Catherine Osten

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Catherine Osten
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Connecticut State Senate District 19
In office
January 9, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Catherine Osten is a Democratic member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 19. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.[1][2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2015
Aging, Vice chair
Labor and Public Employees, Vice chair
Planning and Development, Chair


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


Campaign themes


Osten's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

Demand the best from and for our public schools

  • Excerpt: "As a public school graduate, a mother of a public school graduate, and grandmother of children in public schools, Cathy knows the importance of making certain our schools provide children with a great education."

Keeping families safe

  • Excerpt: "As a corrections officer and a leading advocate of Megan’s Law, Cathy has dedicated her life to making certain families are safe"

Fighting for seniors

  • Excerpt: "Whether it is by keeping property taxes low or reforming state rules and regulation so that seniors are not forced into nursing homes, Cathy will fight so that seniors can choose to stay in their homes."

Standing with Women

  • Excerpt: "From Megan’s Law to Women’s Rights in the workplace, Cathy has a record of standing up for women and ensuring that progress is made that is second to none."

Protecting our Families

  • Excerpt: "From workers rights, to keeping taxes low, to making sure our school systems are well-funded, Cathy Osten will protect our families."



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 Catherine A. Osten was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Steven Everett was unopposed in the Republican primary. Osten defeated Everett in the general election.[4][5]

Connecticut State Senate, District 19 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine A. Osten Incumbent 51.1% 15,057
     Republican Steven Everett 40.9% 12,047
     Working Families Catherine A. Osten Incumbent 4.6% 1,369
     Independent Steven Everett 3.4% 999
Total Votes 29,472


See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Osten ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 19. Osten defeated Tom Reynolds in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. She defeated Christopher Coutu (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][6][7]

Connecticut State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine A. Osten 51.6% 19,882
     Republican Christopher Coutu 48.4% 18,679
Total Votes 38,561
Connecticut State Senate, District 19 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Osten 57.6% 2,269
Tom Reynolds 42.4% 1,668
Total Votes 3,937


Osten received endorsements from:[8]

  • Connecticut State Employees Association/Service Employees International (CSEA/SEIU)
  • 19th District previous incumbent Edith Prague


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Osten was unopposed in the August 10 primary. Osten was defeated by incumbent Republican Christopher Coutu in the November 2 general election.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Osten is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Osten raised a total of $186,959 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[9]

Catherine Osten's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Connecticut State Senate, District 19 Won $146,700
2010 Connecticut State House, District 47 Defeated $40,259
Grand Total Raised $186,959


Osten won election to the Connecticut State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Osten raised a total of $146,700.


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]

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
Edith Prague (D)
Connecticut State Senate 19
Succeeded by