Doyle, Paul R.

District towns: Cromwell, Middletown, Newington, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield

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Election history: Doyle won an open Senate seat in 2006, succeeding Democrat Biagio Ciotto. He also was elected to six terms in the House, beginning in 1994.

2008 general election:

Ralph Capenera (R) 20,089 (42 percent)
Paul R. Doyle (D) 27,488 (58 percent)

Public financing: Each received $85,000 in public financing for their campaigns under the Citizens’ Election Program. Each returned a surplus; Capenera, $343.14; Doyle, $6,127.79.

Background: Doyle is a moderate who occasionally breaks with the Democratic majority on fiscal and business issues. He was one of five Senate Democrats to vote against the Democratic budget in June 2009, but he voted with the rest of the majority caucus in December for a Democratic deficit-mitigation plan. In 2008, he was one of five Democrats to vote against a bill requiring employers to offer paid sick days.

Doyle is married and lives in Wethersfield.

Committees: Housing, Human Services (co-chair), Judiciary, Regulations Review

Education: B.A., Colby College; J.D., University of Connecticut

Occupation: Lawyer, Henneghan, Kennedy & Doyle

2008 Financial Disclosure: Doyle reported income from his law firm, which had contracts in 2008 to provide legal services to the state of Connecticut and the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority. His wife, Diana Doyle, is employed by the town of Middletown. They own their home in Wethersfield.

Doyle owned several mutual funds and stock in TD Banknorth, Toronto-Dominion Bank, Primerica and MetLife,

Doyle filed a confidential addendum listing any debts exceeding $10,000. He declined to release the addendum, 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. 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.