Matthew Lesser

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Matthew L. Lesser
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Connecticut House of Representatives, District 100
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2008
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Matthew L. Lesser is a Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 100. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Biography

Lesser's professional experience includes working as an intern on the Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy and a member of the Middletown Planning and Zoning Commission.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Energy and Technology
Government Administration and Elections, Vice Chair
Internship, Ranking Member

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Connecticut House of Representatives consisted 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 Matt Lesser was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Angel R. Fernandez was unopposed in the Republican primary. Lesser defeated Fernandez in the general election.[2][3]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 100 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew Lesser Incumbent 63% 4,558
     Republican Angel R. Fernandez 29.6% 2,138
     Working Families Matthew Lesser Incumbent 7.4% 537
Total Votes 7,233

2012

See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lesser ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 100. Lesser ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Deborah Kleckowski (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 100, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew L. Lesser Incumbent 68.6% 6,677
     Republican Deborah A. Kleckowski 31.4% 3,057
Total Votes 9,734

2010

See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Lesser ran for re-election to the 100th District seat in 2010. He defeated John Szewczyk (R) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 100 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Matthew L. Lesser (D) 4,756
John Szewczyk (R) 4,433

2008

See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 4, 2008, Lesser won election to the Connecticut House of Representatives from Connecticut's 100th District, defeating Raymond Kalinowski (R). Lesser received 6,186 votes in the election while Kalinowski received 5,787 votes.[7] Lesser raised $31,761 for his campaign; Kalinowski raised $30,330.[8]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 100
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Matthew L. Lesser (D and WF) 6,186
Raymond Kalinowski (R) 5,787

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lesser is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Lesser raised a total of $108,138 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.[9]

Matthew L. Lesser's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Connecticut House of Representatives, District 100 Won $32,670
2010 Connecticut House of Representatives, District 100 Won $43,707
2008 Connecticut House of Representatives, District 100 Won $31,761
Grand Total Raised $108,138

2012

Lesser won re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Lesser raised a total of $32,670.
Connecticut House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Matthew L. Lesser's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$26,877
Arafeh, Barbara M.$100
Diamond, Paul$100
Rhode, Michael$100
Weaver, Robert Kent$100
Total Raised in 2012$32,670
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Lesser raised $41,895 in contributions.[10]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $24,881
House Democratic Caucus Cmte $3,483
Speakers Leadership Cmte $3,179
Working Families Party $2,600

2008

Listed below are the two largest contributors to Matthew Lesser's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $25,000
Speakers Leadership CMTE $1,375

Scorecards

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2014

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

2012

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

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.[13]

2012

Lesser 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 3 lower than his score of 3 for the 2009-10 term.[13]

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Connecticut State House District 100
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