|Connecticut State Senate District 13|
|February 22, 2011-2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||February 22, 2011|
|Bachelor's||University of Pennsylvania (1970)|
|Birthday||January 4, 1948|
|Profession||Founder/President, bank consulting company|
Len Suzio (b. January 4, 1948) is a former Republican member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 13 from 2011 to 2013. Suzio was elected in a special election on February 22, 2011. Suzio ran to fill the vacancy created when Thomas Gaffey (D) left office after pleading guilty to misdemeanor larceny charges.
Suzio was a Founder/President of GeoDataVision, a bank consultant company focusing on federal banking regulations. He previously worked as the Director, Executive VP, and Senior Loan Officer for American National Bank in Hamden, CT. He served on the Meriden Board of Education from 1995-2005. Suzio has also served as VP of the board of directors for High Hopes (a home for children with special needs) from 1981 to the present. He earned a B.S. in Economics and Finance from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.
Suzio's 2011 special election campaign site features the Republican Party's Common Sense Commitment to Connecticut. Its key points are as follows:
- Spend no more than you make: "Reduce spending to what we can reasonably anticipate in revenue without assessing new taxes. Abide by the constitutional spending cap."
- Borrow only what you can afford to pay back: "Cap bonding levels which result in a debt service of no more that 10% of the annual budget. Borrowing should be restricted for public works projects, including school construction, roads and rails, serving the greater public good and creating jobs for Connecticut workers. Eliminate earmarks – Fund all projects by competitive grant to be awarded based upon measured return on investment i.e., job creation/economic development."
- If it's not broken, don't fix it. But if it's not working, get rid of it: "All State government programs must be result-based, with a 2-year period of review. If it is not achieving stated results, the program is eliminated. If achieving results, it will continue for 2 more years."
- The more government tries to do, the less it does well: "Focus on core government functions:Public safety, education, transportation, public health. Strive for excellence in each government function. Privatize non-core functions."
- We should all have the government we need, but only the go: "Consolidate government services to eliminate duplication, excess, and waste."
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Suzio served on these committees:
- Appropriations Committee, Connecticut General Assembly
- Select Committee on Children, Connecticut General Assembly, Ranking Member
- Education Committee, Connecticut General Assembly
- See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012
Suzio ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 13. Suzio ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012. He was defeated by Dante Bartolomeo (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Connecticut State Senate, District 13, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Len Suzio Incumbent||49.6%||19,655|
- See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010
Suzio was uncontested in the August 10 primary. He was defeated by incumbent Democrat Thomas Gaffey in the November 2 general election.
In 2010, Suzio raised $183,532 in contributions.
His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $161,504 to his campaign.
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.
Suzio received a score of 6 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied for the 13th highest score among the 36 scored members of the Connecticut Senate. He did not receive a score for the 2009-10 term because he was not yet in the legislature.
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Suzio and his wife Kathryn have five children.
- Senate website
- Candidate Facebook profile
- Connecticut Republican Party Candidate Profiles
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- Len Suzio twitter page
- Campaign YouTube page
- Connecticut Mirror "Democrats win 7 of 9 elections," February 22, 2011
- CT Post, "Special elections mean more expenses, more rhetoric," January 9, 2011
- Connecticut Secretary of State "Candidate List" Accessed June 18, 2012
- Connecticut Secretary of State, Official Primary Results
- Connecticut Secretary of State "Election Results 2012" Accessed November 17, 2012
- Connecticut Secretary of State, Election Results
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Yankee Institute for Public Policy, Yankee Institute Voter Guide for 2011-12, October 19, 2012
Thomas Gaffey (D)
|Connecticut State Senate - District 13
| Succeeded by|
Dante Bartolomeo (D)