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Thomas Gaffey
Retired office holder
Former member
Prior offices
Connecticut State Senate District 13
1995 - 2011
Thomas Gaffey was a Democratic member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 13. He joined the Connecticut State Senate in 1995 and served in that position until 2011. From 1997 to 2007 he was Chief Deputy Majority Leader. He served as Chief Deputy President Pro Tempore from 2007 to 2011. Gaffey left office after pleading guilty to misdemeanor larceny charges.[1] A special election will be held February 22 to elect a replacement.[2]

Gaffey was a member of the New England Board of Higher Education. In 1995 he attended the University of Virginia's Darden School for Emerging Political Leaders. He has been on the Meridian Democratic Town Committee from 1986 to the present.

Gaffey earned his B.A. from Southern Connecticut State University.

Gaffey was a Legislative Aide for House Speaker Irving J. Stolberg and an Executive Aide for Governor William A. O'Neill. He has worked as Assistant Clerk for the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. He has also been a Public Relations Director for the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority. From 1985 to 1989 he was Executive Assistant to the Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He is currently Division Head of Recycling and Environmental Education for the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority.

Committee assignments

Prior to leaving the senate, Gaffey served on the following committees:



See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

Gaffey ran for re-election to the 13th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Len Suzio (R) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut State Senate, District 13 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Gaffey (D) 18,369
Len Suzio (R) 13,238


On November 4, 2008, Gaffey won re-election to the 13th District Seat in the Connecticut State Senate, defeating Tim Lenox (R).[3]

Connecticut State Senate, District 13 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Gaffey (D) 27,387
Tim Lenox (R) 10,543

Campaign donors

In 2008, Gaffey collected $100,632 in donations.[4]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $84,900
Connecticut Democratic Party $303
August DeFrance $100
James Trainor $100
Benjamin Kahn $100

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Gaffey and his wife, Kathleen, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Connecticut State Senate - District 13
Succeeded by
Len Suzio (R)