Baram, David

District towns: Bloomfield, Windsor

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Election history: Baram won a special election March 24, 2009 to succeed four-term Democrat Faith P. McMahon, who died three weeks after the session began in January.

2008 special election

David A. Baram (D) 1,513 56 percent

Joseph P. Merritt (R)

1,038 38 percent
Devaughn L. Ward
172 6 percent

Public financing: Baram and Merritt qualified for public financing. Ward did not.

Background: Baram is a Democratic town chairman and former mayor of Bloomfield who was well-positioned to jump into a special-election race, since name-recognition always is an advantage in a short campaign. He may have been a late arrival to the 2009 legislative session, but he quickly signed on as a sponsor or co-sponsor of 78 bills. Those bills addressed matters as complex as health-care reform and as mundane as safety rules for paint-ball games.

Leo Canty, an AFL-CIO vice president and the Windsor Democratic town chairman, is expected to challenge Baram for the Democratic nomination in 2010.

Committees: Banks, Children, Judiciary

Education: B.A., University of Connecticut; J.D., St. Mary’s University

Occupation: Lawyer, Clayman Tapper & Baram

2008 Financial Disclosure: He reported outside income from his law firm; His wife, Paula, was employed by Beth Hillel Synagogue of Bloomfield and the Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center; a son worked at Cronin and Company, a public-relations firm whose clients include the state. Baram says his son no longer is with the company.

He and his wife own two mutual funds.

Baram filed a confidential addendum listing any debts exceeding $10,000. He declined to release the addendum, as is his choice under the 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.