Samuel Belsito

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Samuel Belsito
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Connecticut House of Representatives, District 53
In office
June 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedJune 11, 2013
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMassachusetts Military Academy
Military service
Service/branchConnecticut Army National Guard
Office website
Samuel Belsito is a Republican member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 53. He was first elected to the chamber after winning a special election on June 11, 2013. He is also a member of the Toland Town Council, serving since November 2011.[1]

Belsito's victory in the June 11, 2013 special election to replace retiring Democrat Bryan Hurlburt was noted nationally, since it was the first time a Republican had been elected to the District 53 seat in Connecticut for 40 years, since the presidency of Richard Nixon.[2][1]


Belsito's professional experience includes owning Samuel Ltd., Tux King, a tuxedo and men’s clothing store in Vernon.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Belsito served on the following committees:

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2015
Planning and Development



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. Rick Field was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Sam Belsito was unopposed in the Republican primary. Belsito defeated Field in the general election.[3][4]

Connecticut House of Representatives District 53, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSam Belsito Incumbent 51% 4,647
     Democratic Rick Field 44.8% 4,088
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngSam Belsito Incumbent 4.2% 384
Total Votes 9,119


See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Belsito won election in the special election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 53. The seat was vacant following Rep. Bryan Hurlburt's (D) resignation on April 16, 2013 to take a position in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Bureau.. Belsito defeated Anthony J. Horn (D) in the special election, which took place on June 11.[5][6][1]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 53, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSamuel Belsito 58.5% 1,910
     Democratic Anthony J. Horn 41.5% 1,356
Total Votes 3,266


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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bryan Hurlburt (D)
Connecticut State House District 53
June 2013-present
Succeeded by