District towns: Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, Wilton
Election history: Boucher won an open Senate seat in 2008, succeeding Republican Judith Freeman. She was elected to six terms in House, beginning in 1996. In 2008, her opponent was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party.
2008 general election
|Toni Boucher (R)||28,704||53 percent|
|John Hartwell (D)||24,820||46 percent|
|John Hartwell (WF)||749||1 percent|
Public financing: Boucher received $85,000 in public financing under the Ciizens’ Election Program and returned a surplus of $433.45.
Hartwell received $84,500 and returned $164.87.
Background: In the House, Boucher was known for her emotional opposition to legalizing medical marijuana. Boucher was overcome as the House passed the bill in 2007, but she needn’t have worried. Rell vetoed the measure.
Boucher voted for a law that requires hospitals to provide emergency contraceptives for rape victims, and she backed an unsuccessful effort to require gun owners to report stolen firearms. She opposed restricting junk foods in schools and requiring restaurants to list calorie counts on menus.
She was a member of the Wilton and state Boards of Education.
Boucher was born in Italy. She is married and the mother of three. She and her husband live in Wilton.
Committees: Children (ranking member), Education, Finance, Transportation (ranking member)
Education: B.S., American University; B.A., University of South Dakota; M.B.A., University of Connecticut
Occupation: Business executive
2008 Financial Disclosure: Boucher reported wages from the Commonfund Institute, which advises non-profits on financial practices. Her husband, Henry Boucher, reported income from his company, Deerwood Capital, and pension income from Marsh & McLennan and Deloitte & Touche. They own a home in Wilton.
They own stock in AT&T, General Electric and Tesoro Distributors.
Boucher voluntarily disclosed a debt of more than $10,000 to Bank of America.
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.