Michael McLachlan (Connecticut)

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Michael McLachlan
Connecticut State Senate District 24
In office
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 5
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
BirthdayMay 18, 1958
Place of birthDanbury, CT
Office website
Michael A. McLachlan (b. May 18, 1958) is a Republican member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 24. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. He is currently Senate Minority Whip.

McLachlan is former Chair of the Danbury Republican Town Committee. He was a member of the Connecticut Republican State Central Committee from 2005 to 2009. He has also been Director of Economic Development for the City of Danbury since 2009.

McLachlan attended Western Connecticut State College.

McLachlan has worked as Vice President for First Union National Bank. He also worked as Chief of Staff for Mayor Mark Boughton for the City of Danbury from 2001 to 2009.

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Administration and Elections, Ranking Member
Finance, Revenue and Bonding


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


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


Presidential preference


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

Michael McLachlan (Connecticut) endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [1]



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. Incumbent Michael A. McLachlan was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[2]


See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

McLachlan ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 24. McLachlan ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Jason W. Bartlett (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Connecticut State Senate, District 24, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael A. McLachlan Incumbent 51.7% 18,537
     Democratic Jason W. Bartlett 48.3% 17,305
Total Votes 35,842


See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

McLachlan ran for re-election to the 24th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Alice M. Hutchinson (D) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut State Senate, District 24 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael McLachlan (R) 15,649
Alice M. Hutchinson (D) 10,956


On November 4, 2008, McLachlan won election to the 24th District Seat in the Connecticut State Senate, defeating opponents Duane Perkins (D) and Manuel Bataguas.[6]

Connecticut State Senate, District 24 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael McLachlan (R) 17,949
Duane Perkins (D) 16,001
Manuel Bataguas (Petitioning candidate) 516

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McLachlan is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, McLachlan raised a total of $307,129 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[7]

Michael McLachlan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Connecticut State Senate, District 24 Won $106,820
2010 Connecticut State Senate, District 24 Won $100,269
2008 Connecticut State Senate, District 24 Won $100,040
Grand Total Raised $307,129


McLachlan won re-election to the Connecticut State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, McLachlan raised a total of $106,820.
Connecticut State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael McLachlan (Connecticut)'s campaign in 2012
Public Fund$90,990
Fand, Robert$120
Edmond, Helen V$120
Chapman, Susan$100
Finn, Michael$100
Total Raised in 2012$106,820
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, McLachlan raised $100,269 in contributions.[8]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $88,400 to his campaign.


In 2008, McLachlan collected $100,040 in donations.[9]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $85,000
Dorothy Wildman $100
Richard Migliaro $100
Alexander Nahas $100
Frances Ryan $100


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Connecticut

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In 2014, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session from February 5 to May 7.[10]


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

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]


McLachlan received a score of 7 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied for the 6th highest score among the 36 scored members of the Connecticut Senate. This score was 2 lower than his score of 9 for the 2009-10 term.[12]

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McLachlan has a wife, Alesia.

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