Fontana, Steve

District town: North Haven

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Election history: Fontana was elected in 1996, unseating Republican Curtis Andrews. In 2008, he was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party.

2008 general election

Steve Fontana (D) 7,011 55 percent
Steve Fontana (WF) 887 7 percent
Veronica H. Kivela (R) 4,836 38 percent

Public financing: Fontana ($24,975) and Kivela ($25,000) each received public financing for their campaigns under the Citizens’ Election Program. Each returned surplus funds to the state: Fontana, $4,737.04; Kivela, $350.71.

Background: Fontana was the co-chairman of the Energy and Technology Committee, a venue for heated battles over electricity-deregulation, under the previous speaker. The new speaker, Christopher G. Donovan, reassigned Fontana as co-chair of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, putting him in the middle of the battle over health reform.

Fontana sought the position of House majority leader in 2009, ceding the race to Denise Merrill before a formal vote.

He is a member of the North Haven Board of Selectmen.

Committees: Environment, Insurance (co-chair), Transportation

Education: B.A., Oberlin College; M.B.A., Cornell University; J.D., University of Connecticut Law School.

Occupation: Title examiner

2008 Financial Disclosure: He reported outside income from Express Title Services and The Marcus Law Firm, named for the former legislative leader and Democratic state chairman, Edward Marcus. He also had income from the law firm of Palumbo & DeLaura and the town of North Haven. Fontana owns a home in North Haven.

He owns several mutual funds.

Fontana disclosed a debt in excess of $10,000 to CitiMortgage.

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.