District towns: New Britain, Berlin and Farmington
Election history: DeFronzo was elected in 2002, unseating Thomas A. Bozek, a Democrat who became a Republican. In 2008, he easily beat Bozek in a rematch. DeFronzo was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party.
2008 general election:
|Thomas A. Bozek (R)||9,941||(31 percent)|
|Donald J. DeFronzo (D)||20,232||(63 percent)|
|Donald J. DeFronzo (WF)||1,847||(6 percent)|
Public financing: Each received $85,000 in public financing for their campaigns under the Citizens’ Election Program. Each returned a surplus: DeFronzo, $8,893.71; Bozek, $1,393.17.
Background: In 2005, DeFronzo was the at the center of negotiations that led to the passage of campaign finance reforms that banned contributions from lobbyists and state contractors and created a system of publicly financing campaigns.
DeFronzo was mayor of New Britain from 1989 to 1993. He also was employed at the state Department of Labor and Office of Policy and Management.
He is married and the father of two.
Committees:Environment, Finance, Program Review, Transportation (co-chair)
Education: B.A., Fairfield University; M.P.A., University of Connecticut
Occupation: Adjunct faculty, Goodwin College
2008 Financial Disclosure: DeFronzo reported income from Goodwin College, as well as a pension from the state and rent on a property in Stuart, Fla.. His wife, Diane DeFronzo, was employed by the Hospital of Central Connecticut. They own two houses in New Britain and the Florida property.
DeFronzo owned mutual funds and stock in the Bank of America, NSTAR and Verizon.
He reported owing no debts in excess of $10,000.
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.