Len Suzio

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Len Suzio
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Former candidate for
Connecticut State Senate, District 13
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut State Senate District 13
February 22, 2011-2013
Bachelor'sUniversity of Pennsylvania (1970)
Date of birthJanuary 4, 1948
ProfessionFounder/President, bank consulting company
ReligionRoman Catholic
Len Suzio (b. January 4, 1948) was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 13 of the Connecticut State Senate. He previously served in the chamber, representing the same seat from 2011 to 2013. He was elected in a special election on February 22, 2011,[1] to fill the vacancy created when Thomas Gaffey (D) left office after pleading guilty to misdemeanor larceny charges.[2]


Suzio earned his B.S. in Economics and Finance from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. His professional experience includes working as a Founder/President of GeoDataVision, a bank consultant company focusing on federal banking regulations, Director, Executive VP and Senior Loan Officer for American National Bank in Hamden, CT and serving on the Meriden Board of Education from 1995-2005 and as VP of the Board of Directors for High Hopes,a home for children with special needs.

Committee assignments


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


Campaign themes


Suzio's 2011 special election campaign site featured the Republican Party's Common Sense Commitment to Connecticut. Its key points were 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."



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 Dante Bartolomeo was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Len Suzio was unopposed in the Republican primary. Bartolomeo defeated Suzio in the general election.[3][4]

Connecticut State Senate, District 13 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDante Bartolomeo Incumbent 46.6% 13,918
     Republican Len Suzio 45.6% 13,613
     Independent Len Suzio 4% 1,193
     Working Families Dante Bartolomeo Incumbent 3.8% 1,122
Total Votes 29,846


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.[5][6][7]

Connecticut State Senate, District 13, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDante Barolomeo 50.4% 19,934
     Republican Len Suzio Incumbent 49.6% 19,655
Total Votes 39,589


See also: State legislative special elections, 2011; Connecticut state legislative special elections, 2011

Suzio defeated Thomas Bruenn (R) in the February 22, 2011 special election.[8]


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.

Campaign donors


In 2010, Suzio raised $183,532 in contributions.[9]

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.[10]


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.[10]


Suzio and his wife, Kathryn, have five children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Gaffey (D)
Connecticut State Senate - District 13
Succeeded by
Dante Bartolomeo (D)