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Tami Zawistowski

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Tami Zawistowski
Tami Zawistowski.jpg
Connecticut House of Representatives, District 61
In office
April 16, 2014 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 1
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedApril 11, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Tami Zawistowski is a Republican member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 61. She was first elected to the chamber in a special election on April 11, 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2015
Planning and Development


Campaign themes


Zawistowski's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

We can work toward these goals by:
  • Reducing the gas and diesel tax
  • Eliminating the $250 business entity tax, which applies to all businesses whether or not they turn a profit
  • Eliminating the job-killing unemployment “special assessment” on employers. Businesses are assessed this charge annually to cover the state’s borrowing to cover past unemployment claims
  • Including “sunset provisions” on all new regulations, allowing for an automatic review at the end of a specified period to see whether the regulation still makes sense
  • Requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of the General Assembly to pass any new unfunded state mandates. These mandates impose heavy burdens on towns and increase local property taxes[2]



General election

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. Joe Doering was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Tami Zawistowski was unopposed in the Republican primary. Zawistowski defeated Doering in the general election.[3][4]

Connecticut House of Representatives District 61, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTami Zawistowski Incumbent 58.5% 4,898
     Democratic Joe Doering 38.2% 3,197
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngTami Zawistowski Incumbent 3.3% 272
Total Votes 8,367

Special election

See also: Connecticut state legislative special elections, 2014

Tami Zawistowski (R) defeated Pete Hill (D) in the special election, which took place on April 11.[5][6][7]

The seat was vacant following Elaine O'Brien's (D) death.[8]

A special election for the position of Connecticut House of Representatives District 61 was called for April 11. Candidates were nominated by their party rather than chosen through a primary.[8]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 61, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTami Zawistowski 58% 1,975
     Democratic Pete Hill 42% 1,428
Total Votes 3,403


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

Zawistowki ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 61. Zawitowski ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14 and was defeated by Elaine O'Brien (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10][11]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 61, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElaine O'Brien Incumbent 52.2% 5,754
     Republican Tami Zawistowski 47.8% 5,263
Total Votes 11,017


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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Elaine O'Brien (D)
Connecticut House District 61
April 2014-Present
Succeeded by