Abercrombie, Catherine F.

District towns: Berlin, Meriden

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Election history: Abercrombie was elected in March 2005, winning a special election by 124 votes to succeed Democrat Jim Abrams, who had resigned.

2008 general election

Catherine F. Abercrombie (D) 6,928 68 percent
Kevin Scarpati (R) 3,285 32 percent

Public financing: Abercrombie received $24,900 in public financing for her campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program. She returned $14,261.37 in surplus funds to the state.

Background: Abercrombie was a co-sponsor of a law passed in 2009 that requires insurers to expand coverage for autism spectrum disorders.

She and her husband live in Meriden.

Committees: Higher Education and Employment Advancement, Human Services, Insurance

Education: Maloney High School

Occupation: Owner, residential cleaning company

2008 Financial Disclosure: Abercrombie reported outside income from her business, Company’s Coming Cleaning Service. Her husband, John Abercrombie, is employed by Hamilton Sunstrand.

Abercrombie voluntarily waived confidentiality and reported debts of more than $10,000 to Washington Mutual, Chase Automotive, Connex Credit Union and Harley Davidson.

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.