Mary Mushinsky

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Mary Mushinsky
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Connecticut House of Representatives, District 85
Incumbent
In office
1981 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 33
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1980
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSouthern Connecticut State University
Master'sWesleyan University, 1992
Personal
Birthday10/07/1951
Place of birthNew Haven, CT
Websites
Office website
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Mary M. Mushinsky is a Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 85. She was first elected to the chamber in 1980. She served as Assistant Majority Leader from 1983-1985 and 1993-2009.

Biography

Mushinsky's professional experience includes working as the Executive Director of the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association. She has previously been an organizer with the Connecticut Citizen Action Group from 1976-1980, and research assistant with the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service from 1975-1976.

Mushinsky has also served as Director of the Ulbrick Boys and Girls Club, Wallingford Emergency Shelter, and Wallingford Land Trust.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment
Finance, Revenue and Bonding
Program Review and Investigations, Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Connecticut House of Representatives 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 Mary M. Mushinsky was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Frank P. Apuzzo was unopposed in the Republican primary. Mushinsky will face Apuzzo in the general election.[2]

2012

See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

Mushinsky ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 85. Mushinsky ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. She defeated Gregory Bachand (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 85, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMary M. Mushinsky Incumbent 62.2% 6,082
     Republican Gregory N. Bachand 37.8% 3,700
Total Votes 9,782

2010

See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Mushinsky ran for re-election to the 2nd District seat in 2010. She defeated Mike Vitali (R) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 85 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Mushinsky (D) 3,894
Mike Vitali (R) 3,447

2008

On November 4, 2008, Mushinsky won re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives from Connecticut's 85th District, defeating Michael Vitali (R). Mushinsky received 6,461 votes in the election while Vitali received 3,793 votes.[6] Mushinsky raised $26,798 for her campaign; Vitali raised $30,000.[7]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 85
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Mushinsky (D and WF) 6,461
Michael Vitali (R) 3,793

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Mushinsky is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Mushinsky raised a total of $152,508 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.[8]

Mary Mushinsky's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Connecticut State House, District Won $31,980
2010 Connecticut State House, District 85 Won $31,550
2008 Connecticut State House, District 85 Won $26,798
2006 Connecticut State House, District 85 Won $2,912
2004 Connecticut State House, District 85 Won $2,365
2002 Connecticut State House, District 85 Won $3,510
2000 Connecticut State House, District 85 Won $47,801
1998 Connecticut State House, District 85 Won $5,592
Grand Total Raised $152,508

2012

Mushinksky won re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Mushinksky raised a total of $31,980.
Connecticut House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mary Mushinsky's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$26,850
Bell, Barbara Currier$100
Brodinsky, Ann L.$100
Kobrin, Patricia$100
Taylor, Marc$100
Total Raised in 2012$31,980
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Mushinsky raised $31,550 in contributions.[9]

Her largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $26,000 to her campaign.

2008

Listed below is the largest contributor to Mary Mushinsky's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $19,428

Scorecards

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2014

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

2012

In 2012, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session from February 8 to May 9.[11]

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.[12]

2012

Mushinsky received a score of 0 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied with 72 others for the lowest score among the 152 scored members of the Connecticut House of Representatives. This score was 1 lower than her score of 1 for the 2009-10 term.[12]

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