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John J. Shaban
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Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Connecticut District 4
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Connecticut House of Representatives, District 135
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sPace University
Office website
Campaign website
John J. Shaban is a Republican member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 135. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

He was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 4th Congressional District of Connecticut.[1]


Shaban attended the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned his A.B.A. Environmental Law Certificate from the School of Law at Pace University in 1993.

Shaban was a semi-pro football player from 1985 to 1989 and from 1994 to 2006. He has also worked as a football coach for the Aspetuck Wildcats. Shaban has been employed as a fact finder/arbitrator for the Connecticut Judicial Branch and as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). In 2003, he was partner of the Litigation Department of Whitman, Breed, Abbott, and Morgan.

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment, Ranking Member
Finance, Revenue and Bonding


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



See also: Connecticut's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Shaban plans to run in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing Connecticut's 4th District. He will seek the nomination on the Republican ticket.[1] The general election will take place on November 4, 2014.


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

Shaban ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 135. Shaban ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Leon Karvelis (D) and Gabriel Rossi (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012. [2][3][4]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 135, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn T. Shaban Incumbent 52.4% 6,588
     Democratic Leon J. Karvelis 45% 5,661
     Green Gabriel B. Rossi 2.6% 326
Total Votes 12,575


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Shaban was uncontested in the August 10 primary. He defeated Democrat Carl D. Bernstein and Green Party candidate David A. Bedell in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 135 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John J. Shaban (R) 5,715
Carl D. Bernstein (D) 4,240
David A. Bedell (G) 184

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Shaban is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Shaban raised a total of $67,265 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.[5]

John J. Shaban's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Connecticut House of Representatives, District 135 Won $36,060
2010 Connecticut House of Representatives, District 135 Won $31,205
Grand Total Raised $67,265


Shaban won re-election to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Shaban raised a total of $36,060.
Connecticut House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John J. Shaban's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$26,750
Cremin, Christine E.$100
Webdale, Ralph$100
Berry, Gregory J.$100
Streit, David$100
Total Raised in 2012$36,060
Source: Follow the Money


In 2010, Shaban raised $31,205 in contributions. [6]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $24,645 to his campaign.


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]


Shaban received a score of 9 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied for the 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.[7]


Shaban and his wife have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Stripp
Connecticut House District 135
Succeeded by