Geragosian, John

District towns: New Britain

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Election history: Geragosian was elected in 1994, succeeding Democrat Raymond M. Joyce in this solidly Democratic district. In 2008, he was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party.

2008 general election

John C. Geragosian (D) 3,890 78 percent
John C. Geragosian (WF) 200 4 percent
Barbara Krajewski (R) 916 18 percent

Public financing: Geragosian qualified for $25,000 in public financing for his campaign. He returned $11,007 to the state.

Background: Geragosian is the senior member of New Britain’s legislative delegation, whose members are drawn from a strong progressive wing of the city’s Democratic Party. He is an advocate of universal health care who sees the state’s insurers as primarily adding cost to the health system.

He was the unexpected choice of his close friend and ally, House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan, to become co-chairman of the Appropriations Committee in 2009.

Committees: Appropriations (co-chair), Insurance, Legislative Management

Education: B.A., University of Connecticut

Occupation: Realtor

2008 Financial Disclosure: Geragosian reported outside income from Unique Realty. His wife, Audrey H. Geragosian, is employed by the Connecticut State Medical Society. They own homes in New Britain and Charlestown, R.I.

They own no securities worth more than $5,000.

They voluntarily disclosed debts of more than $10,000 to National City Mortgage and Webster Bank.

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.