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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Education

  • BA, Pace University, 1969

Professional Experience

  • BA, Pace University, 1969
  • Executive Director, Shoreline Foundation, 1994-present

Political Experience

  • BA, Pace University, 1969
  • Executive Director, Shoreline Foundation, 1994-present
  • Deputy Leader At Large, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 2019-present
  • Representative, Connecticut State House of Representatives, District 101, 2011-present
  • Minority Caucus Chair, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 2017-2018
  • Candidate, Connecticut State House of Representatives, District 101, 2018
  • Candidate, Connecticut State House of Representatives, District 101, 2006

Former Committees/Caucuses

Member, The Connecticut Commission for Community Service, present

Former Member, Aging Committee, Connecticut State House of Representatives

Former Member, Energy and Technology Committee, Connecticut State House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Conservation and Development, Connecticut State House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on General Government B, Connecticut State House of Representatives

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Appropriations

Member, Children

Member, Education

Member, Legislative Management

Member, Subcommittee on Accountability

Member, Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education

Member, Subcommittee on Higher Education

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • BA, Pace University, 1969
  • Executive Director, Shoreline Foundation, 1994-present
  • Deputy Leader At Large, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 2019-present
  • Representative, Connecticut State House of Representatives, District 101, 2011-present
  • Minority Caucus Chair, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 2017-2018
  • Candidate, Connecticut State House of Representatives, District 101, 2018
  • Candidate, Connecticut State House of Representatives, District 101, 2006
  • Member, Concerned Taxpayers for Education (CTE)
  • Board Member, Madison A Better Chance
  • Board Member, Madison Country Club
  • Former Member, Town Hall Building Committee
  • Member, Board of Selectmen, 1997-2010
  • Chair, Madison Beach and Recreation Commission, 1988-1997
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, Scranton Library, 1984-1996
  • President, Madison Youth Lacrosse League, 1991

Other Info

  • 5

Policy Positions

Connecticut State Legislative Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test

Legislative Priorities

Please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- No Answer

Campaign Finance and Governmental Reform

1. Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Connecticut are closed?
- Yes

2. Should Connecticut continue to recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
- Yes

3. Do you support allowing adopted adults access to the their original birth certificate?
- No Answer

4. Should Connecticut restrict eminent domain to public use?
- Yes

5. Should all court documents be open to public access?
- Undecided

6. Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
- Yes

7. Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
- Yes

8. Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
- Yes

9. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Abortion

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

1. Abortions should always be legal.
- X

2. Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
- No Answer

3. Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
- No Answer

4. Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
- No Answer

5. Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
- X

6. Abortions should always be illegal.
- No Answer

7. Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
- No Answer

8. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Budget and Tax

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.

1. Education (Higher)
- No Answer

2. Education (K-12)
- Greatly Increase

3. Environment
- Slightly Increase

4. Health care
- No Answer

5. Law enforcement
- Maintain Status

6. Transportation and Highway infrastructure
- Greatly Increase

7. Welfare
- No Answer

8. Emergency preparedness
- Slightly Increase

9. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.

1. Should the state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
- Undecided

2. Should accounts such as a ?rainy day? fund be used to balance the state budget?
- No

3. Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
- Undecided

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

5. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

6. Alcohol taxes
- Slightly Increase

7. Capital gains taxes
- No Answer

8. Cigarette taxes
- Slightly Increase

9. Corporate taxes
- No Answer

10. Gasoline taxes
- No Answer

11. Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
- No Answer

12. Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
- No Answer

13. Sales taxes
- No Answer

14. Vehicle taxes
- No Answer

Campaign Finance and Governmental Reform

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

1. Do you support limiting the number of terms for Connecticut governors?
- Undecided

2. Do you support limiting the number of terms for Connecticut state senators and representatives?
- Undecided

Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

1. Individual
- Yes

2. PAC
- Yes

3. Corporate
- Yes

4. Political Parties
- Yes

Crime

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. End parole for repeat violent offenders.
- No Answer

3. Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
- X

4. Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
- No Answer

5. Support the death penalty in Connecticut.
- No Answer

6. Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
- No Answer

7. Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
- X

8. Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
- No Answer

9. Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
- No Answer

10. Require that crimes based on race, ethnic background, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation be prosecuted as hate crimes.
- No Answer

11. Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
- X

12. Strengthen sex-offender laws.
- X

13. Support the restriction of the sale of products used to make methamphetamine (e.g. tablets containing pseudophedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine).
- X

Education

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

1. Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
- No Answer

2. Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
- No Answer

3. Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
- No Answer

4. Increase funds for hiring additional teachers.
- No Answer

5. Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
- No Answer

6. Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
- X

7. Increase funding for Head Start programs.
- No Answer

8. Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
- No Answer

9. Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
- X

10. Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
- No Answer

11. Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
- No Answer

12. Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
- No Answer

13. Support national standards and testing of public school students.
- No Answer

14. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Employment and Affirmative Action

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

1. Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
- X

2. Support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Connecticut's anti-discrimination laws.
- X

3. Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers and teach skills needed in today?s job market.
- No Answer

4. Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
- X

5. Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
- X

6. Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
- No Answer

7. Increase the state minimum wage.
- No Answer

8. Other or expanded principles
- All tax credits must be firmly regulated

Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies? decisions on:

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. State college and university admissions
- No Answer

3. Public employment
- No Answer

4. State contracting
- No Answer

Environment & Energy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

1. Increase funding for improvements to Connecticut's power generating and transmission facilities.
- No Answer

2. Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
- No Answer

3. Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
- No Answer

4. Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
- No Answer

5. Support funding for open space preservation.
- X

6. Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
- No Answer

7. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Gun

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

1. Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

2. Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

3. Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

4. Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
- No Answer

5. Require a license for gun possession.
- X

6. Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
- X

7. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Health

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
- No Answer

3. Transfer current Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
- No Answer

4. Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
- X

5. Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
- No Answer

6. Legalize physician assisted suicide in Connecticut.
- No Answer

7. Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
- X

8. Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
- No Answer

Welfare and Poverty

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

1. Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
- X

2. Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
- No Answer

3. Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
- X

4. Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
- No Answer

5. Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
- No Answer

6. Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
- No Answer

7. Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
- No Answer

8. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

9. Allow large cities to tax land at a higher rate than buildings.
- No Answer

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