District towns: Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield, Thomaston
Election history: Piscopo won the seat in 1988, beating Democrat Marie W. Galbraith by 63 votes.
2008 general election
|John. E, Piscopo (R)||7,816||63 percent|
|Joseph Arcuri (D)||4,544||37 percent|
Public financing: Piscopo and Arcuri each qualified for $24,900 in public financing for their campaigns under the Citizens’ Election Program. Arcuri returned a surplus of $852.20 to the state.
Background: Piscopo was one of two legislators in the General Assembly to vote against a bill in 2009 that broadened the coverage that group health plans must give for various forms of autism. He is an advocate of making English the official language.
Committees: Environment, Executive and Legislative Nominations (ranking member), Finance, Legislative Management
Education: B.A., Eastern Connecticut State University
2008 Financial Disclosure: Piscopo reported no outside income, though he owns Picasso Painting, a residential-and-commercial painting business. His wife, Patricia Piscopo, is employed by New Organic, a natural food and vitamins store. They own a home in Thomaston.
His wife owns a mutual fund and a 401 (k) retirement account.
Piscopo filed a confidential addendum listing any debts they have in excess of $10,000. He declined to waive confidentiality, as is his 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.