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Bill Wadsworth
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Former candidate for
Connecticut State Senate, District 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut House of Representatives, District 21
Bachelor'sUniversity of Connecticut
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Campaign website
Bill Wadsworth was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 5 of the Connecticut State Senate. He previously served in the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 21 from 2011 to 2013. He also served as a member of the Farmington Town Council since 2000.


Wadsworth attended Hartford Graduate Center and earned his B.S. in engineering from the University of Connecticut. His professional experience includes working as Vice President of CASLE Corporation, hot air balloon and helicopter pilot. He served in the United States Army as a military policeman.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Wadsworth served on these committees:

  • Subcommittee on Health and Hospitals
  • Subcommittee on Higher Education
  • Subcommittee on Transportation


Campaign themes


Wadsworth's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

State Budget

  • Excerpt: "We must cut spending, reduce the tax burden on our citizens, and deal with the unfunded liabilities instead of kicking the can down the road for future generations to deal with."

Jobs and Economy

  • Excerpt: "When it comes to jobs, Hartford isn’t getting the job done. Tax increases, a high cost of doing business and burdensome regulations are driving jobs out of Connecticut."


  • Excerpt: "During his time in the Legislature, Bill was instrumental during the 2011 Legislative session helping pass a bill that corrected 15 years of lack of protection for municipalities on open space land."


  • Excerpt: "Bill will work to make sure that the education of our children is left in the hands of parents, teachers and the local school boards not the politicians in Hartford."


  • Excerpt: "As a veteran of the US Army, Bill has always been looking out for our Connecticut Veterans. During his time in the Legislature Bill was a strong supporter of bills aimed at assisting veterans, and has also worked on a number of projects in the local community."



See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Connecticut State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 12, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 10, 2014. Incumbent Beth Bye was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Bill Wadsworth was unopposed in the Republican primary. Bye defeated Wadsworth in the general election.[2][3]

Connecticut State Senate, District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Bye Incumbent 58.9% 22,181
     Republican Bill Wadsworth 38.9% 14,653
     Independent Bill Wadsworth 2.1% 804
Total Votes 37,638


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

Wadsworth ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 21. Wadsworth ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and was defeated by Mike Demicco (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Demicco 51.9% 6,185
     Republican Bill Wadsworth Incumbent 48.1% 5,726
Total Votes 11,911


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Wadsworth was uncontested in the August 10 primary. He defeated Mike Demicco (D) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 21 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Wadsworth (R) 4,960
Mike Demicco (D) 4,919

Campaign donors


In 2010, Wadsworth raised $32,819 in contributions.[7]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $26,099 to his campaign.


Yankee Institute's Voter Guide

See also: Yankee Institute's Voter Guide

The Yankee Institute, a pro-market think tank, releases its Voter Guide after each two-year legislative term. Each member of the Connecticut General Assembly receives a score from 0 to 10 based on how he or she voted in ten key votes. The Institute selects key votes which "reveal the differences between those legislators that would harness the power of individual liberty and the market to improve lives, and those that prefer a centrally-planned approach." A legislator with a 10 voted in agreement with the Yankee Institute on all 10 votes, while a legislator with a 0 voted against the Yankee Institute's views or was absent for all 10 votes.[8]


Wadsworth received a score of 8 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied for the 8th highest score among the 152 members of the Connecticut House of Representatives. He did not receive a score for the 2009-10 term because he was not yet in the legislature.[8]


Wadsworth and his wife, Abigail, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Demetrios S. Giannaros (D)
Connecticut House District 21
Succeeded by
Mike Demicco (D)