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Mary Ann Handley

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Mary Ann Handley
Connecticut State Senate District 4
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Retired
Mary Ann Handley is a former Democratic member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 4 from 1997 to 2011.

Handley was on the Manchester Board of Directors from 1987 to 1989 and Deputy Mayor of Manchester from 1991 to 1996.


Handley attended Wesleyan University, the University of London and University College. She earned her B.A. from Connecticut College and her M.A. from the University of Connecticut. Her professional experience includes working as a Professor of History at Manchester Community College from 1967 to 1997.

Committee assignments



On November 4, 2008, Handley won re-election to the 4th District Seat in the Connecticut State Senate, defeating David Blackwell (R).[1]

Connecticut State Senate, District 4 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Ann Handley (D) 26,496
David Blackwell (R) 20,282

Campaign donors


In 2008, Handley collected $107,649 in donations.[2]

Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $85,000
Senate Democrats Victory PAC $7,442
Robert Madore $100
Aloysius Ahearn $100
Helen Stern $100


Handley has two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Connecticut State Senate - District 4
Succeeded by
Steve Cassano