Luke Bronin for Hartford | Meet Luke

Meet Luke

Luke’s Background

Luke Bronin is the Mayor of Hartford. He is a husband, a father, a veteran, and an attorney, and he is running for re-election to keep Hartford moving forward. He helped bring Hartford from the brink of bankruptcy to stability — and today you can feel the momentum of a city on the move.

His vision for Hartford is simple: to be the strong, vibrant heart of this region of more than a million people, and to make sure that everyone — in every neighborhood — has a share in Hartford’s rise.

Before becoming Mayor, Luke served as the General Counsel to the Governor of Connecticut. He also served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department, and previously as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. Before that, he worked at The Hartford.

Luke served as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy, and deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Luke and his wife Sara live on Elm Street with their three kids, ages nine, seven, and five.

Luke’s First Term

Tackling the Budget

After taking office in 2016, Luke led the city through the biggest fiscal crisis in the city’s history. That meant lots of tough decisions. It also meant building new partnerships: with labor unions, with our biggest companies, and with the State. He did it without raising taxes, and without sacrificing the core services Hartford’s residents deserve.

Attracting Investment & Growth

He also brought investment to Hartford — not just to downtown, but to Hartford’s neighborhoods. His administration pushed forward long-stalled projects, like the $30 million Albany Avenue streetscape project and the $10 million Park Street Branch library. From Bowles Park to Coltsville, and from Five Corners to Parkville, investment is coming into neighborhoods and blighted buildings are coming back to life. And today, Hartford is becoming a hub for innovation once again — from InsurTech to advanced manufacturing.

Focusing on Quality of Life

Luke has also worked hard to improve quality of life — cracking down on ATVs and dirt-bikes, installing speed humps, overhauling traffic signals and streetlights, securing $5 million for sidewalk repair work. His administration has made fighting blight a top priority — creating the Blight Remediation Team, fixing up more than 150 properties so far, and securing $5 million to fund a new Land Bank.

Creating Opportunities

During the 2015 campaign, Luke promised to create a Youth Service Corps, to give young people in Hartford an opportunity to have part-time, year-round work making a difference in their community. He kept that promise, and raised millions of dollars to give hundreds of young people a chance to serve in Hartford’s Youth Service Corps. He also opened the Hartford Reentry Welcome Center, giving people who are returning to our community after incarceration a one-stop shop to access important services and support.