Paul Formica

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Paul Formica
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Connecticut State Senate, District 20
In office
January 7, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Paul Formica is a Republican member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2015
Energy and Technology, Ranking Member
Public Safety and Security


Campaign themes


Formica's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

The Economy

  • Excerpt: "It’s time we look at where we are as a country and take immediate action to guarantee that the “American Dream” will be available for every generation of future Americans. We need to be able to leave our kids a truly “United” States of America that is safe and financially secure."


  • Excerpt: "I am an independent leader, who if sent to Washington, will fight to ensure that Americans can have access to affordable and quality healthcare through a free-market approach. The legislation that was passed by Congressman Joe Courtney, a Democratic Congress and the Obama Administration is an attack on individual liberty and freedom, adding taxes; it does not address the true problems that must be solved in the years ahead."

National Defense

  • Excerpt: "As the premier country in the world we have to come from a position of strength. I support a strong national defense and I support all of our families who have family members defending our country."



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. Elizabeth B. Ritter defeated William L. Satti in the Democratic primary, while Paul M. Formica was unopposed in the Republican primary. Formica defeated Ritter in the general election. Ritter was also endorsed by the Working Families Party.[1][2][3]

Connecticut State Senate, District 20 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul M. Formica 51.3% 16,103
     Democratic Elizabeth Ritter 41.7% 13,077
     Independent Paul M. Formica 4.5% 1,404
     Working Families Elizabeth Ritter 2.6% 804
Total Votes 31,388
Connecticut State Senate, District 20 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Ritter 65.5% 2,837
William Satti 34.5% 1,495
Total Votes 4,332


See also: Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Formica ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Connecticut's 2nd District. Formica won the nomination on the Republican ticket. Formica defeated Daria Novak in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[4] He faced incumbent Joe Courtney, Dan Reale (L), and Colin D. Bennet (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012. Courtney was re-elected.[5]

U.S. House, Connecticut District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Courtney Incumbent 68.2% 204,708
     Republican Paul M Formica 29.4% 88,103
     Green Colin D. Bennet 1.2% 3,638
     Libertarian Dan Reale 1.2% 3,511
Total Votes 299,960
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDaria Novak 67.2% 14,440
Paul Formica 32.8% 7,042
Total Votes 21,482

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Formica's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Formica did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Formica's campaign committee raised a total of $121,351 and spent $120,994.[6]



In 2014, Formica's endorsements include the following:[7]

  • Independent Party of Connecticut
  • National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)
  • Connecticut Realtors Association


Formica is widowed and has three children.[8]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Andrea Stillman (D)
Connecticut State Senate - District 20
Succeeded by