Whit Betts

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Whit Betts
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Connecticut House of Representatives, District 78
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Whit Betts is a Republican member of the Connecticut House of Representatives. He has represented the 78th district since 2011.

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Children, Ranking Member
Public Health


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



See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

Betts ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 78. Betts ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Daniel Santorso (D) and George Langer (WF) in the general election on November 6, 2012. [1][2][3]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 78, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWhit Betts Incumbent 60% 5,908
     Democratic Daniel Santorso 36.4% 3,582
     Working Families George Langer 3.7% 360
Total Votes 9,850


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Betts was uncontested in the August 10 primary. He defeated Democrat Richard G. Covello in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 78 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Whit Betts (R) 4,685
Richard G. Covello (D) 2,750

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Betts raised $31,194 in contributions. [4]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $25,419 to his campaign.


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.[5]


Betts received a score of 7 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied for the 24th highest score among the 152 scored members of the Connecticut House of Representatives. He did not receive a score for the 2009-10 term because he was not yet in the legislature.[5]

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Preceded by
William Hamzy
Connecticut House District 78
Succeeded by