Dan Debicella

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Dan Debicella
Former candidate for
U.S. House, Connecticut, District 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut State Senate District 21
Bachelor'sUniversity of Pennsylvania, 1996
Master'sHarvard Business School, 2000
Campaign website
Dan Debicella campaign logo
Dan Debicella was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Connecticut.[1] Dan Debicella lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Debicella is a former Republican member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 21 from 2007 to 2011. He served as Senate Deputy Minority Leader during his final term.[2]

Debicella previously ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010.[3]


Debicella earned his B.A. in finance from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 2000. His professional experience includes owning Textbooks Online and working as a Management Consult for McKinsey and Company, Director of Strategy for Pepsi and Assistant Vice President of Marketing for The Hartford.[2]

Committee assignments

Debicella served on the following committees while a member of the Connecticut State Senate:


Campaign themes


Debicella's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Job Creation: "Create favorable environment for small business and entrepreneurs through: Simplifying the tax code, eliminating red tape and government bureaucracy, repealing ObamaCare and expanding free trade."
  • Taxes: "Dan opposes tax increases. Supports bi-partisan plan to eliminate special interest tax loopholes, and lower tax rates for both individuals and businesses."
  • Deficit: "Dan supports the "Penny Plan," where Congress will be required to cut 1% of spending each year for the next five years (but has flexibility to decide where to cut)."
  • Healthcare: "Dan supports repeal of ObamaCare. Dan has proposed new "Families First" plan to reduce healthcare costs for the middle class."


—Dan Debicella's campaign website, http://www.debicella.com/issues.html



See also: Connecticut's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Debicella ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Connecticut's 4th District. He defeated Carlton Milo Higbie IV and Joe Bentivegna in the GOP convention on May 16, 2014. He was defeated by incumbent Jim Himes (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[6][7]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Debicella to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list received "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[8]

U.S. House, Connecticut District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Esty Incumbent 53% 107,930
     Republican Mark Greenberg 46.1% 93,861
     Independent John Pistone 1% 1,989
Total Votes 203,780
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State (100% reporting) Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.


On November 4, 2008, Debicella won re-election to the 21st District Seat in the Connecticut State Senate, defeating Janice Andersen (D).[9]

Connecticut State Senate, District 21 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dan Debicella (R) 24,925
Janice Andersen (D) 19,794

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Debicella's reports.[10]

Dan Debicella (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[11]October 13, 2013$0.00$0.00$(0.00)$0.00
Year-End[12]January 31, 2014$0$302,808$(30,209)$272,598
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2014$272,598$204,645$(130,690)$346,552
Pre-Convention[14]May 2, 2014$346,552$29,015$(38,267)$337,299
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2014$337,299$242,229$(248,870)$330,658
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2014$330,658$320,256$(536,600)$114,314
Running totals


In 2008, Debicella collected $100,714 in donations.[17]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $84,349
Additional Contributions Not Recorded upon Receipt $330
Gary Montano $200
Fred Anthony $100
John Dalton $100


Debicella and his wife, Alexandra, have one child.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Connecticut State Senate - District 21
Succeeded by
Kevin C. Kelley