District towns: Clinton, Killingworth, Westbrook
Election history: O’Connor won an open seat in 2000, succeeding Democrat Robert A. Landino.
2008 general election
|Brian J. O’Connor (D)||9,096||100 percent|
Public financing: O’Connor did not seek public financing for his campaign.
Background: O’Connor was one of three House Democrats who voted for the SustiNet health bill during the regular session in 2009, then switched sides and voted to sustain Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s veto. Democrats still overrode the veto with one vote to spare. O’Connor has shied from bills that might add costs to doing business in Connecticut, voting against requiring paid sick days and mandating areas of coverage for health insurers.
To register his displeasure over environmental regulations that he says drive up the cost of doing business in Connecticut, O’Connor filed a bill in 2010 that would have eliminated the Department of Environmental Protection and transferred its duties to the Department of Economic and Community Development. He said he intended the bill to spark debate.
Committees: Banks, Energy and Technology, Insurance, Legislative Management
Education: B.S., University of Colorado
Occupation: Director, Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce.
2008 Financial Disclosure: O’Connor reported outside income from the Middlesex County chamber. His wife, Karen O’Connor, is employed by the state Office of Consumer Counsel. They own a home in Clinton.
They own two mutual funds.
O’Connor filed a confidential addendum listing a debt or debts exceeding $10,000. He declined to waive confidentiality, as allowed by law.
A note on financial disclosure: Every spring, officials are required to disclose the ownership of real estate, the source of any income exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year and securities worth more than $5,000. They also are required to file an addendum in which they report any debt of more than $10,000; this may by law be kept confidential