John Fonfara

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John Fonfara
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Connecticut State Senate District 1
Incumbent
In office
1997-Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Deputy Majority Leader
Present
Compensation
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut House of Representatives
1986-1996
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Connecticut (1981)
Master'sTrinity College (1991)
Personal
ProfessionAdvertising consultant
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John W. Fonfara is a Democratic member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996. He currently serves as Deputy Majority Leader.

Fonfara previously served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1986 to 1996.

Biography

Fonfara earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut in 1981. He went on to receive his M.A. in Public Policy from Trinity College in 1991.

Fonfara is an Advertising Consultant and Vice President of Marketing.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Fonfara served on the following committees:

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Chair
General Law, Vice Chair
Internship
Legislative Management
Program Review and Investigations, Ranking Member

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Fonfara served on these committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Connecticut State Senate 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. Incumbent John W. Fonfara was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Barbara J. Ruhe was unopposed in the Republican primary. Fonfara will face Ruhe, Barbara A. Barry (G) and Alyssa S. Peterson (Nonpartisan) in the general election.[1]

2012

See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Fonfara ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 1. Fonfara ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Barbara Ruhe (R) and Jeffery Russell (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Connecticut State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Fonfara Incumbent 80.7% 20,648
     Republican Barbara Ruhe 17.4% 4,447
     Green Jeffery Russell 1.9% 488
Total Votes 25,583

2010

See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

Fonfara ran for re-election to the 1st District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Barbara Ruhe (R) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut State Senate, District 1 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Fonfara (D) 11,980
Barbara Ruhe (R) 3,478
Martha S. Kelly (G) 369

2008

On November 4, 2008, Fonfara won re-election to the 1st District Seat in the Connecticut State Senate, defeating opponents Barbara Ruhe (R) and Michael DeRosa (G).[5]

Connecticut State Senate, District 1 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Fonfara (D) 17,402
Barbara Ruhe (R) 4,027
Michael DeRosa (G) 1,109

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fonfara is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Fonfara raised a total of $617,704 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[6]

John Fonfara's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Connecticut State Senate, District 1 Won $109,120
2010 Connecticut State Senate, District 1 Won $172,621
2008 Connecticut State Senate, District 1 Won $175,184
2006 Connecticut State Senate, District 1 Won $36,586
2004 Connecticut State Senate, District 1 Won $12,300
2002 Connecticut State Senate, District 1 Won $19,043
2000 Connecticut State Senate, District 1 Won $14,990
1998 Connecticut State Senate, District 1 Won $26,640
1996 Connecticut State Senate, District 1 Won $51,220
Grand Total Raised $617,704

2012

Fonfara won re-election to the Connecticut State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Fonfara raised a total of $109,120.
Connecticut State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Fonfara's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$91,285
Morton, Margaret L$100
Rosado, Maly D$100
Davis, William R$100
Reilly, Richard J$100
Total Raised in 2012$109,120
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Fonfara raised $183,532 in contributions.[7]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $161,504 to his campaign.

2008

In 2008, Fonfara collected $175,184 in donations.[8]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $157,632
Leonard Aniello $100
Luigina Mazzulla $100
Joseph Citino $100
Michael Daly $100

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Connecticut

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2014

In 2014, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session from February 5 to May 7.[9]

Legislators are scored on their votes on "issues important to Connecticut's working men and women."
Legislators are scored on their votes on "key environmental bills."

2012

In 2012, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session from February 8 to May 9.[10]

Legislators are scored on their votes on "issues important to Connecticut's working men and women."
Legislators are scored on their votes on "key environmental bills."

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.[11]

2012

Fonfara received a score of 0 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied with 16 others for the lowest score among the 36 scored members of the Connecticut Senate. This score was 2 lower than his score of 2 for the 2009-10 term.[11]

Personal

Fonfara has a daughter.

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