Whit Betts

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Whit Betts
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Connecticut House of Representatives, District 78
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Whit Betts is a Republican member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 78. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Children, Ranking Member
Public Health


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



See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Connecticut House of Representatives will consist 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. Dan Santorso was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Whit Betts was unopposed in the Republican primary. Santorso will face Betts in the general election.[1]


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

Betts ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 78. Betts ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Daniel Santorso (D) and George Langer (WF) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 78, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWhit Betts Incumbent 60% 5,908
     Democratic Daniel Santorso 36.4% 3,582
     Working Families George Langer 3.7% 360
Total Votes 9,850


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Betts was uncontested in the August 10 primary. He defeated Democrat Richard G. Covello in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 78 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Whit Betts (R) 4,685
Richard G. Covello (D) 2,750

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Betts is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Betts raised a total of $63,895 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.[5]

Whit Betts's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Connecticut House of Representatives, District 78 Won $32,701
2010 Connecticut House of Representatives, District 78 Won $31,194
Grand Total Raised $63,895


Betts won re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Betts raised a total of $32,701.
Connecticut House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Whit Betts's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$26,600
Betts, Whit$250
Barnes, Thomas O.$150
Ray, Paula$100
Sekorski, Mark$100
Total Raised in 2012$32,701
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Betts raised $31,194 in contributions.[6]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $25,419 to his campaign.


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In 2014, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session from February 5 to May 7.[7]


In 2012, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session from February 8 to May 9.[8]

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.[9]


Betts received a score of 7 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied for the 24th highest score among the 152 scored members of the Connecticut House of Representatives. He did not receive a score for the 2009-10 term because he was not yet in the legislature.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Hamzy
Connecticut House District 78
Succeeded by