|Connecticut State Senate District 4|
|January 5, 2011-Present|
|January 7, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Mayor of Manchester|
|Bachelor's||Boston State (1969)|
|Associate's||Manchester Community College (1968)|
|Master's||SUNY Albany (1970)|
|Birthday||March 7, 1947|
|Profession||Small Business Owner|
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 B.A. from Boston State in 1969. He then earned his M.A. 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.
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:
|Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Planning and Development, Co-Chair|
|• Program Review and Investigations|
|• Public Safety and Security|
- 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. 
|Connecticut State Senate, District 4, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Steve Cassano Incumbent||56.5%||24,930|
|Republican||Cheri Ann Pelletier||43.5%||19,184|
- 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)|
|Steve Cassano (D)||18,561|
|Stewart Beckett (R)||18,488|
Comprehensive donor information for Cassano is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Cassano raised a total of $261,618 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.
|Steve Cassano's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Connecticut State Senate, District 4||$128,834|
|2010||Connecticut State Senate, District 4||$132,784|
|Grand Total Raised||$261,618|
2012Cassano won re-election to the Connecticut State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cassano raised a total of $128,834.
|Connecticut State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Steve Cassano's campaign in 2012|
|Diana, Leo V||$100|
|Rotavera, Elizabeth A||$100|
|Salina, Adam P||$100|
|Hughes, Joshua D||$100|
|Total Raised in 2012||$128,834|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Cassano raised $132,784 in contributions. 
His four largest contributors were:
|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.
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.
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Cassano has a wife, Holly.
- Senate website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010
- Steve Cassano facebook page
- Steve Cassano twitter page
- WTNH "Super PAC dumps money into Conn. state Senate race" Accessed October 26, 2012
- Connecticut Secretary of State "Candidate List" Accessed June 18, 2012
- Connecticut Secretary of State, Official Primary Results
- Connecticut Secretary of State "Election Results 2012" Accessed November 17, 2012
- followthemoney.org, "Steve Cassano," Accessed September 17, 2013
- followthemoney.org, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Yankee Institute for Public Policy, Yankee Institute Voter Guide for 2011-12, October 19, 2012
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