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Steve Cassano
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Connecticut State Senate District 4
In office
January 5, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Manchester
Associate'sManchester Community College (1968)
Bachelor'sBoston State (1969)
Master'sSUNY Albany (1970)
Date of birthMarch 7, 1947
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Office website
Steve Cassano (b. March 7, 1947) is a Democratic member of the Connecticut State Senate, representing the 4th district since 2011.

He formerly served as deputy mayor of Manchester in 1977. Cassano was also the city's mayor from 1991 to 2005.

Cassano received a degree from Manchester Community College in 1968. He went on to receive his BA from Boston State in 1969. He then earned his MA in Urban Sociology from SUNY Albany in 1970. In 1975, he receive an MSW from the University of Connecticut.

Cassano has worked as a sociology teacher for Manchester Community College. He has been the owner of The Childrens Place Inc. since 1984.

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance, Revenue and Bonding
Program Review and Investigations


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


SuperPAC spending

A super PAC called Voters for Good Government has spent nearly $40,000 in advertising opposing Democratic incumbent state senator Cassano and urging voters to vote Republican.[1]



See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Cassano ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 4. Cassano ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Cheri Ann Pelletier (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. [2][3][4]

Connecticut State Senate, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Cassano Incumbent 56.5% 24,930
     Republican Cheri Ann Pelletier 43.5% 19,184
Total Votes 44,114


See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2010

Cassano was uncontested in the August 10 primary. He defeated Republican Stewart Beckett in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut State Senate, District 4 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Cassano (D) 18,561
Stewart Beckett (R) 18,488

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Cassano raised $132,784 in contributions. [5]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $87,901
Senate Democrats Victory PAC $13,257
Democrats For New Leadership $9,998
Democratic Senate Majority PAC Of Connecticut $4,650


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]


Cassano 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. He did not receive a score for the 2009-10 term because he was yet in the legislature.[6]

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Cassano has a wife, Holly.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mary Ann Handley
Connecticut State Senate District 4
Succeeded by