|Connecticut State Senate District 1|
|January 7, 2015|
|Years in position||16|
|Deputy Majority Leader|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 1996|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Connecticut House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||University of Connecticut (1981)|
|Master's||Trinity College (1991)|
Fonfara previously served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1986 to 1996.
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.
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|
|• Legislative Management|
|• Program Review and Investigations, Ranking Member|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Fonfara served on these committees:
|Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Education, Vice Chair|
|• Energy and Technology, Co-Chair|
|• Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Vice Chair|
|• Program Review and Investigations, Co-Chair|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Fonfara served on these committees:
|Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Education, Vice Chair|
|• Energy and Technology, Co-Chair|
|• Finance, Revenue and Bonding|
|• Program Review and Investigations|
- 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. 
|Connecticut State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||John Fonfara Incumbent||80.7%||20,648|
- 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)|
|John Fonfara (D)||11,980|
|Barbara Ruhe (R)||3,478|
|Martha S. Kelly (G)||369|
|Connecticut State Senate, District 1 (2008)|
|John Fonfara (D)||17,402|
|Barbara Ruhe (R)||4,027|
|Michael DeRosa (G)||1,109|
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.
|John Fonfara's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Connecticut State Senate, District 1||$109,120|
|2010||Connecticut State Senate, District 1||$172,621|
|2008||Connecticut State Senate, District 1||$175,184|
|2006||Connecticut State Senate, District 1||$36,586|
|2004||Connecticut State Senate, District 1||$12,300|
|2002||Connecticut State Senate, District 1||$19,043|
|2000||Connecticut State Senate, District 1||$14,990|
|1998||Connecticut State Senate, District 1||$26,640|
|1996||Connecticut State Senate, District 1||$51,220|
|Grand Total Raised||$617,704|
2012Fonfara 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|
|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|
In 2010, Fonfara raised $183,532 in contributions. 
His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $161,504 to his campaign.
In 2008, Fonfara collected $175,184 in donations.
His five largest contributors in 2008 were:
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.
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.
Fonfara has a daughter.
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- Official Connecticut State Senate website of Senator John Fonfara
- Project Vote Smart biographical profile
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008 2006 2004 2002 2000 1998 1996
- ↑ Connecticut Secretary of State "Candidate List" Accessed June 18, 2012
- ↑ Connecticut Secretary of State, Official Primary Results
- ↑ Connecticut Secretary of State "Election Results 2012" Accessed November 17, 2012
- ↑ Connecticut Secretary of State - 2008 General Election Results
- ↑ followthemoney.org, "John Fonfara," Accessed September 17, 2013
- ↑ 2010 contributions
- ↑ 2008 contributions to John Fonfara
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Yankee Institute for Public Policy, Yankee Institute Voter Guide for 2011-12, October 19, 2012
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