Gary LeBeau

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Gary LeBeau
Connecticut State Senate District 3
In office
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 18
Deputy President Pro Tempore
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Massachusetts (1969)
Master'sUniversity of Massachusetts (1976)
Date of birthJune 1, 1947
Place of birthEasthampton, Massachusetts
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Gary LeBeau (b. June 1, 1947) is a Democratic member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 3 since 1997.


Born and raised in Easthampton, Massachusetts, Senator LeBeau was educated in public schools and graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Masters Degree in Education, a Sixth-Year Degree from the University of Connecticut, and Elementary Education Certification from Central Connecticut State University. A former public school teacher for 36 years, LeBeau is now retired.

LeBeau was first elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1990 from the town of East Hartford. While in the state House, he served on the Finance Committee and as vice-chairman of the Commerce Committee. LeBeau was elected to the state Senate in 1996, where he represents the 3rd Senatorial District towns of East Hartford, South Windsor, East Windsor and Ellington.

LeBeau has been a member of the East Hartford Lions Club for 25 years and has held all major offices in the club. He served on the East Hartford Town Council and is currently a member of the Blessed Sacrament/Our Lady of Peace linked parishes, the East Hartford Historical Society, and the League of Women Voters. His professional experience includes founding the Synergy School for at-risk students and working as the coordinator for Drop Out Prevention and Drug-Free Schools Program for the East Hartford schools and serving on the ERASE Board of Directors, The Capital Region Growth Council Board of Directors, the Liquor Control Task Force Against Underage Drinking, the CT Economic Conference Board, the International Trade Council, the Cultural Heritage Committee, and the East Hartford Child Plan.


Political positions

While in the Senate, LeBeau has advocating for a state commitment to the Groton-area submarine base, helping save it from federal budget cuts. Among the issues he has worked on:[1]

  • Tax credits for job creation
  • Major investments in biotechnology, stem cell research and alternative energies such as fuel cells
  • Linking the research departments of various state institutions of higher learning with start-up, high-technology firms; contracting reform
  • State investment in Goodwin College and the Rentschler Field complex.

LeBeau has also supported a transportation study of the Buckland shopping mall area and a legislative Task Force on Fatherhood.

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce, Chair
Energy and Technology, Vice Chair
Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Vice Chair
Legislative Management


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, LeBeau served on these committees:



See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

LeBeau ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 3. LeBeau ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Hector Reveron (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. [2][3][4]

Connecticut State Senate, District 3, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGary LeBeau Incumbent 70.6% 27,640
     Republican Hector Reveron 29.4% 11,531
Total Votes 39,171


See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

LeBeau ran for re-election to the 3rd District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Robert L. Gonzalez (R) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut State Senate, District 3 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gary LeBeau (D) 19,159
Robert L. Gonzalez (R) 10,782


On November 4, 2008, LeBeau won re-election to the 3rd District Seat in the Connecticut State Senate unopposed.[5]

Connecticut State Senate, District 3 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gary LeBeau (D) 28,126

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, LeBeau raised $107,833 in contributions. [6]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $88,380 to his campaign.


In 2008, LeBeau collected $40,655 in donations.[7]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $24,886
Jonathan Hale $200
Jeanne Kehoe $100
Roch Girand $100
Christine Blanchette $100


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.[8]


LeBeau received a score of 0 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied with 15 others for the lowest score among the 36 scored members of the Connecticut Senate. This score was 2 lower than his score of 2 for the 2009-10 term.[8]

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The third senatorial district includes the towns of East Hartford, South Windsor, East Windsor, and Ellington.


LeBeau lives in East Hartford with his wife Joanne, their three children Kara, Matthew and Christopher, and their chocolate Labrador Retriever "Hershey."

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Connecticut State Senate - District 3
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