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Martin Looney
Connecticut State Senate District 11
In office
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 22
Senate Majority Leader
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Connecticut House of Representatives
Bachelor'sFairfield University (1970)
Master'sUniversity of Connecticut (1972)
J.D.University of Connecticut (1985)
Date of birthJuly 23, 1948
Place of birthNew Haven, CT
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Martin M. Looney (b. July 23, 1948) is a Democratic member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing District 11 since 1993. In 1995 he served as Senate Assistant Minority Leader. He has been Senate Majority Leader since 2002.

Looney was Treasurer for the New Haven Democratic Town Committee from 1976 to 1978. He served in the Connecticut State House of Representatives from 1980 to 1992.

Looney earned his BA in English and Theology from Fairfield University in 1970. He went on to receive his MA in English from the University of Connecticut in 1972. He then earned his JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1985.

Looney worked as a Practitioner in Residence for the Department of Public Safety and Criminal Justice Program at the University of New Haven. He was a Public Information Aide for the City of New Haven from 1976 to 1980. He has been an attorney for Keyes, Looney, and Murphy from 1985 to the present. He has also been Adjunct Faculty for the University of New Haven since 1998 and for Quinnipiac College since 2001.

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Executive and Legislative Nominations, Chair
Legislative Management, Vice Chair


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


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



See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Looney ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 11. Looney ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He also ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012. [1][2][3]

Connecticut State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMartin Looney Incumbent 100% 28,689
Total Votes 28,689


See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

Looney ran for re-election to the 11th District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Matthew J. Corcoran (R) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut State Senate, District 11 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Martin Looney (D) 19,438
Matthew J. Corcoran (R) 5,597


On November 4, 2008, Looney won re-election to the 11th District Seat in the Connecticut State Senate unopposed.[4]

Connecticut State Senate, District 11 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Martin Looney (D) 27,320

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Looney raised $103,499 in contributions. [5]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $84,606 to his campaign.


In 2008, Looney collected $41,993 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $22,580
Martin Looney $660
Connecticut Working Families Party $630
CT State Democratic Central Committee $303
Louise Coppola $140


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]


Looney 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.[7]

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Looney and his wife, Ellen, have one child.

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Connecticut State Senate - District 11
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