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Steve Cassano
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Connecticut State Senate District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 5, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Manchester
1991-2005
Education
Associate'sManchester Community College (1968)
Bachelor'sBoston State (1969)
Master'sSUNY Albany (1970)
Personal
BirthdayMarch 7, 1947
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Steve Cassano (b. March 7, 1947) is a Democratic member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

He formerly served as deputy mayor of Manchester in 1977. Cassano was also the city's mayor from 1991 to 2005.

Biography

Cassano received a degree from Manchester Community College in 1968. He went on to receive his B.A. from Boston State in 1969. He then earned his M.A. in Urban Sociology from SUNY Albany in 1970. In 1975, he receive an MSW from the University of Connecticut.

Cassano has worked as a sociology teacher for Manchester Community College. He has been the owner of The Childrens Place Inc. since 1984.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

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

2011-2012

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

Issues

SuperPAC spending

A super PAC called Voters for Good Government has spent nearly $40,000 in advertising opposing Democratic incumbent state senator Cassano and urging voters to vote Republican.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Connecticut State Senate 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 Steve Cassano was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Whit Osgood was unopposed in the Republican primary. Cassano defeated Osgood in the general election.[2]

2012

See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Cassano ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 4. Cassano ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Cheri Ann Pelletier (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Connecticut State Senate, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Cassano Incumbent 56.5% 24,930
     Republican Cheri Ann Pelletier 43.5% 19,184
Total Votes 44,114

2010

See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

Cassano was uncontested in the August 10 primary. He defeated Republican Stewart Beckett in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut State Senate, District 4 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Cassano (D) 18,561
Stewart Beckett (R) 18,488

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cassano is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Cassano raised a total of $261,618 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[6]

Steve Cassano's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Connecticut State Senate, District 4 Won $128,834
2010 Connecticut State Senate, District 4 Won $132,784
Grand Total Raised $261,618

2012

Cassano won re-election to the Connecticut State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cassano raised a total of $128,834.
Connecticut State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Cassano's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$91,290
Diana, Leo V$100
Rotavera, Elizabeth A$100
Salina, Adam P$100
Hughes, Joshua D$100
Total Raised in 2012$128,834
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Cassano raised $132,784 in contributions.[7]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $87,901
Senate Democrats Victory PAC $13,257
Democrats For New Leadership $9,998
Democratic Senate Majority PAC Of Connecticut $4,650

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session from February 5 to May 7.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

2012

Cassano received a score of 0 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied with 15 others for the lowest score among the 36 scored members of the Connecticut Senate. He did not receive a score for the 2009-10 term because he was yet in the legislature.[10]

Personal

Cassano has a wife, Holly.

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Mary Ann Handley
Connecticut State Senate District 4
2011–present
Succeeded by
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