Kevin Witkos

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Kevin Witkos
Connecticut State Senate District 8
In office
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 5
Assistant Minority Leader
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Connecticut (2007)
Associate'sTunxis Community College (1996)
ProfessionPolice Officer
Office website
Kevin Witkos is a Republican member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 8 since 2009. He currently serves as Assistant Minority Leader.

Witkos was Vice Chair of the Canton Board of Education. He served in the Connecticut State House of Representatives from 2003 to 2008.

Witkos attended the Connecticut State Police Academy in 1989. He earned his AS from Tunxis Community College in 1996. He went on to attend the New England Institute for Law Enforcement Management at the University of Massachusetts in 2002. He then earned his BA in General Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2007.

Witkos has worked as Cheif of the Canton Volunteer Fire Department. He has been a Police Officer for the Town of Canton since 1989.


Political positions

State budget 2010

Witkos discusses the 2010 state budget.

Witkos criticized using tuition money to balance the state budget. A bill passed in Connecticut's General Assembly removes $10 million from Connecticut State University's general fund, which was built partially through student fees, to balance the state budget. This means CSU students lost $337 and University of Connecticut students lost $1,163. Total increase in tuition costs for 2010 came to $950 for CSU students and $1,180 for UConn students.[1]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Kevin Witkos endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance, Revenue and Bonding
General Law
Public Safety and Security


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


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2009
Energy and Technology
General Law
Public Health



See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Witkos ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 8. Witkos ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Daniel J. Seger (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012. [3][4][5]

Connecticut State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Witkos Incumbent 60% 28,498
     Democratic Daniel Seger 40% 18,974
Total Votes 47,472


See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

Witkos ran for re-election to the 8th District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Donald J. O'Brien (D) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut State Senate, District 1 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Witkos (R) 26,417
Donald J. O'Brien (D) 14,026


On November 4, 2008, Witkos won election to the 8th District Seat in the Connecticut State Senate, defeating Arthur House (D).[6]

Connecticut State Senate, District 8 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Witkos (R) 26,853
Arthur House (D) 21,440

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Witkos raised $105,781 in contributions. [7]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $88,495 to his campaign.


In 2008, Witkos collected $133,872 in donations.[8]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $117,387
Daniel Witkos $100
Joseph Woodford $100
Sheila Bahre $100
Susan Markowitz $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.[9]


Witkos received a score of 8 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied for the 2nd highest score among the 36 scored members of the Connecticut Senate. This score was 1 higher than his score of 7 for the 2009-10 term.[9]

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Witkos and his wife, Esther, have two children.

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Connecticut State Senate - District 8
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