District towns: Cornwall, Goshen, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington
Election history: Willis won an open seat in 2000 with 53 percent of the vote, succeeding Republican Andrew Roraback, who was elected to the state Senate. In 2008, she was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party and unopposed by the GOP.
2008 general election
|Roberta B. Willis (D)||8,293||87 percent|
|Roberta B. Willis (WF)||1,231||13 percent|
Public financing: Willis qualified for $7,500 in public financing for her campaign, but she returned the entire grant and $1,447.97 in other surplus funds to the state.
Background: Willis is a long-time political activist and former teacher who with the actress Meryl Streep and others founded Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet, a group that focuses on removing environmental toxins from children’s food.
Committees: Appropriations, Environment, Higher Education and Employment Advancement (co-chair)
Education: A.A., Northwest Connecticut Community College; B.A., Vassar.
2008 Financial Disclosure: Willis declared no wages other than her legislative salary. Her husband, William F. Willis, is a partner in the Founders Insurance Group. They own a home in the Lakeville section of Salisbury and property in Au Sable Forks, N.Y. Willis is part-owner of a building in Sharon.
They own a dozen stocks, including AIG, General Electric, CL&P, Pfizer and Fuel Cell Energy of Danbury.
Willis filed a confidential addendum listing any debts exceeding $10,000. She declined to release the addendum, as is her 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.