John Fonfara

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John Fonfara
Connecticut State Senate District 1
In office
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 17
Deputy Majority Leader
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 Connecticut (1981)
Master'sTrinity College (1991)
ProfessionAdvertising consultant
Office website
John Fonfara is a Democratic member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 1 since 1997. He currently serves as Deputy Majority Leader.

Fonfara served in the Connecticut State House of Representatives from 1986 to 1996.

He earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Connecticut in 1981. He went on to receive his MA in Public Policy from Trinity College in 1991.

Fonfara is an Advertising Consultant and Vice President of Marketing.

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Chair
General Law, Vice Chair
Legislative Management
Program Review and Investigations, Ranking Member


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


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



See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Fonfara ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 1. Fonfara ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Barbara Ruhe (R) and Jeffery Russell (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012. [1][2][3]

Connecticut State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Fonfara Incumbent 80.7% 20,648
     Republican Barbara Ruhe 17.4% 4,447
     Green Jeffery Russell 1.9% 488
Total Votes 25,583


See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

Fonfara ran for re-election to the 1st District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Barbara Ruhe (R) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut State Senate, District 1 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Fonfara (D) 11,980
Barbara Ruhe (R) 3,478
Martha S. Kelly (G) 369


On November 4, 2008, Fonfara won re-election to the 1st District Seat in the Connecticut State Senate, defeating opponents Barbara Ruhe (R) and Michael DeRosa (G).[4]

Connecticut State Senate, District 1 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Fonfara (D) 17,402
Barbara Ruhe (R) 4,027
Michael DeRosa (G) 1,109

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Fonfara raised $183,532 in contributions. [5]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $161,504 to his campaign.


In 2008, Fonfara collected $175,184 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $157,632
Leonard Aniello $100
Luigina Mazzulla $100
Joseph Citino $100
Michael Daly $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.[7]


Fonfara received a score of 0 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied with 16 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.[7]

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