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Joseph Crisco
Connecticut State Senate District 17
In office
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 21
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Connecticut (1959)
BirthdayJune 2, 1934
Place of birthNew Haven, CT
Office website
Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. (b. June 2, 1934) is a Democratic member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 17 since 1993. He is currently Federal Relations Liaison and Deputy Caucus Leader.

Crisco was a member of the Woodbridge Board of Education and the State Board of Higher Education.

He earned his BS in Accounting from the University of Connecticut in 1959. He went on to attend Graduated Studies at Trinity College.

Crisco has worked as an Associate Professor in Economics at the University of New Haven, Sacred Heart University, and Quinnipiac College. He was Government Liaison for United Technologies Corporation from 1976 to 1986. He then worked as Director of Government Affairs for United Technologies Corporation from 1986 to 1990. He has been National Director of State and Local Government Affairs for United Technologies Corporation since 1990.

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Banks, Vice Chair
Commerce, Vice Chair
Executive and Legislative Nominations
Insurance and Real Estate, Chair
Legislative Management


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


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



See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Crisco ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 17. Crisco ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Tony Szewczyk (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. [1][2]

Connecticut State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Crisco Incumbent 71.2% 26,994
     Republican Tony Szeqczyk 28.8% 10,944
Total Votes 37,938


See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

Crisco ran for re-election to the 17th District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Tamath K. Rossi (R) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut State Senate, District 17 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Joseph Crisco (D) 16,666
Tamath K. Rossi (R) 12,292


On November 4, 2008, Crisco won re-election to the 17th District Seat in the Connecticut State Senate, defeating Tamath Rossi (R).[3]

Connecticut State Senate, District 17 (2008)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Joe Crisco (D) 23,692
Tamath Rossi (R) 13,659

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Crisco raised $103,811 in contributions. [4]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $88,400 to his campaign.


In 2008, Crisco collected $92,640 in donations.[5]

Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Democrats for New Leadership $9,276
Senate Democrats Victory PAC $8,609
Connecticut Uniformed Firefighters Association $1,500
AFSCME Council 4 $1,500
Insurance Finance Advisers CT PAC C $1,500


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.[6]


Crisco 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.[6]

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Crisco and his wife, Pat, have six children.

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