Kevin Witkos

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Kevin Witkos
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Connecticut State Senate District 8
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Assistant Minority Leader
Compensation
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut House of Representatives
2003-2008
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Connecticut (2007)
Associate'sTunxis Community College (1996)
Personal
ProfessionPolice Officer
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Kevin D. Witkos is a Republican member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. He currently serves as Assistant Minority Leader.

Witkos was Vice Chair of the Canton Board of Education. He served in the Connecticut State House of Representatives from 2003 to 2008.

Witkos attended the Connecticut State Police Academy in 1989. He earned his AS from Tunxis Community College in 1996. He went on to attend the New England Institute for Law Enforcement Management at the University of Massachusetts in 2002. He then earned his B.A. in General Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2007.

Witkos has worked as Chief of the Canton Volunteer Fire Department. He has been a Police Officer for the Town of Canton since 1989.

Issues

Political positions

State budget 2010


Witkos discusses the 2010 state budget.

Witkos criticized using tuition money to balance the state budget. A bill passed in Connecticut's General Assembly removes $10 million from Connecticut State University's general fund, which was built partially through student fees, to balance the state budget. This means CSU students lost $337 and University of Connecticut students lost $1,163. Total increase in tuition costs for 2010 came to $950 for CSU students and $1,180 for UConn students.[1]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Kevin Witkos endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance, Revenue and Bonding
General Law
Internship
Public Safety and Security

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2009
Energy and Technology
General Law
Public Health

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. Melissa E. Osborne was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Kevin D. Witkos was unopposed in the Republican primary. Osborne will face Witkos in the general election.[3]

2012

See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Witkos ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 8. Witkos ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Daniel J. Seger (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Connecticut State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Witkos Incumbent 60% 28,498
     Democratic Daniel Seger 40% 18,974
Total Votes 47,472

2010

See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

Witkos ran for re-election to the 8th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Donald J. O'Brien (D) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut State Senate, District 1 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Witkos (R) 26,417
Donald J. O'Brien (D) 14,026

2008

On November 4, 2008, Witkos won election to the 8th District Seat in the Connecticut State Senate, defeating Arthur House (D).[7]

Connecticut State Senate, District 8 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Witkos (R) 26,853
Arthur House (D) 21,440

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Witkos is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Witkos raised a total of $403,807 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[8]

Kevin Witkos's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Connecticut State Senate, District 8 Won $107,315
2010 Connecticut State Senate, District 8 Won $89,956
2008 Connecticut State Senate, District 8 Won $133,872
2006 Connecticut State House, District 17 Won $15,730
2004 Connecticut State House, District 17 Won $31,305
2002 Connecticut State House, District 17 Won $25,629
Grand Total Raised $403,807

2012

Witkos won re-election to the Connecticut State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Witkos raised a total of $107,315.
Connecticut State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kevin Witkos's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$91,590
Kandrysawtz, Elisabeth$100
Lanza, Charles$100
Arnold, Boyd$100
Mccabe, Patrick E$100
Total Raised in 2012$107,315
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Witkos raised $105,781 in contributions.[9]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $88,495 to his campaign.

2008

In 2008, Witkos collected $133,872 in donations.[10]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $117,387
Daniel Witkos $100
Joseph Woodford $100
Sheila Bahre $100
Susan Markowitz $100

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session from February 5 to May 7.[11]

2012

In 2012, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session from February 8 to May 9.[12]

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.[13]

2012

Witkos received a score of 8 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied for the 2nd highest score among the 36 scored members of the Connecticut Senate. This score was 1 higher than his score of 7 for the 2009-10 term.[13]

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Personal

Witkos and his wife, Esther, have two children.

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