Willis, Roberta B.

District towns: Cornwall, Goshen, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington

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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.

Occupation: Legislator

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.