Berger, Jeffery J.

District town: Waterbury

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Election history: Berger was elected in 2000 to an open seat with 61 percent of the vote, succeeding Democrat Joan V. Hartley.

2008 general election

Jeffrey Berger (D) 5,622 80 percent
Michael J. Telesca (I) 1,430 20 percent

Public financing: Berger qualified for $15,000 in public financing under the Citizens’ Election Program. He returned $368.16 in surplus funds to the state.

Background: Berger, a retired Waterbury police officer, was a city alderman before his election to the legislature.

He voted against a minimum wage increase in 2008, but he switched positions when Democrats needed his vote to override Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s veto.

Committees: Commerce (co-chair), Finance, Judiciary.

Education: B.A., B.S., Eckerd College.

Occupation: Realtor, Century 21

2008 Financial Disclosure: Berger reported outside income from Century 21. His wife, Noreen Berger, is a Waterbury school teacher. They own a home in Waterbury.

She owns mutual funds, which Berger did not identify.

He voluntarily disclosed two debts exceeding $10,000: a mortgage from Washington Mutual Mortgage and a GMAC car loan

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.