolfi volunteered on a number of boards and commissions in the Town of Cheshire, starting on the Inland Wetland Commission and working his way up to become a Town Council member serving four terms. He also volunteered on the Public Safety Committee and the Prison Advisory Board.
Adinolfi decided to first run for the 103rd district in 1998 winning his first election to the state legislature. He lost his re-election effort in 2000 to the now-Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey. After redistricting of the House Districts, Rep. Adinolfi ran again in 2002, winning again, and serving until 2009 after being defeated by now-Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty. Adinolfi, determined to continue serving his community, ran again. He defeated Esty in the 2010 election, and has served ever since. As of now, it has been said; Adinolfi holds the title for the only three-time freshman representative in the history of the General Assembly.
Over the course of his tenure, Rep. Adinolfi has been a passionate advocate for veterans, seniors, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). In 2013 and 2014 he was recognized by MADD for his work in keeping Connecticut’s roads safer, and also received a national award, being named a “Legislative Champion.” In 2006 he was awarded the “Legislator of the Year” award from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Legion. Prior to this award, Adinolfi was awarded both the “Lifetime Achievement Award,” and the “Above and Beyond” award by the by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense organization, for his efforts in support of members of the National Guard, Reserves, and veterans.
The work for Rep. Adinolfi is not over yet; a priority of his this session will be to strengthen the penalties for an individual operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drugs while a child under the age of 16 is in the car.
“When I retire, one of the things I will miss most will be working across party lines to pass important bills that helped protect our children, seniors and veterans,” he said in the release.
The 103rd district mainly represents Cheshire, but a portion of Adinolfi’s district crosses into Southington at the juncture of I-84 and I-691. The district is bordered on the west by DeFashion Street, at the north by Prospect Street, and on the east by Canal Street/Atwater Street.