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Len Suzio

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Len Suzio
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Connecticut State Senate District 13
Former Member
In office
February 22, 2011-2013
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionFebruary 22, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Pennsylvania (1970)
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 4, 1948
ProfessionFounder/President, bank consulting company
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
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Len Suzio (b. January 4, 1948) is a former Republican member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 13 from 2011 to 2013. Suzio was elected in a special election on February 22, 2011.[1] Suzio ran to fill the vacancy created when Thomas Gaffey (D) left office after pleading guilty to misdemeanor larceny charges.[2]

Suzio was a Founder/President of GeoDataVision, a bank consultant company focusing on federal banking regulations. He previously worked as the Director, Executive VP, and Senior Loan Officer for American National Bank in Hamden, CT. He served on the Meriden Board of Education from 1995-2005. Suzio has also served as VP of the board of directors for High Hopes (a home for children with special needs) from 1981 to the present. He earned a B.S. in Economics and Finance from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

Suzio's 2011 special election campaign site features the Republican Party's Common Sense Commitment to Connecticut. Its key points are as follows:

  • Spend no more than you make: "Reduce spending to what we can reasonably anticipate in revenue without assessing new taxes. Abide by the constitutional spending cap."
  • Borrow only what you can afford to pay back: "Cap bonding levels which result in a debt service of no more that 10% of the annual budget. Borrowing should be restricted for public works projects, including school construction, roads and rails, serving the greater public good and creating jobs for Connecticut workers. Eliminate earmarks – Fund all projects by competitive grant to be awarded based upon measured return on investment i.e., job creation/economic development."
  • If it's not broken, don't fix it. But if it's not working, get rid of it: "All State government programs must be result-based, with a 2-year period of review. If it is not achieving stated results, the program is eliminated. If achieving results, it will continue for 2 more years."
  • The more government tries to do, the less it does well: "Focus on core government functions:Public safety, education, transportation, public health. Strive for excellence in each government function. Privatize non-core functions."
  • We should all have the government we need, but only the go: "Consolidate government services to eliminate duplication, excess, and waste."

Committee assignments

2011-2012

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

Elections

2012

See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Suzio ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 13. Suzio ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012. He was defeated by Dante Bartolomeo (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Connecticut State Senate, District 13, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDante Barolomeo 50.4% 19,934
     Republican Len Suzio Incumbent 49.6% 19,655
Total Votes 39,589

2011

See also: State legislative special elections, 2011; Connecticut state legislative special elections, 2011

Suzio defeated Thomas Bruenn (R) in the February 22, 2011 special election.[6]

2010

See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

Suzio was uncontested in the August 10 primary. He was defeated by incumbent Democrat Thomas Gaffey in the November 2 general election.

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Suzio raised $183,532 in contributions. [7]

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

Scorecards

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]

2012

Suzio received a score of 6 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied for the 13th highest score among the 36 scored members of the Connecticut Senate. He did not receive a score for the 2009-10 term because he was not yet in the legislature.[8]

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Personal

Suzio and his wife Kathryn have five children.

External links

References

Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Gaffey (D)
Connecticut State Senate - District 13
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Dante Bartolomeo (D)