Connecticut House of Representatives District 53

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Connecticut House of Representatives District 53
Current incumbentSamuel Belsito Republican Party
Ethnicity1.2% Black, 2.1% Hispanic
Voting age75.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Connecticut’s fifty-third state house district is represented by Republican Representative Samuel Belsito.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 25,410 civilians reside within Connecticut's fifty-third house of representatives district.[1] Connecticut state legislators represent an average of 23,670 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 22,553 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Connecticut House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits.[4] Connecticut legislators assume office the Wednesday following the first Monday of the January next succeeding their election.


Article III, Section 4 of the Connecticut Constitution states: The house of representatives shall consist of not less than one hundred twenty-five and not more than two hundred twenty-five members, each of whom shall be an elector residing in the assembly district from which he is elected. Each assembly district shall be contiguous as to territory and shall elect no more than one representative. For the purpose of forming assembly districts no town shall be divided except for the purpose of forming assembly districts wholly within the town.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Connecticut legislature are paid $28,000 per year. They receive no per diem.[5]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be conducted to fill the vacant seat. The Governor must call for an election no later than 10 days after the vacancy happened. All special elections must be held no later than 46 days after a Governor's declaration. If the vacancy happened with less than 125 days left before the general election, the special election must be held on the same day as the general election. No election can be called by the Governor if the vacancy happened with less than 49 days before the general election.[6]



See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Connecticut House of Representatives will consist 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. Rick Field was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Sam Belsito was unopposed in the Republican primary. Field will face Belsito in the general election.[7]


See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Belsito won election in the special election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 53. The seat was vacant following Rep. Bryan Hurlburt's (D) resignation on April 16, 2013 to take a position in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Bureau.. Belsito defeated Anthony J. Horn (D) in the special election which took place on June 11.[8][9][10]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 53, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSamuel Belsito 58.5% 1,910
     Democratic Anthony J. Horn 41.5% 1,356
Total Votes 3,266

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Connecticut House of Representatives District 53 have raised a total of $304,881. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $25,407 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Connecticut House of Representatives District 53
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $65,854 2 $32,927
2010 $65,571 2 $32,786
2008 $61,820 2 $30,910
2006 $72,955 3 $24,318
2004 $8,678 1 $8,678
2002 $12,345 1 $12,345
2000 $17,658 1 $17,658
Total $304,881 12 $25,407

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